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Navarre Beach named a ‘Hidden Gem’ getaway

Navarre Beach named a ‘Hidden Gem’ getaway

TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites, has listed Navarre Beach on a list of 10 Affordable Hidden Gem getaways for the winter season. The TripAdvisor website says of the list, “TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals has rounded up 10 super affordable US getaways this winter for staying in a rental, many of which are worthy […]

Popularity of beach cam still going strong

Popularity of beach cam still going strong

Kenny Wilder started his webcam at Navarre Beach in 2006 for the purpose of showing the progress of the beach restoration project. Once the project ended in November, the camera, located high above the beach of the 15th floor of the Bell Mer Condominium building, remained in place because of the interest generated from it. […]

Bride shares wedding date with Country on the Sound

Bride shares wedding date with Country on the Sound

Ranee Roberts was looking forward to her quiet wedding on Navarre Beach next month. The Alabama resident and her fiancé, Chris Phillips, invited around 30 people to the Sept. 26 ceremony. So when she received a call from the county a few weeks ago, before she even knew the reason, she told the man on […]

Jellyfish get in the swim with summer tourists

Jellyfish get in the swim with summer tourists

Purple flags have been waving along Navarre Beach for a good part of the summer, alerting swimmers to “dangerous marine life” in the Gulf of Mexico. Although no one keeps official records on jellyfish stings, lifeguards at Pensacola Beach said they have been consoling and treating dozens of victims daily through most of July. August […]

Tourism numbers continue to increase

Tourism numbers continue to increase

Tourism is booming in Santa Rosa County, Tourist Development Director Julie Morgan said at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast July 31. “We are flying higher than we ever have been,” she told the audience. “So we really need to be proud of ourselves.” Morgan’s office is responsible for promoting Santa Rosa […]

Looking back: 50 years since the Navarre pass

Looking back: 50 years since the Navarre pass

It’s been 50 years since a pass connected the Santa Rosa Sound to the Gulf of Mexico. And with it, 50 years of hoping for a second chance. To hear Phil Babiak tell the story, the building of Navarre’s pass was somewhat serendipitous. “Rumor has it there was a dredge company in New Orleans owned […]

Touring Pensacola on a Segway

Touring Pensacola on a Segway

In addition to its cosmopolitan downtown and top-rated beaches, Pensacola is also rich in history. Founded by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano in 1559, it was the first European settlement in the continental United States; however, it failed to thrive under Spain’s rule. The country abandoned it only to return in 1698. France, which settled New Orleans, began […]

Seashore to increase fees

Seashore to increase fees

Starting June 14, Gulf Islands National Seashore will increase entrance fees in order to fund maintenance and improvement projects that directly serve and benefit visitors within the park.  Eighty percent of fees collected stay in the park, according to a release from the Seashore. An annual pass will increase from $25 to $30; fees per […]

Dr. Beach’s best beaches for 2015

Dr. Beach’s best beaches for 2015

Here is the top 10 list of best beaches for summer 2015 as rated by Stephen Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University specializing in environment and coastal studies. Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, issues the list annually using criteria including safety, cleanliness and accessibility. 1. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii 2. Barefoot […]

Spring Break 2015 is underway

Spring Break 2015 is underway

Check out our comprehensive look at spring break dates. On Spring Break – March 9 – 13, 2015 Albertus Magnus College Albion College Alfred University Alverno College American International College American University Antioch New England Appalachian State University Arizona State University Austin Peay State University Baylor University Becker College Bemidji State University Benedict College Bentley College […]

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