Destinations

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Navarre may get its first beach wheelchair

Navarre may get its first beach wheelchair

Navarre Beach doesn’t have beach wheelchairs, but that could soon change. The Santa Rosa County Tourist Devel­opment Council (TDC) Jan. 21 approved purchase of a $1,600 beach wheelchair. The wheelchair will be used exclusively and stored by Heroes on the Water (HOW), a nonprofit organization aimed to help veterans by providing therapeutic kayak fishing excursions. Frank […]

Extra bed tax kicks in as tourism revenues soar

Extra bed tax kicks in as tourism revenues soar

It’s been a banner year for tourism, both locally and statewide. An additional one-cent county bed tax, levied for Navarre Beach renourishment, also started in June. That added kick has boosted local tourism revenues, which have gradually recovered following the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree says June’s bed tax revenues, which topped $298,000, may be the highest […]

Signs of the season

Signs of the season

Local businesses and residents know that the summer tourist season officially is underway on the Emerald Coast including Navarre Beach. AAA Travel estimated 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5 percent increase from last year.  Additionally, AAA reports more than eight in 10 travelers will drive to […]

Gulf Breeze advances with golf course renovations

Gulf Breeze advances with golf course renovations

The Gulf Breeze City Council voted unanimously Monday to begin negotiations for the renovation of the Tiger Point Golf Course Clubhouse and Pro Shop. The city will negotiate a contract with architectural firm Bay Design Associates, Inc. for the design and construction management of the renovation. “We had some communication with the architects and they […]