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Stingy
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TN
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How does Navarre Beach compare to Orange Beach?

We usually vacation in Orange Beach because of the small crowds and family atmosphere. It's also a convenient location.

Navarre Beach looks to not be as convenient to restaurants and shopping but is it family friendly? Less of a party crowd than PCB or Destin?

Any other info. about Navarre Beach is appreciated.


ColoradoAg03
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Member since Oct 2012
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Quieter, less trashy.

AKA perfect for families.

ETA: easy drive to Gulfarium Marine Park in Fort Walton to take the kids for a half a day.
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BigDroop
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Member since Jun 2008
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Very family friendly. Mostly rent houses. Beaches arent very busy either


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stapuffmarshy
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I was in Jaws 2 when they filmed it at the holidome in Navarre.

Back then it was a oasis. Nothing there but that hotel. I'm sure it's better than the Bama beaches


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777Tiger
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if you think OB is nice, you'll think you're on the French Riviera in Navarre


BowDownToLSU
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Navarre definitely more family friendly


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Sir Drinksalot
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Orange beach does not have small crowds.


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Thib-a-doe Tiger
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Do you want to go to a beach? Yeah?


Pick one from OB to 30a. Don’t worry about what all the other people there are doing and you’ll have a much better time


ETA: meant for OP
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CHEDBALLZ
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South Central LA
Member since Dec 2009
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Navarre Beach doesn't have much, it's much more quieter and less packed than Orange Beach. With that said, I rather it.


t00f
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You can go to the state park and get completely away from anyone else and have the beach to yourself.


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GOON
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Member since Mar 2008
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Navarra Beach is awesome. Close enough to Destin to go check out touristy stuff, but quiet and not crowded.

Take the kids to Big Kahunas water park - loved that place as a kid.


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VolsOut4Harambe
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Don't go to Gulf Shores. We will be taking that bitch over in a couple of weeks.


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Roll Tide Ravens
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Member since Nov 2015
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I find it interesting that there are always a few LSU fans who bash the AL Gulf Coast. I see a lot of your brethren there every summer repping purple and gold.

Also, the Ft. Morgan area is a great place to stay. Much more secluded (mostly beach houses except for a couple of condo complexes) but only a 15 minute drive back to Gulf Shores. Only “complaint” about it is that you can see natural gas rigs, but they are all several miles off of the coast.
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Thib-a-doe Tiger
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quote:

Also, the Ft. Morgan area is a great place to stay. Much more secluded (mostly beach houses except for a couple of condo complexes) but only a 15 minute drive back to Gulf Shores.




Nah baw. Phoenix west 2 is in the goat location
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GusMcRae
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Member since Oct 2008
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I really like Navarre Beach. Just west of there is a long stretch of completely undeveloped beachfront. It’s a preserve/park: Gulf Islands National Seashore. Pack up some chairs and an ice chest and pick your spot. You can find complete isolation... your own private beach.

It’s like that almost all the way to Pensacola Beach.

Ft. Walton and PCB are easy drives from Navarre.

Juana’s Pagodas is a good spot for cocktails and casual dining.


Stingy
LSU Fan
TN
Member since Mar 2014
1907 posts

Thanks for the great info. And for the record we go to OB every year for spring break in late March, so thats what I mean by quiet.


ColoradoAg03
Texas A&M Fan
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quote:

Juana’s Pagodas is a good spot for cocktails and casual dining.



and volleyball


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Placebeaux
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Member since Jun 2008
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The Holidome GOAT RIP



SippyCup
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Member since Sep 2008
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Sand and water just as nice as Destin but nothing to do on that side of the bridge outside of the beach.

If you're looking for a quiet beach and minimal traffic, you will love it.


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Grit-Eating Shin
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I love Navarre. I really like how it's separated from the main drag. It keeps it nice & quite.

The only problem is that the seaweed can sometimes get stuck at the shore for days at a time. Someone told me that they did some dredging after Ivan to rehab the sand dunes, and that caused a sort of bowl effect in the water immediately off the shore. It can be pretty thick when it gets stuck like that, and of course there are plenty of jelly fish that get stuck with it.

Pensacola is really nice, particularly the eastern side of the island, which is very quiet. I've never really had that problem with seaweed there.


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