Summerwind 801-C

Navarre Beach is a strip of development just over 3 miles in length along Santa Rosa Island. To the east is a state park and about 12 miles of undeveloped Air Force property. To the west is a Gulf Islands National Seashore preserve followed by a state park with over 10 miles of undeveloped Florida beach and dunes. Depending on how recently a hurricane has washed out the road, a highway connects Navarre Beach to Pensacola Beach and from there to Gulf Breeze and Pensacola. This can be an amazing, nearly unique drive. There are few places in the world like that left.

Summerwind is a high-rise development with three towers, and three swimming pools. 801-C is in the center tower. It is a bright, cheery unit with glass windows and doors overlooking the gulf from the Living/dining room area and kitchen as well as from the master bedroom. A balcony extends along the Gulf front as well as along the east side of the condo.

We chose the eight floor for a reason. The condo is high enough that the sounds from the swimming pools aren't a problem. It is high enough for a panoramic view, bot not too high for good views of the beach.

Food

Unfortunately, places to eat in the Navarre area are somewhat sparse. On the island at Navarre there is Sailor's Grill which is a pretty active nightspot. At the turn from the causeway to the beach road there is Broussard's Bayou Grill, a welcome addition with, of course, Cajun cuisine. It can get packed, particularly on weekends. There is a restaurant at the pier right next door which isn't much more than a snack bar, but with pretty good food and music at night.

The restaurant choices in Navarre itself keep changing. There is no place we consider outstanding, but you can find some pretty good fried seafood there, particularly at Shrimp Basket of Navarre.

There is a wider selection at Pensacola Beach (with the beautiful drive through the undeveloped parts of the island).

It is about 25 minutes to Fort Walton, where there is a wide selection of restaurants. We particularly like the Bay Cafe French Restaurant, which is on the sound at the bridge. Go there on a clear night and dine outside. You can also step back 50 or more years and dine at The Magnolia Grill with abundant amounts of good food served in an old time Fort Walton house. Cross over to Fort Walton Beach and there are more choices, or go a bit further into Destin (can quickly get pricey there).


For an even more laid back vacation at the beach, check out The Beach Burrow at St. George Island, also on the Florida Panhandle.
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