Navarre Beach, Florida

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Navarre Beach is the beach neighborhood of Navarre, Florida in Santa Rosa County in the U.S. state of Florida. It is on Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico.[1] The community is considered part of the PensacolaFerry PassBrent Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Immediately to its east is Navarre Beach County Park, formerly one of Florida's state parks. Immediately to its west is a portion of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and further west is the city of Pensacola Beach. To the north, across Santa Rosa Sound and on the mainland, is the community of Navarre.

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Navarre Beach experiences hurricanes, and severe damage was done by several. Erin and Opal in 1995, Hurricane Ivan in September 2004, and Hurricane Dennis in July 2005 each had significant impacts on the community. Landfalling hurricanes cause significant damage to Navarre Beach due to its position on a low-lying barrier island. Other hurricanes have affected the area, while not leaving severe damage, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Isaac in 2012, and Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Much of the 1978 film Jaws 2 was filmed at Navarre Beach.[2] Hotel scenes in the movie were filmed at the Navarre Beach Holiday Inn, a complex subsequently destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. A 161-room SpringHill Suites hotel opened in April 2017 on the former Holiday Inn site.[3]

A new pier was built to replace the one damaged during Hurricane Ivan. The deck of the new pier is 30 feet above the waters of the Gulf, and is made with 800 breakaway wood panels, designed to detach during heavy waves. This type of construction will help protect the pier from more serious and expensive damage in a future hurricane.[4][5]

Navarre Beach Pier in 2010.

On March 26, 2006 a "Beach Renourishment" project got underway to restore sand lost due to the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. This project eventually added approximately 200 feet (61 m) of sand and a 14-foot (4.3 m) high berm to the Gulf side of Santa Rosa Island for the entire length of Navarre Beach. The project was completed in December 2006. In 2016 the beach restoration resumed.

Night Skyline

See also


  1. ^ "Navarre Beach Vacation | Where to Stay | Navarre Beach". Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ The Making of Jaws 2 - DVD
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  5. ^ Archived January 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Navarre Beach Webcam
  • Official Website
  • Official Navarre Beach Visitors Information Center
  • All About Navarre
  • Santa Rosa Medical Center Hospital and Emergency Room located in Milton, Florida. The primary provider of hospital based healthcare services in Santa Rosa County.

Coordinates: 30°22′53.36″N 86°51′45.87″W / 30.3814889°N 86.8627417°W / 30.3814889; -86.8627417

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