a section of santa rosa island between navarre beach and pensacola beach is part of the gulf islands national seashore. this federally protected area is open to the public for swimming and fishing. this section of santa rosa county was hit by hurricane ivan in 2004, hurricanes dennis and katrina in 2005 and by hurricane gustav in 2008. as a result this area has a "lunar" look to it. many of the sand dunes and whole pine forests were washed away by these hurricanes and now this area is covered with white sand. a very interesting part of northwest florida to visit.
navarre beach is part of the gulf islands national sea shore. the gulf islands national sea shore are sections of protected beach that are located in alabama, florida, and mississippi. the main headquarters of the national seashore is located in nearby gulf breeze florida. on the eastern end of navarre beach is the navarre beach county park. this 116 acre park has large parking lot and parking is free. navarre beach is a nice place to visit because it is not as crowded as nearby pensacola beach.
Located at the foot of the bridge to Navarre Beach, the Butterfly House is a donation only attraction sure to be of interest to the whole family. Observe the life cycle of various butterflies and enjoy them as they flutter about the house. Adjacent park has a sprinkle water play area and playground that is free. Take a picnic and enjoy a no cost afternoon.
Located on the sound, the park inclues covered pavillions, a basketball court, duck/turtle pond, and walkway.
A big attraction of Navarre Beach is the beach with the white sand. People compare the sand to sugar, but since we were there in the winter, it reminded us of snow.
Although the websites say that the beaches have been cleared of debris, and there seem to be toilets available there doesn't seem to be any place to stay out there and I'm not sure about the water supply.
The Navarre Nature Walk Park is located along the Santa Rosa Sound, featuring a one-mile waterfront boardwalk, spring-fed fish pond, playground, butterfly house, picnic and recreation areas.