While the Comfort Inn and the Best Western on the mainland seem to be available as accommodations, the Holiday Inn out on the beach, and many homes and condos that were out on the beach have been destroyed and the rebuilding process is slow. The Holiday Inn website lists the Fort Walton Beach and the Pensacola Beach Holiday Inns as the closest to Navarre. The one in Navarre is no longer in their inventory.
The only waterfront property in Navarre (according to the Chamber of Commerce website) is the Best Western, and it isn't out on the island facing on the Gulf, it faces on the Intercoastal Waterway. It is a mile from the beach.
From the mainland everything looks pretty normal. That look is deceptive.
I am posting pictures taken in December of 2005. Please check to be sure of the status before booking accommodations.
navarre beach has been hit by six hurricanes since 1995. prior to that time santa rosa island had hundreds of vacation homes, beach front hotels and pine forests. most of these structures and the pine forests are now gone. fortunately for the tourist there is at least a three day advance warning to a possible hurricane land fall. when the authorities announce an evacuation do so immediately. the exit roads become jam packed, gas stations run out of gas and you may have to travel one hundred miles or more to find a hotel room. i personally have experienced several hurricanes living in florida and you don't want to be any where near the coast when one makes land fall. the florida hurricane season lasts from june to november each year.
June 1 through November 30 is hurricane season so if you are here during that time period it wouldn't hurt to get a weather report from time to time.
If a storm is headed your way, you will have plenty of time to get out of harms way.
Other than jellyfish, there isn't much to be concerned about in the gulf. Most of the marine life is much more worried about you than you should be of it.
Still a good rule to follow is: If you don't know what it is, don't pick it up.
The south is blessed fire ants that build mounds in front yards, in parks, and on beaches. Their bite is painful and leave nasty looking blisters. Shoes and socks wont prevent them from running up your legs but they are better than stepping on them with bare feet. It is just best to watch where you are stepping before you step on a mound.
Navarre Beach is known for its rolling sand dunes that look solid but are in a constant state of change. They are made of lighter grains of sand blown onto the barrier island by offshore winds.
Stay on the boardwalks and off of the dunes.