Fun Facts About Navarre Beach

As you stroll the quaint beach towns and delightful historic communities of Navarre Beach, Gulf Breeze and Milton,  you’ll find they offer charm, friendly welcomes and a bit of the off-beat and unknown. Did you know…?

Much of the 1978 film Jaws 2 was filmed at Navarre Beach. Hotel scenes in the movie were filmed at the Navarre Beach Holiday Inn, a complex subsequently destroyed by Hurricane Ivan.

It wasn’t until 2007 that the county repealed its prohibition on alcohol. And today there are great waterfront watering holes and even Ye Olde Brothers Brewery.

PGA Tour golfers Bubba Watson, Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum graduated from Milton High School. So it follows there’s some great golf to be had here too. Stonebrook Golf Club in Pace.  Tanglewood Golf and Country Club in Milton.  The Club at Hidden Creek in Navarre.  And Tiger Point Golf and Country Club in Gulf Breeze.

Pensacola Bay was named for the indigenous people (Panzacola or Pansacola). In their native tongue “Pensacola” meant “long-haired people.”

Fort Pickens, in current day Santa Rosa County, was founded as the first European settlement in 1559. If it hadn’t been for a hurricane destroying it in 1561, it may have eclipsed St. Augustine, established in 1565, as the oldest surviving settlement in the United States.

Beginning on November 11, 1987, Gulf Breeze contractor Ed Walters reported a series of UFO sightings over a period of three weeks. Some ufologists believed the photographs that Walters purported to show a flying saucer were genuine, however others strongly suspected them to be a hoax.

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center makes available to visitors their beach toy “Borrow Bin.” Beachgoers can borrow or donate beach toys stored in a wooden bin outside their facility at 8740 Gulf Blvd in Navarre.