How to Have Boat-loads of Fun in Navarre Beach
There’s nothing like boating the day away—especially if you can (literally) do it off of Navarre Beach!
Here’s a little info to help ensure your day out on the water is nothing but smooth sailing.
You need a place to safely launch your boat, so see our comprehensive list of boating ramps located in our county, or check out some of our favorites below:
- Navarre Beach Boat Ramp – 1453 Navarre Beach Cswy., Navarre Beach
This boat ramp is located right along Navarre Beach and is open to the public.
- Indian Bay Boat Ramp – 2417 S. 26th Ave., Milton
Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Avalon Boat Ramp – 3120 Bonfire Dr., Milton
Avalon features a portable restroom, garbage cans, parking and a pier to fish from.
- Woodlawn Boat Ramp – 1422 Woodlawn Beach Rd., Woodlawn Beach
Enjoy 3 acres to spread out on when launching your boat from Woodlawn.
- East River Boat Ramp – 2955 Hwy 87 S., Navarre
Open 24 hours a day for fishermen.
Places to Rent a Boat
Just because you don’t own a boat doesn’t mean you should miss out on the fun.
- Navarre Family Watersports – 8671 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre
Get all your watercraft needs met at Navarre Family Watersports! With pontoon boats, WaveRunners, dolphin excursions, kayaks, paddleboards and more, you’ll find the perfect seafaring vessel for a fun afternoon on the water.
- Broxson Outdoors – 8155 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre
You’ll never be up a creek without a paddle when you rent a paddle board or kayak from Broxson Outdoors “Paddle Shack.” If you’re looking for a bit more power, get a charter with Captains James Broxson and Jason Downs.
- Juana’s Pagodas – 1451 Navarre Beach Cswy., Navarre Beach
Not only can you rent small sailboats, you can also grab a bite, get a drink and even see some live entertainment!
Where to Go
There is a whole sea of cool places to boat to, but we urge you to check out the artificial reefs of Navarre Beach. They’re perfect for snorkeling and diving, and they attract beautiful fish and marine life.
Boating is fun, but it does come with some inherent risks. Be safe and follow basic boat safety rules, including but not limited to:
- Keep your lifejacket or personal floatation device (PFD) on you at all times. If you go overboard, you’re 12-15 times more likely to be recovered if you have this on.
- If you go overboard, shout and bring attention to yourself as you go overboard. Conserve your energy and don’t try to chase the boat. Get rid of any heavy, non-floatation items (like shoes that might fill with water) that could pull you down.
- If you’re in distress, visibility could hinder help. Make sure you have lights, reflective tape or something that will stand out in a storm or at night so help can find you.
- Make sure you have fire extinguishers in places where fires are most likely to occur (like around cooking areas).
For more complete safety tips, classes and more, check out the US Sailing website.