Party Central, Beach-style
By Eric Snider
As you approach the southern end of the Navarre Beach Causeway, you’ll spot a group of buildings — several with thatched roofs — slightly to the west. We advise you to pull in, by car or by boat. Juana’s Pagodas is the utmost beach hangout in Florida’s Most Relaxing Place.
Don’t rely on just our word. The eat/drink/entertainment/party/watersports complex made the Top 10 in the 2017 Best Florida Beach Bars contest, sponsored by Landshark Lager.
You can spend hour after hour here. Sailor’s Grill opens for breakfast at 8 a.m. and continues through the day with lunch and dinner. The various pagodas offer live music starting at 4 p.m. (solo acts and, later, bands), and a DJ spins dance music until 4 a.m. (bars close at 2). In between open and close, there’s virtually no end to the fun. Rent a jet ski, Hobie Cat or bicycle. Play a few games of beach volleyball. Of course, there’s always grabbing a spot on the white-sand beach and simply lounging. Stop by one of the many bars for a cold beer or frothy cocktail.
Juanas Pagodas plays host for an array of events year-round, from cornhole tournaments to wine tastings to regattas.
Juana’s began as a humble jet ski and catamaran rental shop in 1989. The original tiki hut pagoda soon opened, followed by Sailor’s Grill in ‘90. Over the decades, the place added pagoda after pagoda, event after event, bar after bar, and dish after dish to become the kind of come-as-you-are Party Central that makes any beach town proud.