Things to Do on a Pier with no Peer
The Navarre Beach Pier, at 1,545 feet (or more than a quarter mile) and 30 feet above the water, is a place to soak in your surroundings, to take it slow, to take in the view, and to remind yourself that a simple stroll on a beautiful pier is indeed a beautiful thing. Visiting the Pier is terrific way to let it all go in Florida’s Most Relaxing Place.
Here are a few tips for enjoying yourself:
- Fish — This is the No. 1 activity on the Navarre Beach Pier. And No. 2, 3 and 4. It’s known as not only the longest, but one of the best fishing piers on the Gulf. Locals and visitors drop in lines. You’re most apt to catch Spanish Mackerel, Pompano and King Mackerel, but all sorts of fish might find their way onto your hook. A privately owned bait and tackle shop provides guests the opportunity to rent fishing poles and stock up on necessities.
- Socialize — Navarre Beach is a friendly place, and its relaxed pace invites casual conversation and the swapping of fish tales. Locals roll out the welcome mat for visitors. A great gathering spot is the 3,800-square-foot octagon at the end.
- Stroll — We suggest taking your time, and if you’re with someone, try arm-in-arm. A leisurely walk — with or without stops — will take a while. Or you can pick up the pace and get a little exercise. It’s more than a half-mile down and back. (Jogging is prohibited, though.)
- Take in the sights — Put your elbows on a handrail and gaze out over the blue-green water. Bask in the sweeping views of the beach and the dunes, rolling both directions as far as you can see. It’s therapeutic.
- Sip a Cold One — While glass containers are prohibited, it’s OK to drink a beer in a can or a cocktail in a cup on Navarre Beach Pier.
- Breeeeeathe — We’re certain that the breezes coming off the Gulf of Mexico will wrap you in blissful relaxation.
- Stop for a drink and a bite on the way out — Lagerheads, a restaurant/bar/playground sits on the beach right at the foot of the Pier.
- Amenities and Necessities — The first Pier opened in 1974, and was knocked out by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The structure was rebuilt and reopened in 2010. Because it’s relatively new, the facility is sturdy and storm proof and offers key amenities: water spigots, 16 handicap—accessible locations and 3,000 feet of handrail that doesn’t interfere with fishing.
- No-No’s — Hate to be a wet blanket, but there are some things you cannot do on Pier that are good to know before you head out there. No: running; sitting or standing on the railing; pets; jumping off; glass containers; camping or cooking; fish-cleaning. Oh, and don’t leave any fish on the Pier