Navarre Beach nature and glamping at its best

Navarre Beach consists of four miles of pristine shoreline that, despite being low key offers a variety of fun as well as lodging options. Navarre Beach is located in Santa Rosa County in Florida’s famed Panhandle and is just 30 miles from the Pensacola International Airport. Santa Rosa County boasts some of the state’s most open and unspoiled beaches.
   One of the reasons why this area offers a secluded and peaceful vacation is that a portion of it borders on the Gulf Islands National Seashore with rustic landscape and dunes. Fishing at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is another peaceful activity. The pier, which at 1,500 feet is the longest in the state, is free of tacky shops so it’s perfect for a quiet stroll, enjoy the sun and yes, maybe even fish.
   While there are wonderful hotels and condos to rent, another lodging option is glamping at Coldwater Gardens, a 352-acre secluded agritourism destination. It’s a sustainable retreat that focuses on education, recreation and exploration of nature and agricultural practices. For those who want to stay, there are choices of camping, glamping or private cottages. If you who want the comforts of the outdoors at home, try the luxury tents that feature queen-size beds, mini-refrigerators and an eclectic mix of furnishings. The Tiny-House Cabana provides the perfect balance of both comfort and nature with its climate-controlled bedroom and full bathroom, along with a covered outdoor kitchen and dining space. The Modern Treehouse sits among the dense, draping magnolia canopy and offers a stunning view of evening sunsets.
   Other housing options include the popular, design forward tents with a view of the pine savanna. Special amenities include, a queen-size Tempurpedic bed with linens, hardwood floors, electricity, water boiler and coffee makers. The Creekview Platform campsite boasts a deck with a fire ring and staircase leading to your own private sandbar.
   Nearby is Adventures Unlimited, which has a little bit of everything. You can rent a water vessel, take a zip lining tour, stroll the gardens or stay overnight in the woods. Among the lodging options is a tree house, repurposed caboose and schoolhouse and rustic cabins.

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