Mardi Gras, Navarre Style!


When you hear Mardi Gras, what comes to mind? Beads? New Orleans? Bourbon Street? While those may be the first thoughts that pop up, Mardi Gras is so much more. When we moved here in 2003, I remember thinking, Why are we celebrating Mardi Gras? This isnt New Orleans! Little did I know. Mardi Gras is a Gulf Coast tradition!

For those who may not know, Mardi Gras actually has ties to Christianity in Europe. Mardi Gras or Carnival season is a prelude to Lent, the forty days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Traditionally, before Lent, Christians would binge on all the meat, eggs, and cheese remaining before the fasting began. In France, the day before Ash Wednesday became known as Fat Tuesday, presumably due to all that eating.

There is great debate in this area about the origin of Mardi Gras in the United States. While Louisiana claims to have the first Mardi Gras in 1699, Mobile, Alabama is recognized by many as the oldest celebration beginning in 1703. Regardless of its origin, Mardi Gras has spread throughout the Gulf Coast. From Tallahassee to Texas, people flock to the streets to celebrate the season.

The social groups in charge of Mardi Gras festivities are known as Krewes. In Navarre, the Krewe in charge of our parade is the Navarre Krewe of Jesters. For thirty-one years, they have organized and hosted the Navarre Beach Mardi Gras parade. I had the pleasure of speaking to a founding member this weekend, and he told me that back in 1986, when they held the first parade, there were 16 entries. This year, there are 65! It is a truly family friendly event; not like rumors of other Mardi Gras parades. For more information about the parade, please visit the Navarre Krewe of Jesters Facebook page.

If you are looking for the best way to view the Navarre Mardi Gras parade, look no further than Beach Rentals at Navarre! All of our condo rentals are along the parade route. You can watch from the balconies, or be down in the crowd in front of your unit. Best of all, you dont have to fight the traffic. Use the Quick Search feature on our website to view available units.

So no matter where you are, you can enjoy the traditions of Mardi Gras. Just grab some beads, eat some king cake, and Let the Good Times Roll!


Have Full on Fun in Off Season at Beaches, Hire a Happening Beach Rental

Navarre Beach

Visit a beach in the summer and mountain in the winter. No, we are not trying to place the horse in front of the cart. Here, we are simply trying to give a new perspective to your holiday plans all over again. If snowfall or skiing expedition can be an added attraction for the hill resorts, then our beaches are not far behind. The perspective that we are trying to propel here is very simple. You can plan an activity-based holiday trip here.

It Is the Charm of the Activity That Can Beat the Weather

Every local place has its own share of tourism attractions in the off seasons as well. Beach destinations are lucky in this regard, because they don’t face the extreme weathers in any given conditions. The only hardship they feel is about the prime time of the day. During the period of extreme weather or summer, precisely, their prime time may be a little dull. This is where your Beach condo can fill in the gap.

Check Out the Indoor Pools and Personal Jacuzzi Tubs

Holidays are all about breaking the humdrum of day-to-day life. Check out for water parks located in the area, check out the other water bound adventures that you can pursue in that particular area. Most of the holiday destinations are now developing these places in their properties and adding them with the main course. Now you are hiring a property on the off season rates and getting a new water adventure. This makes it an equation with double the benefits.

Check Out the Thematic Events

How about pool side brunches or wine testing carnivals? Sounds tipsy and tasty, isn’t it? Check out the event calendar of the property that you are visiting. Recheck the local events that they are organizing. Spend your day in the cool corners of the condo and ‘paint every evening red’ with these fun events.

Even a Standup Comedian Can Set It Right for You

Beach is the best ambiance for every festivity and celebration. There are many beach rental properties which are very clear on the fact that they are not inviting you for a beach holiday during summers. Rather, they are inviting you for a beach celebration in summer. Check it out on these criteria and then make a choice of the things.

Night Life Should Have Some Added Attractions

Beaches are the places where you can unleash yourself and have a merry time. Check out the beach condo and the vicinity for the night activities that you can do. Check the record of the area in the terms of the night life there.


Most of beaches are climate bubbles. You should avoid a beach during the rainy season. When you are designing a summer holiday near a beach, then your beach rental or condo becomes the locus of the activity and you should never forget this fact at any cost.

Figure out the virtual reality of beach house rental

Virtual world is overlapping the real world very fast. All the services, all the real world information are gradually making their presence felt on these virtual platforms. People are keen to be seen on these platforms. Some websites have become a virtual market place where people are bidding and bargaining.

Virtual tours can present a fabricated picture of the property

Best angles, shining colors and the finishing touch of a graphics designer all these things can also create a deceiving impact on you. Don’t get lured by these factors. For instance if we talk about the size of a room then in this case they can show you a bigger room with the help of wide angle lens.

Before making a final booking ask for the real size of the room. Always check for the logistics very carefully. Make sure to ask it again and again that they are going to deliver the same property when you will reach there.

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Ask for a blue print or a map

Compare it with the seating plan arrangement of a flight, the way you check the window seat there. It is the same here. Here you need to see the map of the location first and then check out the desired location in the map. If you book early then make it double sure that you are getting a condo with the best view.

Some old time trickster always saves the best room for the season itself so that they can sale them on a high price. When you do this virtual tour of the site then try to make sure that your notes are matching up with the claim of the property owner.

Check the physical status of the connectivity from a different source

Three miles from the airport is a vague term, unless you are not aware about the conditions of the roads and the frequency of the transport. This is one equation that you need to take care all the time.

When they talk about certain posh area then in this case make sure the property is not located in some dingy alley near a big monument or historical places. You can face this type of deception in some third world countries.

Don’t get lured by the pool, make sure it is functional as well

Ask them about the number of pool showers. Ask them if they will charge extra for pool towels. If they are genuine then in this case they will tell you about the price tag attached to it or they will tell you that you will have only one towel during a day. Swimming pools and Jacuzzi tubs are really easy to make. But keeping them in a working order is not an easy task.

Trust a video more

If you can check out the videos of the property then in this case you can get the clear picture.

As the bottom line we can say that keep your expectations low when you are judging a property with the help of a virtual tour. They say a picture can speak thousand words. Now it is an art to figure out the truth of these thousand words.


Two Stunning Vacation Homes To Call Your Very Own

Navarre Towers 207


Two new opportunities for a lifetime of memories at Navarre Beach.

Navarre Towers 207 is a must see!  It’s a beautifully renovated beach front condo with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. This west end unit located on the second floor of Navarre Towers has 2 large balconies! Completely remodeled in 2013/14 with travertine flooring, custom cabinets, granite countertops, and new lighting. Other impressive upgrades include crown molding, new paint, fixtures, and furniture.  It also has a unique floor plan with two gulf front master suites, on-suite baths, double vanities, walk-in closets, and access to a balcony.

Just a few doors away, the luxurious Navarre Towers 103 is a gem!  This 2 bedroom, 2 bath gulf front condo has been renovated to include updated cabinets, appliances, furniture, tile and paint.  A perfect investment property with an impressive rental income, you will love the convenience of this ground floor unit.  It has easy access to the beach and pool, and the kids can play on the grassy lawn while you enjoy a cold beverage on the patio.  Take advantage of the incredible beach front, including open, unoccupied beach frontage just to the east.

Both of these awesome vacation homes are located within a gated, family friendly resort featuring two tennis courts, a fitness center, a pool, and of course the beauty and serenity that Navarre Beach has to offer.  Contact us for more info!

Sail Away in our Newest 2 bedroom Condo!! Top Floor-End Unit – 2 Balconies



Navarre Snowbird Specials!

We have just a few spots left to settle in for your winter getaway at the beach and they’re renting at a great low rate!

Come be our guest at the beachy and clean two bedroom, Flip Flops and Sunscreen in the Emerald Surf building.  Newly remodeled, it has all new carpet and appliances and a fantastic king sized bed in the master with great views of the Gulf.  Stay two months at just $1050 per month and you’ll never want to leave!

Or, for those of you with family and friends creating memories with you in your winter home, we have a couple three bedrooms left available in Navarre Towers.  Enjoy the contemporary tropical feel of Pelican’s Nest on the 5th floor.  It has large bedrooms furnished with kings and queens, perfect for couples retreats and get togethers.  Or stay in the bright and playful Tiki Retreat that includes a bedroom with two twins, perfect for visits from the kids.  With a two month reservation, both three bedrooms are just $1400 per month!

We have lots to do and see in our winter months of clear skies and empty beaches.  Come check it out and skip the crowd!  Scrape your windshield, shovel the driveway and get on the road to put your feet in the sand!

Summer’s Over, Time For a Sea Esta

A new property has joined The Beach Rentals at Navarre family!  Sea Esta is a 3 bedroom/3 bath, 2000 sf condo located on the second floor of the luxurious Belle Mer Condominium.  It has such easy access to the beach!  You can walk down two short flights of stairs, or ride the elevator to the first floor.  Seated on your balcony, you can keep an eye on the kids in the pool just below.

Sea Esta has two king bedrooms, one bedroom with two twins and a bonus twin sized chaise. The twin beds can be made up as a third king if desired. The largest master bedroom offers a king sized bed, granite topped dresser and nightstands, an Ikea chaise lounge, an antique ladies’ writing desk, flat screen TV and private access to the deck with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. The connecting bath has a separate dressing area with a steam shower and jacuzzi as well as granite countertops and luxurious oil-rubbed bronze fixtures.  In the second master bedroom you will also find a king size bed with a quilted comforter in an Old Florida style decor. A rich cherry bedroom suite offers a highboy chest and wardrobe for clothes storage with a flat screen TV and leather loveseat to complete the room.  Large sliding glass doors give private access to the deck and a view of the Gulf. The connecting bath offers a walk in shower with separate toilet area and a double sink vanity with overhead lighting.  The third bedroom with two twins offers a soaking tub and shower.  Wood floors and wood blinds enrich the country patchwork bedding, warming the feel of the front bedroom that overlooks the sound. Both master bedrooms look out onto the Gulf with beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The living room has twin leather sofas, additional upholstered seating, an antique campaign chest housing games, videos and puzzles, a flat screen TV with DVD player and a dropleaf table to extend dining space.

The gourmet kitchen fit for the finest of chefs completes this fantastic 3 bedroom Gulf front condo.  The dark cherry cabinets and bordeaux granite countertops, along with all stainless appliances and an induction cooktop, will make short and delightful work of preparing meals. The large eat-at counter will accommodate six people and extends the seating of the dining table to 14. A workstation area provides an internet-ready computer, a small counter fridge for sodas and a bar sink for quick clean up. It can be used as an extension of the kitchen or as a work area. Glass front cabinets overhead house the barware. The kitchen provides everything you will need from ice blocks for your cooler to muffin pans and cookie sheets. Dinnerware for 12 is provided in porcelain and in plastic for formal nights in or for fun beach outings.

It’s everything you need for a fantastic week.  Pack your bags and start your Sea Esta!

Limited Availability Left In July!

Book your summer vacation on Navarre Beach before someone else does!  The weeks are booking up fast, get yours before it’s too late!

10% off Any unit open May 25th to June 7th. New Reservations only. 7 night minimum