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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!

 

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

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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

Summer weeks are almost Full. Hurry and Book Your Vacation Today

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Awesome Gulf Front Condo Selling At An Amazing Price!

You could rent a vacation for a week…or, invest in one for your family to enjoy for a lifetime!  Right now, a beautiful Navarre Beach vacation rental is for sale and who better to buy from than the people who know how to manage it?  Caribbean Resort 1002 is up for grabs!  It’s a great investment that will give your family a treasured vacation spot with a lifetime of memories.  Contact Julie Massey for more details!