Arriving in Florida, my first stop was Navarra Beach. My brother lives there along with my niece, nephew, and their families.

Navarre Beach

Navarre Beach has been known as the “Best Kept Secret” in Florida. That being said, it is not such a secret anymore.

The beach is lovely, and they have lifeguards. They also have a pier you can fish off of or just take in the ocean and a magnificent sunset.

A lot more tourists are going to Navarre Beach for its white sandy beaches. My brother has lived there for over 20 years, and I have seen the best kept secret grow to a busy tourist attraction.

Over the years this town has grown with new homes and some new businesses. However, its infrastructure has not, making it congested with traffic. The main highway that goes through town and is only a 4 lane highway, expanding it to 6 lanes would help with the traffic.

Many large trucks and traffic are going through residential areas to bypass the congestion, making them a bypass and not very quiet or safe for the residents.

The Slippery Mermaid Sushi Bar

After my niece, sister-in-law and I got our nails done, we went to the Slippery Mermaid for sushi. The restaurant is on the beach, and you can sit inside or out. We elected to eat in as it was hot.

The food was terrific, and the service was excellent. There were many different types of sushi offered. I didn’t do raw; however, I did enjoy what I had. I would recommend this restaurant if you visit Navarra Beach.

Surrounding Areas

Pensacola is west of Navarre Beach and has much to offer. There are great restaurants, and historical sites to see.

A great place to visit for seafood is Joe Patti’s Fish House.  They have fresh shrimp, lobster, and fish along with other things you can purchase.  It’s always crazy busy, however they manage to move people along quickly.

Fort Walton and Destin are cities to the east of Navarre and also offer beautiful beaches, restaurants and fun things to do. You can rent boats to go fishing or enjoy a drink on the beach.

Clearwater / Largo

After enjoying some time with my brother and his family, I drove south to the Clearwater/Largo area. This is home for my other brother, his wife, my mom, and my aunt.

The area is charming, with places to shop, offering unique places like the flea markets, thrift stores, and auction houses.  There is plenty to do in and around the area.

Bealls of Florida is one of my favorite stores to go to when I’m there. My sister-in-law, who loves to shop, decided we needed to go shopping at several different stores.  I really didn’t need anything however, with the sales and cute clothes I couldn’t resist.

LuLu’s Oyster Bar and Tap House is a great place for shrimp, lobster and fish.  It’s my brother and sister-in-laws favorite place to eat and I enjoy going there each time I visit.

My mother was celebrating her 92nd birthday, and we planned a little party for her. Many of my family and our friends were going to be there. We made reservations at Duff’s Buffet Clearwater, which is a lovely place and one of my mom’s favorite. The celebration was great.

I ended up staying with my aunt, who will be 98 this year. My cousins recently moved her near my mom, and she has a lovely apartment in a senior living complex. She appreciated me getting her settled, and I enjoyed the bed.

St Johns Pass

Another place to visit is St Johns Pass, which is an area on the water filled with little shops and restaurants. Walking the boardwalk you can see birds, dolphins and people fishing, or you can take a boat ride.

We went for lunch at the Boardwalk Grill and as we were walking one of the seagulls decided to let go, and my sister-in-law and brother got hit with its droppings. We laughed, and they cleaned up the restaurant.

Punta Gorda / Port Charlotte

I left Clearwater/ Largo area and went down south to Port Charlotte / Punta Gorda area to celebrate my friend’s mothers Birthday. My friend wanted her mother’s 90th birthday celebration to be unique.

She arranged for it to be held at FM Don’s in Punta Gorda and they set everything up in their room they hold large parties in. The food was delicious, and the service was over the top. I had eggs & crab benedict.

We went to Fisherman’s Village which offers unique little shops and restaurants. I purchased a small gift for my aunt, and we stopped for a drink at one of the bars for a refreshment and snack. My choice was a KeyLime drink, which was very good.

Back to Navarre

I decided to drive back to Navarre, because I had forgotten some of my clothes, and my niece’s mother-in-law invited me to their 4th of July party.

Tammy’s party was awesome. She thought of everything for a great 4th celebration, making sure all the kids loved the day. Everyone brought a dish to pass, and she made burgers and dogs. The food was awesome.

The day offered boat rides, and big inflatable floats for the kids, glow in the dark things, glasses and sparklers.  The kids loved it all.  At the end of the day there was a beautiful fireworks display over the water.  It was a wonderful 4th of July celebration.

On the road again

Leaving Navarre for a second time, I am headed north toward Tennessee.

Leave a comment on what you did for the 4th or on places you’ve been to in Florida. Cheers!