Navarre Beach was honored by TravelLemming.com as one of the "Top 30 Emerging Travel Destinations" for 2020 in a recent article, placing it among the best up-and-coming tourism spots worldwide.
NAVARRE BEACH – Holding on to the "best-kept secret" tag might not be a possibility for Navarre Beach if this keeps up.
After being nominated by the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Office, Navarre Beach found a place on the TravelLemming.com list of the top 30 emerging travel destinations in the world on Monday.
Navarre Beach came in at No. 25, sandwiched between No. 24 Paso Robles, California, and No. 26 McLaren Vale, Australia.
Georgia – the European country, not the U.S. state – took the No. 1 spot.
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"The Santa Rosa County Tourism Development office have worked so hard and done such a phenomenal job," said Chanda Ryan, the Executive Director of the Navarre Beach Chamber of Commerce. "They have been so conscious of the branding efforts and targeting the type of tourists we’d like to attract … I can’t say enough about how they’ve spread the word about how beautiful it is (at Navarre Beach)."
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Navarre Beach was the only location in Florida to make the list, and one of just four U.S. destinations on the list, with No. 17 Colorado Springs, Paso Robles and No. 27 Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania.
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"Just because you want to experience perfect white sand beaches doesn’t mean you need to dart through a sea of beach-goers to stake out a tiny sliver of sand," TraveLemming.com wrote in its review of Navarre Beach.
Ryan pointed out that Navarre Beach was both part of an "eco-tourism" movement and "multi-generational" tourism.
"We have the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and Navarre Beach Marine Park, where travelers can visit and get info on the ecosystem and about sea turtle life," Ryan said. "We’re very eco-friendly in that regard, but we also feel like it’s a place families can come and bring everyone, including grandparents, and enjoy a vacation together."
Navarre Beach broke tourism records for the fifth year in a row in 2019.
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