Florida Gulf Coast – a day in Destin
We headed 20 minutes down the road from our campsite in Navarre to Destin, FL. It is a happening beach town, packed with tourists and boats. There was so much going on – – you could parasail, bungy jump, rent a boat, go sportfishing, shopping, carnival rides, or throw an ax! It was fun and exciting to be around so much activity, everyone having a good time, it felt like normal life again. We walked up and down the boardwalk taking in all the activity and trying to figure out which restaurant to dine in, they all looked so good! We ended up at Harry T’s Lighthouse and it was definitely the best choice. Where else can you find fresh crab cakes served atop a fried green tomato (which were actually yellow as you can see in the pic), topped with a slightly spicy remoulade sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Joel said his grilled chicken stack sandwich was the best he has ever eaten. We shared an appetizer of hush puppies (a fried sweet onion dough ball), a Southern staple that Joel has never tried before – he liked them!
We were pretty excited about staying at an ocean front RV park, the first of this trip. We have never stayed on the Gulf Coast or the Florida panhandle before. The water was crystal clear blue, 84 degrees and the sand was a fine sugar white. We were lucky to get two sunny days in a row, the first we spent in Destin, the second at the beach in Navarre. There was a consistent ocean breeze that helped keep us a bit cooler than the 90 degree day would have otherwise been. However, once you leave the beach, all bets are off – ha ha!
As far as the RV Park goes, it was a bit of a disappointment. At first blush it looked wonderful with a thick forest of various trees on white gravel roads and we were given a nice wide spot near the community campfire. The downside was (1) we reserved a “premium water view” space, however, we had no water view at all, (2) the bathrooms were not cleaned regularly, so if you are full of sand after a day at the beach, it was not the place to go to shower off, and (3) there was a horrible sewer smell that intermittently overwhelmed our site. Yeah, not what we were hoping for, but all the more disappointing because the place had so much potential given the beachfront location and lush tropical surroundings.
A severe tropical storm heading up from Mexico straight for the Gulf Coast chased us out of Navarre a day early. The forecast called for strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and storm surge. With signs of previous storm damage all around – there wasn’t a single dock that was intact up or down the beach – so we decided to head out and went to our next location early. We’ll probably see some rain from this storm, but will avoid the worst of the high winds, flooding and storm surge. Take care everyone! ❤