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Old 06-29-2016, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Gulf Shores, AL
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I'm currently living in Gulf Shores, AL. Since my Grandmother moved to Foley in 1969 this was the beach I went to as a child, teenage and into adulthood. It WAS a nice, quiet, slow paced and peaceful place to go. I wound up here by fluke three years ago and by personal circumstances I won't go into it looks like I'll have to remain here. However, while I'm here on the coast I'd like to take advantage of the beach. It would be a bit of a drive but how is Navarre Beach? Highway 399? Is it quiet, peaceful? A place where I can park my beach towel and cooler (Gatorade & water, not booze) and enjoy the sea breeze and gentle sound of crashing waves? Or is the entire Emerald Coast from Gulf Shores to PCB just one long, loud, booze infested party of screaming hooligans and red-neck drunks?
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Somewhere
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I went there last winter and the drive on highway 399 was very nice, there was barely anybody on that road and all of us were driving very slow checking the scenery. It was very quiet. I would imagine it's more crowded in other seasons.

I didn't find people particularly different in Pensacola or its surrounding areas. Pretty much what I am used to seeing in other parts of Florida. The beach was empty so I can't speak of beachgoers.
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:13 AM
 
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You don't have to go all the way to Navarre Beach for quiet. Just east of Pensacola Beach, along 399, you will enter the National Seashore. Nice and quiet and beautiful.
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:44 AM
 
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Are you planning on visiting or living there?

The beaches are beautiful and peaceful, but, most of the houses are all on stilts for a reason, even though storms haven't come into play for a number of years.
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Old 07-01-2016, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Gulf Shores, AL
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You don't have to go all the way to Navarre Beach for quiet. Just east of Pensacola Beach, along 399, you will enter the National Seashore. Nice and quiet and beautiful.
Thanks AustinTraveler. I may try that If it is anything like South Padre Island National Seashore outside Corpus Christi, TX, how much does it cost to enter?

No, I'm not planning on living on the beach. I couldn't afford the insurance. I just want to be able to go to a nice, quiet, serene beach. Get away from the wild intoxicated bunch.
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Old 07-01-2016, 10:16 AM
 
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This part of the Seashore is free. You only have to pay to enter Fort Pickens, which is on the west end of the island.
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Gulf Shores, AL
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This part of the Seashore is free. You only have to pay to enter Fort Pickens, which is on the west end of the island.
I was thinking you were speaking of Johnson Beach. I was driving around one day and came up to that booth to the National Seashore. Looked very similar to the one on South Padre Island, Texas.

On further note, I believe you and I were speaking of the same barrier island that Hwy 399 runs along. On the map, one end is Pensacola Beach and the other is Navarre Beach.

Anyway, thanks. One day, perhaps later this month I'll just have to take a day trip and explore. May have to toss in a couple of bucks for tolls.
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Old 07-07-2016, 10:15 AM
 
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Yes, I am definitely speaking about the barrier island with Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach. It is called Santa Rosa Island. There is a National Seashore area between the two towns, and that area is free. Fort Pickens is on the western end of the island and well worth the entrance fee.

Johnson Beach is much closer to where you are living now and is a nice beach, but you really ought to make the drive out to the island.
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