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Exploring Florida’s Gulf Coast with Splash RV Resort

When seeking out the perfect RV Resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast it’s important to consider location, location, location. Splash RV Resort is a luxury RV resort, conveniently located just off I-10 with easy access to Navarre, Pensacola, and Destin! For those beach-goers ready to soak up the sunshine and soft, white sand that’s unique to Florida’s Panhandle, Splash RV Resort is the ideal hub for exploring the Gulf Coast. If beautiful beaches, pastel sunsets, and outdoor activities sound like your kind of paradise, you’re in the right place. 

In this post, we will share our local guide to exploring Florida’s Gulf Coast by breaking down the top things to do in the two highly scenic areas that surround Splash RV Resort: 

Splash RV Resort’s Local Guide to Exploring Florida’s Gulf Coast

Easily accessible and just 25 minutes south of Splash RV Resort, you will find Navarre Beach. This quaint beach community offers vast public beach access and is crowned as a marine sanctuary for scuba diving and snorkeling. If you plan to visit Navarre, don’t miss out on these top two things to do: 

Navarre Beach Marine Park

Stretching 150 acres, the Navarre Beach Marine Park is a recreational respite set between the Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. Home to land-based attractions such as the Navarre Beach Marine Science Center and the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center—these educational destinations are perfect for nature enthusiasts (or for any rainy days during your stay on the Coast). If you plan to spend the day on the sand, opt for premier scuba diving and snorkeling to take in the complexities of the artificial reefs offshore and just below the crystal-clear water. 

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier

The Gulf Coast of Florida is prized by fishermen near and far! Not to be missed for those who enjoy casting a line is the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier—the longest fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico. An interactive yet relaxing outing for the entire family, you can rent fishing poles, take in the view, and bask in the gulf breeze while you wait for the fish to bite

Pensacola, FL

Photo credit: Ryan Riley

Located just 35 minutes southwest of Splash RV Resort, you will find Pensacola. Home of the Blue Angels, white sand beaches (yes, even a dog-friendly beach!), and a fishing pier and observation post that stretches 1,471 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, you can soak up and enjoy the vast green-blue waters that make Pensacola so picturesque. Here are our top two picks of things to do in Pensacola: 

Pensacola Lighthouse

Located on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, this lighthouse offers a glimpse into maritime history. You can climb the tower, take in the stunning views (maybe even catch the Blue Angels as they buzz by!), and take a ghost tour. 

Pensacola Beach

Whether you want to take a beach walk (stretching 18 miles!) or find your perfect spot under the sun, Pensacola Beach offers the ideal setting to relax, your way. There is even a dog-friendly beach in Pensacola so your pup won’t miss out on one minute of fun! 

Destin, FL

If you prefer to head east, Destin, Florida’s luckiest fishing town, is located just one hour from Splash RV Resort. Home to Henderson Beach State Park and Crab Island, this once fisherman’s paradise turned sought-after vacation destination is a must-see for those exploring Florida’s Gulf Coast. 

Henderson Beach State Park

This protected strip of the Emerald Coast is home to thirty-foot white sand dunes, warm gulf water, and seclusion in the bustling beach town of Destin. Pick your adventure at Henderson State Park as it’s a prime setting for optimal wildlife viewing, hiking, and fishing.

Crab Island

One of the most popular things to do while exploring Florida’s Gulf Coast: jump on a boat and set sail to Crab Island. This raised sandbar is vast and offers water depths of about 1-4 feet — making it the ultimate place to anchor your boat and enjoy a day on the water! This experience, unique to Destin, is the best way to wade in the warm Gulf waters while boatside. There are several local boat rental companies in Destin to make your day on the water one that’s well worth the wind in your sails. 

Soft white sand, clear green-blue water, prime fishing, and stunning natural trails are what draw people to visit Florida’s Gulf Coast. The fact that all of this (& more!) is just beyond your luxurious, shaded RV spot at Splash RV Resort is what keeps our guests coming back season after season. Are you ready to explore Navarre, Pensacola, and Destin like a local? Pull into Splash RV Resort and stay awhile. 

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