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nferra2
08-08-2007, 23:19
We had a beach house lined up for 5 days in Pensacola (October 4-9) and we found out Today we got bumped for someone paying for 2 weeks. They offered us the same rate for a place in Destin, but we already have things planned in pensacola. Does anyone local know of any good places (even a hotel if need be) to rent. We need a place for 4 people, and what we had lined up was only $100 a night which was even below their off season rate. Thanks for any help in advance.

ReefHound
08-09-2007, 20:11
I can't help you with Pcola houses but there are a few cheap hotels with kitchenettes, like Ashton Inn or Suburban Inn.

Destin is only 45 to 60 minutes from Pcola, depending on traffic. Is this a diving vacation?

ScubaSteve
08-10-2007, 11:55
Try Navarre. Only 10 miles down the road and much better beach. Very laid back and relaxing.
Kilgore Realty
http://www.navarre-beach-rentals.com

VRBO
http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/panhandle-rest-of#2732

JME Vacations
http://www.jmevacations.com/navarrebeach.asp

Century 21
http://www.c21ivr.com

RMI Vacations
http://www.realtymarts.com/navarrebeach.htm

Abaca Vacation Rentals
http://www.abacarentals.com

Navarre Properties
http://www.navarrelistings.com/vacation_rentals.htm

Beach Rentals at Navarre
http://www.beachrentalsatnavarre.com

VacationRentals.com
http://vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/Navarre-Beach-Florida.html

Beach House Rentals
http://www.1800beachhouse.com

ERA Navarre Beach Agency
http://eranavarrebeach.com/rentals.html

Fun Destin
http://www.fundestin.com/summerwind.html

The Diamond Penthouse/Summerwind
http://thediamondpenthouse.********.com

Gulf Coast Rentals
http://www.gulfcoastrentals.com/florida/navarre/navarre.htm

Florida Vacations
http://www.floridavacations.com/fv/Navarre-Beach-Florida.html

Great Rentals
http://www.greatrentals.com/navarre-beach/s/7297/fa/find.squery

Vacation Home Rentals
http://www.vacationhomerentals.com/vacation-rentals/Navarre-Beach-Panhandle-Florida.htm

Gulf Properties
http://www.gulfproperties.com

ReefHound
08-10-2007, 17:36
I just dived Navarre Beach this morning. Nice easy little shore dive, saw some large turtles and a few rays. The beach is lovely, plenty of parking, new boardwalks over the dunes.

nferra2
08-10-2007, 18:33
I looked at Navarre and Perdido key, Do you think Navarre would be better than Perdido?

Yes, it is a diving vacation, we are getting our OW certification through MBT divers.

nferra2
08-10-2007, 19:23
Wow, those links are great. I searched but could not find any decent rental agencies. Well I shot off about 40 emails, I hope some come back good.

ReefHound
08-10-2007, 21:44
I looked at Navarre and Perdido key, Do you think Navarre would be better than Perdido?

Yes, it is a diving vacation, we are getting our OW certification through MBT divers.

I know nothing about Perdido. Driving through it now and then, my impression is that it is a more "elite" area - more expensive and much quieter.

Navarre would be great for new divers. The pier dive is an easy newbie dive, max depth of about 18 feet, stay around the piers and you can't get lost, lots to see. An hour east is Destin jetties, a moderately easy dive if you stick to the rocks and don't go far out. Of course, Pensacola Beach is an easy dive too. You can get more info on these sites from area dive shops or maybe even hook up with some locals to show you the ropes.

mike_s
08-10-2007, 22:16
Send a PM to SuprBugman on here or if he's not on here then either on MBT's board or Scubaboard.

He knows every crab and fish in Perido by a first name basis and can tell you about Perdio

heck... he can actually tell you everything about pretty much the whole gulf coast in that area.

nferra2
08-10-2007, 22:18
Do you think these would be ok dives for me and my wife to do by ourselves directly after our OW class? Actually Perido key is a little cheaper than most places on Navarre Beach. I don't care if I have to sleep in my car when I get down there, I am going to get my OW cert.

mike_s
08-10-2007, 22:39
Do you think these would be ok dives for me and my wife to do by ourselves directly after our OW class? Actually Perido key is a little cheaper than most places on Navarre Beach. I don't care if I have to sleep in my car when I get down there, I am going to get my OW cert.


you didn't say what dives you were asking about being ok.. (or I didn't see it).

Are you wanting boat dives or shore dives?

For boat dives, there are lots of shallow sites.

For shore dives, there are less sites, but still ok. The Whiskey Wreck, Perdido Pass, etc..
are these ok for you to do right after open water certification?
hmmm... for a lot of people I would say no. Or... go with someone who can stay with you for the entire dive or on a divemaster type guided trip. Why? Well there is a lot of current in the pass often, lots of boat traffic and you have to tow a dive flag. That's a lot of "overhead" that you have to add to your work load for only dive #5.

If I was you, I'd get a few "guided dives" under my belt before venturing out on your own just to develop your own comfort level so you know where you stand instead of getting in over your head. Nothing wrong with doing it this way... it's how most of us started.

nferra2
08-10-2007, 23:27
When we get closer to going, I will probably seek out someone experienced to go on a dive with us the Monday after our checkout dives. I might even try to get on a boat charter, if funds allow.

Dive-aholic
08-13-2007, 12:39
If you're willing to head a little farther east, I can probably dive with you. I'm going to be getting familiar with the sites over the next couple of months, but should know a few by then. If you're interested in checking out the springs, we could meet at Morrison.

BTW, that's pretty bad to bump you off a reservation.