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Navarre Beach & Pensacola Beach


Rainy Days at the Beach

The good side of rain!
I mean, yes, rain is important to our environment and makes all the beautiful things you see on a vacation possible, but when you only have a few days in paradise, rain can really spoil things. If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where your dream day of biking or skydiving is canceled due to a torrential downpour, you get it. If you’ve ever come back from a week on an island without a tan … it’s just so sad, isn’t it?
Here are ten ideas to make your rained-in vacation days a little less disappointing. The important thing is to have fun and enjoy yourself anyway.

Ten things to do when it rains on your vacation:
1. Write postcards.
This is an excellent activity for the type-A among us. Writing postcards is potentially something you were going to do anyway, so doing it while it’s raining is actually a very clever use of time. Just try not to be too sad when you look at the front of the postcard and see that sun shining. (Alvin’s Island and Publix carries postcards)

2. Museums.
So, maybe you weren’t really planning to go a museum, but rain is a good excuse to go get yourself cultured up. If you were planning to visit a museum, this should be a no-brainer. Rain means “do your indoor activities today.”
VERY POPULAR -National Museum of Naval Aviation:  http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/
Pensacola Museum of Art : http://www.pensacolamuseum.org/

3. Sleep.
Rain drops lead to naps, and that’s okay. In fact, if you open your eyes in the morning and see rain from your hotel bed, why not sleep an extra hour or so — maybe it will be over when you get up. After all, vacation is about relaxing and rejuvenating, and catching up on all that sleep you missed this year is imperative. Imperative!

4. Games.
On a rainy day, get to the gift shop early before they run out of decks of cards and  board games. Or, make up your own goofy games if you’re feeling especially restless. Sad photo ops in the rain can be a hilarious pastime.

5. Eat.
Rainy days are a perfect opportunity to dig into the local cuisine. Head into town and try out some authentic eating establishments and grocery stores. You may be surprised at the strange food you find — and you might make one of your most lasting memories of the whole trip. In Pensacola Beach: The Grand Marlin,Casino Bar & Grill, Flounders, Blue Fish, Red Fish, The Wine Bar,  Peg Leg Pete’s and Cactus Cantina . Downtown Pensacola have several restaurants as well: Global Grill, The Wine Bar, Iron, Nom Sushi Izakaya, VPauls Italian Restaurant among others. In Navarre Beach: Juana Pagoda’s, Beach House Bar & Grill (in Spring Hill Suites) , Broussards and Slippery Mermaid (Sushi).

6. Movies.
If you’re someone who likes to get things done, why not knock a few titles off your Netflix list by curling up with the in-room movie selections? Rain can be a good excuse to watch movies you’d be embarrassed to go to or have in your home. The closest movie theater is Breeze Cinema 8, located in Gulf Breeze,  go over the bridge and the Movie Theater is located 3.5 miles going West on Gulf Breeze Highway.

7. Theater.
Live theater? Yes. There is the Pensacola Saenger Theater (  http://bit.ly/2t0bKcc) and Pensacola Bay Center (http://bit.ly/2sYZysD) This can be an unexpected blessing; you may see an unforgettable performance or learn more about the local culture than you would have otherwise.

8. Spa.
See if any appointments are available at the spa.  There is The Beach Club Spa located in Pensacola Beach http://www.beachclublife.com/page/AquaSpaandFitness)  
This may be the only option more relaxing and restorative than sleep.

9. Go out and enjoy the rain.
Can’t stay inside anymore? Then bundle yourself up (if it’s chilly) or put on your swimming suit (if it’s hot) and go play in the rain like a kid. Splash in the puddles, get messy and have fun. Don’t get in the pool if there’s lightning, and certainly don’t go out if the conditions are dangerous (like if there’s an actual hurricane going on), but playing in the rain can relieve the very angst the badly-timed stormy weather gives you.

10. Go Shopping.
Shopping is available around the beach. Local boutiques are located on pensacola Board Walk and in downtown Pensacola.  The Cordova Mall is located in Pensacola. There is an and Outlet Store in Destin, FL and another one in Foley, Al .