Navarre Beach Travel Information & COVID-19 Updates

Date: October 6, 2020

All of us here in Navarre Beach and Santa Rosa County are excited that you’re planning a visit to our uncrowded, unspoiled, and unbelievably fun destination!

Below you’ll find the latest, most up-to-date information about traveling to Navarre Beach. This page is updated regularly, so this is the best place to find answers to any questions you may have.

Remember, your health and safety — and that of our residents — is our top priority. That’s why the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office is working with public health officials to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and guidelines with regard to COVID-19.

Please rest assured that Santa Rosa County is taking steps to mitigate the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in line with the most up-to-date Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) standards and guidelines. Please see the full list below of openings and protocols with regard to our beaches, parks, restaurants and more.

Please note: The Navarre Beach Tourism Office is currently closed. However, our team is answering calls 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Please don’t hesitate to call (850) 981-8888 with any questions you may have.

 

Below are responses to some frequently asked questions:

  • Are beaches open? Yes. All of our spacious, uncrowded beaches are open and follow normal hours. Between sunrise and sundown, parking is available at ALL public lots and spaces. Visitors may also walk and bike the multi-use path of the island of Navarre Beach. Parking lot opening and closing times differ, so please check individual parking lot restrictions for opening and closing times.
  • Is the pier open? Yes. The Navarre Beach Pier is open from 5a to 11p daily. Normal pier admission procedures will be in place; daily and annual passes may be purchased.
  • Are Blackwater River and Coldwater Creek open? Yes
  • Is the Gulf Islands National Seashore open? No. The Gulf Island National Seashore is currently closed due to Hurricane Sally.
  • Are the Navarre Beach Boat Ramp and kayak launch open? No. The Navarre Beach Boat Ramp and kayak launch is closed at this time.
  • With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time: Parking lots 33A and 36A along Highway 399 (closed for the season); Parking lots 34A and 34E at the Opal Beach Complex.
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore will implement its annual effort to protect nesting shorebirds by lowering speed limits to 25 mph on Hwy. 399, installing radar speed signs and speed humps, and increasing speed limit enforcement patrols.
  • Are hotels open? Yes, most Santa Rosa County accommodations are open at this time. Please note, this could change, so please reach out directly to individual properties.
  • Are vacation rentals available? Yes, at this time, vacation rentals are available. Again, this could change, so please reach out directly to individual property management companies for reservations and questions.
  • Are parks open? Yes! Most Santa Rosa County parks are open at this time for use adhering to the latest health guidelines. Navarre Park is closed until further notice. Please reach out ahead, to check on hours of operation.
  • Are campgrounds open? Most campgrounds are open at this time. Please call ahead to check on availability.
  • Are state forests open? Yes, most Florida state forests in Santa Rosa County are open with limited capacity. Please call ahead to check on capacity level.
  • Are restaurants open? Yes, many restaurants are now open, so please contact them directly before arriving as they may have new health and safety procedures in place (such as reservations only, limited seating, etc). Most restaurants also offer safe, convenient pick-up or delivery, so check their websites or give them a call for details.
  • Are bars open? Yes. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced that bars are allowed to open on Monday, September 14th at 50 percent capacity.
  • Are face masks mandatory? Wearing face masks is voluntary for Santa Rosa County residents. Residents may consider wearing a mask in locations where physical distancing is more difficult such as grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, hospitals, etc.

For those traveling to our area, the CDC and Florida Department of Health encourage the same personal best practices that are standard for a typical flu season – frequent washing of hands, use of sanitizing wipes, consulting with a doctor before traveling when sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, etc. In addition, it is strongly encouraged that all CDC social distancing guidelines are followed. We will continue to follow the guidance offered by the CDC, as well as those provided by state and local public health authorities.

The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office is actively monitoring COVID-19 reports from the State of Florida Governor’s Office, the CDC as well as the FDOH, and will pass pertinent information as it becomes available via this page. 

Should you have questions about COVID-19 and your ability to travel, the Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 call center, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1 (866) 779-6121. Questions can also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Businesses requesting masks to provide to employees or customers may call 850-564-2307 to request a supply.

County-level case rate information is available at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/county-map.html?

Travel Industry Resources

Destinations International

U.S. Travel Association – COVID-19 Toolkit

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management

Florida State Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses

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