Navarre Beach Travel Information, Beach Conditions & COVID-19 Updates

Date: October 14, 2021

Thank you for checking our beach forecast page. We are here to help you plan your visit with the most up-to-date information on current beach conditions.

At this time, Navarre Beach is under a low level red tide advisory. 

Red tide is a naturally occurring microscopic alga called Karenia brevis that can irritate the skin and breathing in some individuals. At lower levels, like those we are experiencing near Navarre Beach, it is always best to use common sense and stay informed. Per Florida Fish & Wildlife, those with sensitive skin or respiratory issues should avoid swimming in areas with red tide concentrations. 

The links below could help answer any questions you may have and will also provide the most up-to-date local red tide information.  

Current beach conditions: visitbeaches.org

Daily red tide respiratory forecast: habforecast.gcoos.org

Florida Fish & Wildlife red tide sampling map: FWC Maps

Florida Fish & Wildlife red tide frequently asked questions: Red Tide FAQ

Current Beach Conditions

For the most up-to-date information regarding current beach conditions, click here.

Beach & Water Safety 101: Staying Safe at Navarre Beach

COVID-19 Updates

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 Visitor Information Center and Tourism Office is currently open. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 Monday to Friday. Please don’t hesitate to call us at (850) 981-8900 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 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week. . 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? Yes.
  • Is the Navarre Beach Boat Ramp open? Yes
  • Is the Sound Side ADA kayak launch open? No
  • Is the Gulf Side kayak launch open? Yes
  •  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. 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.
  • 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

Santa Rosa Ready