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Beaches Are Open, But What Time?

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Beaches across the panhandle will be open Friday. But the hours of operation and restriction vary from each county and city. As people anxiously get ready for their next beach day, here’s a breakdown on where and when you can go. 

Updated  May 14

Escambia County: All public beaches on Santa Rosa Island and Perdido Key will be open 30 minutes before sunrise and will close 30 minutes after sunset. 

Santa Rosa County (Navarre Beach): Beaches are open with no time restrictions. 

Gulf Islands National Seashore/Ft. Pickens: Select Florida areas are open in Phase One. Phase Two begins mid-month. For details, visit: nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/covid19-phased-reopening-plan.htm

Okaloosa County: All public beaches are open with no time restrictions.

Destin: City of Destin public accesses will be open dawn to dusk. 

Henderson Beach State Park: Open for daily activity, campgrounds are still closed. For more information, click here

Eglin Air Force Base East Pass Beach: Closed. Other Eglin Beaches on Okaloosa Island open

Walton County: All beaches will open with no time restrictions. All beach activies allowed under the Walton County Waterways and Beach Activites Ordinances. Sunbathing, swimming, chairs and umbrellas will be allowed. 

Seaside: The beach and merchants are still closed until further notice. Some food establishments still offering takeout. 

Bay County: Beaches will be open with no restrictions