Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida places the highest priority on the health and safety of our residents and visitors. We are committed to consistently providing you with the most up-to-date information on the status of our businesses and attractions as the situation evolves. We will continue to update this page as new information and guidelines become available and work alongside our local leadership, including the Okaloosa County Health Department, to keep all well-informed and safe.
Okaloosa County and Destin beaches are open to all from dawn until dusk. This includes public and private beaches; restrooms; beach access ways; parking areas solely for accessing beaches; county and city beachfront parks; trails; Marler Park; and the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. The Okaloosa area of the Gulf Islands National Seashore is also open as is Henderson Beach State Park’s beach access, parking and camping area.
Eglin off-base beaches have also re-opened under the following guidelines, with the exception of the East Pass access point.
Yes. Prior to re-opening Okaloosa County presented Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) with a Short-Term Vacation Rental Safety Plan outlining additional measures to enable vacation rentals to begin taking reservations and accepting check-ins.
At this time, there are no quarantine requirements for out of state visitors.
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect toll collectors, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) will temporarily not accept cash as a form of payment for tolls including the Mid-Bay Toll Bridge. Tolls will still be required, but they will be collected either via SunPass or toll-by-plate. Administrative fees are waived at this time.
At this time, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is operating as normal. However, given COVID-19’s impact on the industry and individual carriers, we recommend you continue to check directly with the airline.
Yes, restaurants and bars in Destin-Fort Walton Beach are open. Restaurants and bars are permitted to be open and operating at 100% capacity while following CDC approved guidelines. Many local restaurants are still offering outdoor seating with tables spaced 6-feet apart.
A number of local restaurants have been offering curbside pickup and delivery services and will continue to do so. For a list of area restaurant re-openings, click here.
Our Visitor's Centers on Okaloosa Island and at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport are now open to the public. Our visitor specialists can also be reached at 800.322.3319.
We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available, and encourage you to visit/call the following sources regarding travel safety and local updates: