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.
For the safety of our residents and visitors, Okaloosa County has temporarily closed all beaches. Henderson Beach State Park and the Gulf Islands National Seashore also remain closed at this time.
Effective March 25th public parks, including playgrounds and restroom facilities in Okaloosa County will be closed through April 30th. Boat launches remain open, with the exception of Meigs Park. A number of hiking trails within the parks will remain open, including Veterans Park at Baywalk, Don & Susan Stillwell Park, and Baker Recreation Area.
Area bars and nightclubs closed at 5PM on March 17, 2020 for 30 days statewide per the Florida governor.
Some local activities and attractions, such as fishing charters, dolphin tours, and water sports rental locations, operate outdoors and are open. Several have chosen to temporarily close to protect the health and safety of their customers and employees.
Many local businesses are taking extra steps to protect area visitors, residents and their employees. The following changes and closures have been put in place by individual businesses:
Our Visitor's Centers on Okaloosa Island and at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport are closed to the public at this time. We invite you to call us 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: