Last updated on May 23rd, 2020 at 08:03 am

 

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Social distancing on the beach at St. Andrews State Park in Bay County. (Photo by Amre, Some rights reserved)

The decision to re-open beaches and by how much is up to local governments with guidance from the state.

This story includes a county-by-county listing of beaches, open and closed. (See below)

Beach re-openings and social restrictions vary from city to city.

Most beaches are open in the Florida Keys, but visitors are still being blocked from entering the Keys at checkpoints. The Keys will reopen to tourism and visitors on June 1.

Editor’s Note: Numerous sources were used in this report, including individual counties, VisitFlorida.com and reader alerts. Comments are welcome. Updates are frequent, but changes are occurring faster than we can report them, so follow the links for the latest.


Additional Updates:


Play Safely: Protect Yourself and Others Outdoors


Bay County

Panama City | Panama City Beach | Mexico Beach

Beaches are open, including St. Andrews State Park. Maintain social distancing and limit groups to fewer than 10 people. 


Broward County

Beaches to reopen after Memorial Day. No picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or lying on the beach will be allowed, nor will umbrellas, chairs or coolers. Running, walking, swimming, surfing OK. No organized sports, and groups of more than 10 people will be prohibited. People must stay 6 feet apart unless they are from the same household or group.


Brevard County

(Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne)

Beaches are open. County-controlled beachside parks and beachside public parking access areas are open for most beaches. Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Melbourne Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Indialantic, and Melbourne have closed beachside parking access. Sitting or lying on the beach alone or in groups no more than 5 is permitted, so long as 6 feet in all directions is respected between groups.


Charlotte

(Englewood, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda)

Beaches open with restrictions. Charlotte County beaches, parks, and fishing piers are open with social distancing restrictions. Restrooms at Englewood Beach and Port Charlotte Beach are open.


Citrus

(Crystal River, Homosassa, Inverness)

Beaches closed. Fort Island Gulf Beach and Hernando Beach remain closed, pending water quality results.


Collier County

Naples beaches will re-open from sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a.m. on May 13. The beaches will have shorter hours on weekends: 7 to 11 a.m. and then closing before reopening from 5 p.m. to sunset. The weekend hours will extend to Memorial Day. The restrictions follow a test opening Mother’s Day weekend that failed because of crowds and beaches were closed. The new rules are:

On weekdays, no coolers and tents but chairs and umbrellas allowed. Walking, running, swimming, fishing, and paddle boarding allowed.

On weekends, 7 am to 11 am, Chairs, tents, umbrellas, or coolers prohibited. Walking, running, swimming, fishing, and paddle boarding allowed.

On weekends, 5pm to sunset. ONLY chairs allowed. (Tents, umbrellas, or coolers prohibited

Additionally, parking is restricted to county residents with permits to discourage out-of-town visitors


Duval

(Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach)

Beaches open. Restrictions lifted. Beaches are open all day and restrictions on activities have been lifted. Sunbathing and gathering in small groups is now allowed. In Jacksonville Beach, dogs are permitted on the beach between the hours of 5 PM and 9 AM. Beaches have also reopened in the Talbot Islands. State park updates.


Escambia

(Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key)

Beaches open. County beaches, including the sound side, Gulf side, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key, open 30 minutes before sunrise and close 30 minutes after sunset, daily. Pavilions, the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier and the area around and under the fishing pier remain closed. Beachgoers are asked to limit groups to 10 people or less and adhere social distancing by keeping a 6-foot distance between others who are not in their immediate household. 

Gulf Islands National Seashore. Park waters and some land areas remain open, although many areas are closed to all visitor access including walking, biking, or arriving by boat. Updates: Map of closed areas and updates.


Flagler County | Flagler Beach

(Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, Marineland)

Beaches open and activities restrictions lifted. Flagler beaches are open for any activity, including sunbathing, while following social distancing guidelines. Some access points remain closed. The boardwalk, pier and parking along A1A adjacent to the boardwalk are closed. Handicapped parking and beach access will be available just north of the Pier, at South 2nd Street and SR A1A.


Franklin

(Apalachicola, Carrabelle, St. George Island)

Beaches open to county residents only, limited hours. Hours are restricted to three hours blocks daily: From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. St. George Island State Park is now open. Blankets, chairs, and fishing are permitted with adherance to social distancing guidelines.


Gulf

(Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka, White City)

Beaches are open. No restrictions.


Hernando

(Brooksville, Weeki Wachee)

Beaches are open. Social distancing rules apply. No organized sports, events or large gatherings will be permitted.


Indian River County

(Vero Beach, Fellsmere, Sebastian)

Beaches are open with restrictions. Permitted activities include running, walking, swimming, wading and floating, surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking where currently allowed. Any exercise activities that can be completed following proper social distancing guidelines. The following items are banned: Blankets, Chairs, Coolers, Beach Umbrellas, Tents.


Lee

(Fort Myers, Sanibel Island)

Beaches are open. Social distancing rules apply. Fort Myers Beach and beach-area parking are open. Sanibel Island beaches are open but parking lots are closed. 


Levy

(Cedar Key, Williston, Chiefland)

Beaches restricted.


Manatee County

(Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Palmetto)

Beaches open with social distancing restrictions. The county has lifted parking restrictions at beach parking lots.  Beer Can (Greer) Island and Anna Maria Bayfront Park are closed.


Martin County

(Stuart, Indiantown, Port Mayaca)

Beaches open, except Hobe Sound, Bathtub Beach. All Martin County public beach access points are open to residents only as of Monday, May 4, except Hobe Sound Beach and Bathtub Beach. Seasonal residents must have documentation with their local address. Beachgoers are asked to follow CDC guidelines and park in designated spaces. 


Miami-Dade

(Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables)

Beaches are expected to re-open after Memorial Day weekend.


Monroe

(Key West, Islamorada, Key Largo)

The Florida Keys are closed to visitors until June 1, but most beaches are open to residents. Key West has opened its beaches and parks to residents with few restrictions, and sunbathing is allowed in addition to exercise. While masks are not required, beachgoers must maintain social distancing. County-owned parks and beaches are also open throughout the Keys with social distancing enforced. Playgrounds are being sanitized twice daily. Municipal beaches are closed in Marathon and Islamorada. The Reynolds Street Pier at Higgs Beach is open until 6 p.m. nightly. The fitness trail, playgrounds and dog park at Higgs Beach are also open. State parks with beaches in the Keys have reopened with restrictions.


Nassau 

(Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island)

Beaches are open. Social distancing rules apply. Beach parking areas, Peter’s Point, Burney Park, Scott Road and the south end walkover will be open daily from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. No horses or group activities will be permitted. No alcohol. Amelia Island State Park is open for active recreation only, such as walking, jogging, swimming and fishing. 


Okaloosa

(Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Santa Rosa Island)

Beaches open with restricted hours effective May 18. 


Palm Beach County

(Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton)

Beaches scheduled to reopen Monday, May 18. Beaches open to all activities, including sunbathing, limited to groups of 10 or less with social distancing a minimum of six feet between groups. The Town of Palm Beach will delay its beach reopening until after the Memorial Day Weekend. In addition to beaches, concessions and hotels will also re-open.

 


Pasco

(New Port Richey, Dade City, Zephyrhills)

Beaches closed. Anclote Key Preserve State Park is open for day use, 8 a.m. to sunset, for active recreation only, such as walking, jogging, swimming and fishing. Restrooms and trash cans are unavailable, all other park facilities are closed. Normal park fees apply. Visitors are expected to maintain safe social distances of at least 6 feet apart and limit group size to 10 people.


Pinellas

(Clearwater, St. Petersburg)
Beaches are open. Beach access and beach parking at are open, including Sand Key Park, Fred Howard Park, and Fort De Soto Park. Restrooms are also open. Social distancing rules apply. Fort De Soto Fishing Pier will be accessible during park hours beginning from 7 am to sunset. Shell Key Preserve is open, but camping permits are not available until further notice.


Santa Rosa

(Milton, Navarre, Jay)

Beaches restricted effective May 1. Navarre Beach is open from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily. Parking will be available at all public lots and spaces. Visitors may also walk and bike the multi-use path of the island of Navarre Beach. 

Gulf Islands National Seashore. Park waters and some land areas remain open, although many areas are closed to all visitor access including walking, biking, or arriving by boat. Updates: Map of closed areas and updates.


Sarasota

(Sarasota, Venice, Siesta Key)

Beaches are open with social distancing restrictions. Sunbathing is allowed. Concessions, playgrounds, amenities and picnic shelters remain closed. Lido Beach will remain closed per the City of Sarasota until further notice. In the City of Venice, Humphris Park (South Jetty), the Brohard Paw Park and Venice Fishing Pier will remain closed.


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Plenty of room for social distancing on Butler Beach in St. Augustine, which opened this week. (Photo/Robert Kershner)

St. Johns

(St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach)

Beaches are open with social distancing enforced. All activities, including sunbathing, permitted as of May 4 except driving on the beach. Since lifeguards may not be on duty, all swimming is at done at your own risk. Anastasia State Park has reopened with limitations.


St. Lucie

(Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce)

Beaches open with restrictions. St. Lucie County and Fort Pierce are reopening beaches for physical recreation including walking, jogging, fishing, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, collecting seashells, kayaking, paddle-boarding or other activity provided that social distancing requirements are maintained.


Taylor

(Perry, Steinhatchee) 

Beaches and boat ramps closed


Volusia

(New Smyrna BeachDaytona Beach)

Beaches open with vehicle access. All in-season vehicular beach access ramps are open to vehicles for beach parking from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Vehicles must park at a blue post or conservation post, which are placed at 25 foot intervals. Beachgoers are encouraged to access the beach in a less-populated area.  Sunbathing and other activities are permitted. Lighthouse Point Park and Smyrna Dunes Park are also open at partial capacity. Restrooms and showers on the beach and in county-operated coastal and inlet parks are open. Social distancing guidelines – a maximum of six people per group, with at least 10 feet of distance between groups of beachgoers – will continue to be enforced. 

Canaveral National Seashore remains closed.


Wakulla

(Wakulla Springs, Sopchoppy, Crawfordville)

Beaches open


Walton

(Seaside, Sandestin, Grayton Beach)

Beaches are open, including state park beaches. Social distancing rules apply.


 

2 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Bob Bandivort

    Hi All
    Hope you are safe. We think it is way too early to be
    putting us in harms way.

    • Avatar

      As long as rules are followed and logic is used, opening beaches does not put others in harms way. More dangerous at the local Publix.

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