Santa Rosa Day Use Area
Santa Rosa, part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, is a fragile barrier island made up largely of fine quartz sand held together by plants adapted to this harsh environment. It provides habitat for many shore birds, small animals and nesting sea turtles.
Facilities at Opal Beach are open daily from 8:00 to sunset. An entrance fee is charged for visitors to Opal Beach from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Fees are good for seven days and can be used at other areas of Gulf Islands.
Santa Rosa is a pack-in and pack-out park so please keep our beaches clean. Glass containers and pets are not allowed on the beaches.
Picnic Shelters are available for general use on a first-come, first-serve basis, but you can also reserve Cluster A and E by calling 877-444-6777 or search www.recreation.gov
Did You Know?
The Third System fortifications consisted of 42 forts built between 1816 and 1870. They were used to guard all the principal harbors, rivers, and naval yards of the United States. Only the Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas at Gulf Islands National Seashore was built entirely for land defense.