Perdido Key Area

The Perdido Key area features multiple beach accesses, a small boat launch, boardwalk nature trail, and the summer facility for Camp Happy Sands. All facilities such as restrooms, pavilions, grills, and more, are located in the Rosamond Johnson area directly after passing through the entrance station. An entrance fee is required for this area.

Visitors may continue about 2 miles down to the turnaround point, though vehicles may not park here. There are several parking lots available along the road with beach access. Roadside parking is only available in one small section marked clearly by signage.

After the turnaround point, the barrier island continues but is only accessible by foot or by boat. Only boat-in backcountry camping is allowed on the end of the island, where the remnants of some historic structures are located.

Johnson Beach Facilities & More

A concrete boat launch sinks into the water with aquatic vegetation nearby.
Perdido Key Boat Ramp

Launch a small boat or watercraft.

A common yellowthroat perches on a blade of grass.
Perdido Key Discovery Trail

An accessible boardwalk loop trail.

A pavilion and beach mat are found on an empty beach.
Rosamond Johnson Beach Facilities

Pavilions, parking, restrooms, and more.


Operating Hours

March 1 - October 31: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 1 - Februrary 28: 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Overnight parking is not permitted year-round.


Perdido Key Area Map

From Pensacola: Take Highway 98 (Bus.) to Barrancas Avenue and continue onto Highway 292. Stay on Highway 292 until you cross the bridge to Perdido Key, as Hwy. 292 curves right, turn left onto Johnson Beach Road.

From Orange Beach/Gulf Shores: Head east on Highway 182 and cross over into Florida continuing onto Highway 292 (Perdido Key Drive). As the road begins to curve to the left away from the beach, turn right onto Johnson Beach Road.

Plan Your Visit

  • This area requires an entrance free. Credit card only.
  • This area is subject to closure due to max capacity from April through September. Arrive early for entrance.
  • This area provides an accessible beach mat for access to Johnson Beach. Ask the ranger at the entrance station for the beach wheelchair.
  • Parking is only permitted in designated spaces only. Roadside parking is only allowed between beach access H-K.
  • Check the weather in advance. This area is high risk for rip currents. Lifeguard on duty Memorial to Labor Day.
  • Gatherings over 26 people require permits.
  • Pavilions are available for rent in advance.
  • No pets allowed on the beach. Only on the roadway.

Plan Your Visit


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Last updated: September 19, 2022

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1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

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