Santa Rosa Day Use Area, Opal Beach, located just east of Pensacola Beach, Florida, is one of the most popular places to spend a summer day at Gulf Islands National Seashore. The area is open daily and there is an entrance fee for this area. At the area, visitors can see wildlife including birds and sea turtles, picnic, swim.
At the Santa Rosa Day Use Area, we practice Pack-it-In and Pack-it-Out principles so there are no trash receptacles. Please keep these pristine beaches clean by not littering. 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 Cluster A and E can be reserved.