Santa Rosa Day Use Area

Operating Hours:

Highway 399 (J. Earle Bowden Way): 24 hours a day, year-round

Parking Lots along Hwy. 399 are closed from sunset to sunrise.

Opal Beach Facilities: 8:00 a.m. to sunset

Things to Do:

One of the most popular places to spend a summer day at Gulf Islands National Seashore. At the area, visitors can see wildlife including birds and sea turtles, picnic, swim. Picnic shelters are available for general use on a first-come, first-serve basis, but Cluster A and E can be reserved.

Entrance Fees:

Visitors must pay an entrance fee when entering the Opal Beach facilities, other beach access points do not require an entrance pass.

Safety:

There are no lifeguards at the Santa Rosa Area, except at the Opal Beach facilities during the summer months. Pack-it-In and Pack-it-Out principles is practiced at the national seahsore, so there are no trash receptacles. Glass containers and pets are not allowed on the beaches.

Directions:

From Interstate 10: Take Exit 12 for I-110 South, exit 1B Gregory Street East, merge onto 30 E Chase Street, turn left onto Bayfront Parkway /Hwy 98 East, merge onto Hwy 399 to beaches, cross toll bridge ($1.00), continue along Hwy. 399 for 6 miles, the area continues for an additional 7 miles after entering.

For more information call (850) 934-2600
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Last updated: December 19, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

Phone:

(850) 934-2600

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