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