Beaches in Florida

What you need to know about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and beaches in Florida

Last updated: Thursday May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Updates- Beaches closures in Florida
Beaches in Bay, Florida are open.
Beaches in Brevard, Florida are open and parking remains closed until May 15.
Beaches in Charlotte, Florida are open.
Beaches in Collier, Florida are open. Naples Pier will remain closed.
Beaches in Duval, Florida are open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. each morning and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening. In Jacksonville Beach, public parking is available.
Beaches in Escambia, Florida are open, and parking remains closed until May 15.
Beaches in Flagler, Florida are open.
Beaches in Franklin, Florida are open.
Beaches in Gulf, Florida are open.
Beaches in Hermando, Florida are open.
Beaches in Hillsborough, Florida are open, some beach facilities are still closed.
Beaches in Indian River, Florida are open except Seagrape Trail.
Beaches in Lee, Florida are open.
Beaches in Manatee, Florida are open, except Bayfront Park and Greer Island.
Beaches in Martin, Florida are open, with the exception of Hobe Sound and Bathtub beaches.
Beaches in Monroe, Florida are open.
Beaches in Nassau, Florida are open.
Beaches in Okaloosa, Florida are open.
Beaches in Palm Beach, Florida are closed. Plan for opening beaches on May 18.
Beaches in Pasco, Florida are open with restrictions.
Beaches in Pinellas, Florida are open.
Beaches in Santa Rosa, Florida are open, with exception of parks on the island of Navarre Beach.
Beaches in Sarasota, Florida are open.
Beaches in St Johns, Florida are open.
Beaches in St Lucie, Florida are open with restrictions.
Beaches in Volusia, Florida are open.
Beaches in Wakulla, Florida are open.
Beaches in Walton, Florida are open with restrictions

COVID-19 Updates - Recreational water quality monitoring
Florida Healthy Beaches' water quality monitoring programs are currently running normally.
An Executive order from the State of California Public Health Officer was issued as an executive order by the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis on April 1. Click here to access the executive order


There’s a reason Florida is dubbed the “Sunshine State”. Beaches in Florida are what often come to mind when one thinks of a beach holiday in the U.S. Florida is a favourite winter getaway destination.

Florida is the southernmost state in the continental U.S. and temperatures are hot and balmy. Swimming at beaches in Florida is possible year round. Summer temperatures reach into the 30°C range and trips to the beach become a necessity.

Florida borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Beaches in and near the Gulf of Mexico usually have white sand and calm waves. Beaches along the Atlantic Ocean have golden sand, and waters tend to be a bit rougher - perfect for surfing, but often also calm enough for swimming. The Florida Keys, which are a string of islands along Florida’s southern tip, have waters that are great for scuba diving and snorkeling. The beaches in Key West aren’t generally sandy, but they are more secluded, providing a quieter getaway than the mainland beaches.

As temperatures warm up throughout the summer months, almost everyone will find a beach in Florida comfortable for a longer swim. The Gulf of Mexico’s waters are generally warmer than the Atlantic.

Florida’s beaches are well known by travellers. On the Atlantic coast, Miami Beach is perhaps the most famous and has ample sandy beaches. Consistently warm weather and plenty of activities in town make this one of the most popular, and therefore crowded, beaches. Anyone looking for a quieter retreat will enjoy Fort Lauderdale, which offers similar beaches with warm, clean waters.

For those looking for warmer Gulf waters, Tampa Bay averages 361 days of sunshine each year which is perfect for enjoying its calm waters and white sandy beaches.

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