Best Florida Beaches Closed Due to Coronavirus—UPDATED

Covid-19 is seriously cramping the style of beachgoers in The Sunshine State. And for now, that seems like the best way forward.

Updated 12 p.m., March 27–BF

Fun in the sun and spring break go hand in hand—and there’s nowhere better in the whole USA for this classic slice of Americana than Florida beaches. From the westernmost point on the Panhandle (Flora Bama y’all!), to the Southernmost tip of the Keys, many travelers feel like this is a rite of passage—a solid sayonara to winter.

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Ormond Beach in Volusia County (©Brooke Fehr)

But with the spread of COVID-19 a reality, now is the time to hit pause on those plans. Across Florida, counties and municipalities are opting to close hotels in tourist-favored areas to discourage visitation, and are even taking the added extra step to close the beaches themselves. So before you hop in the car to get your dose of Vitamin Sea, check out our list of the beaches below, grouped by region and starting with the beaches closest to Orlando.

Northern East Coast Florida Beaches

  • Duval County (Jacksonville Beaches): Beaches closed beginning 3/20 and will remain closed until further notice.
  • Flagler County (Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, Marineland): Closed as of 3/22
  • Nassau County (Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island): Closed as of 3/22
  • St. Johns County (Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine): Public beach parking closed as of 3/23 and will remain closed until further notice

Central East Coast Florida Beaches

  • Brevard County (Cocoa Beach): Beachside parking is closed, but beaches remain open
  • Volusia County (Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach): All vehicular access ramps are now closed until further notice. County off-beach parking remains open
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Daytona Beach in Volusia County (©Brooke Fehr)

Central West Coast Florida Beaches

  • Hillsborough County (Ben T. Davis Beach): Closed as of 3/19 and will remain closed until further notice; county is under a “Safer at Home” advisory as of Friday, 3/27 at 10 a.m., which restricts all movement throughout the county that is not deemed essential, with no end date at update time (3/27, 11:46 a.m.)
  • Pinellas County (Clearwater): Closed as of 3/21 and will remain closed until 4/6

Panhandle Beaches

  • Bay County (Panama City Beaches): Closed beginning 3/20 at least through 4/9
  • Okaloosa County (Fort Walton Beach, Destin Beach, Santa Rosa Beach,  Henderson Beach State Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore): Closed as of 3/20 through 4/30
  • Walton County (Seaside, Sandestin, Grayton): Beaches closed for 30 days effective 3/19
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Bahia Honda in Monroe County (©Brooke Fehr)

Southeast Florida Beaches

  • Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties (Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miami Beach, Palm Beach, South Beach): All Broward and Miami-Dade beaches closed by order of Governor Ron DeSantis
  • Monroe County (All of the Florida Keys): Lodging is closed to all leisure visitors until further notice; the Monroe County Sheriff’s office implemented southbound traffic stops restricting road access to non-residents beginning 3/27
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Captiva in Lee County (©Brooke Fehr)

Southwest Florida Beaches

  • Collier County (Naples, Marco Island): All beaches closed as of sunset 3/19 and will be closed until further notice
  • Lee County (Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva; South Seas Island Resort Beaches remain open, as do some other private beaches) All public beaches are closed for 30 days beginning 3/20

This is a developing story. We will continue to update this story as closures change.

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