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SANTA ROSA/OPAL BEACH(FL) RESERVATIONS: This is a day use area. Park entrance fees are charged year-round. For a wedding, a gathering of 50 people or more, or other special use, a SPECIAL USE PERMIT is REQUIRED. You may obtain the permit application by calling 850-934-2605, or visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/guis for more information.
Attention: Beginning Monday, April 21, 2014, Gulf Islands National Seashore pavilions will no longer take reservations on Recreation.gov. The pavilions will be reserved through Gulf Islands National Seashore's Special Use Permit Coordinator, Sherrill Gray. You may either email or call about the specific date and location you wish to reserve. Please direct all emails to Sherrill_Gray@nps.gov or call 850-934-2605.

SANTA ROSA - OPAL BEACH, FL

part ofGulf Islands National Seashore, National Park Service
Photo: SANTA ROSA - OPAL BEACH
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Opal beach was created in 1995 when Hurricane Opal flattened sand dunes to create a smooth, sandy stretch of beach. Today, you can relax and enjoy a day of picnicking along the white sands. The covered picnic area faces the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with limitless opportunities for beach activities. The area is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island. Santa Rosa is a 40-mile barrier island once explored by Spanish Conquistadors in the early 16th century.

Natural Features:

Opal Beach is on Santa Rosa Island between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach. The beach stretches along the gulf side of Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island that borders the Pensacola Bay to the west and the Choctawhatchee Bay to the east.

Recreation:

Bring a volleyball or football for sports in the sand or seek out photography opportunities among the many sea birds, migratory birds, or sea turtles.

Facilities:

Each cluster has four pavilions and four tables per pavilion. The A Cluster and E Cluster, each seat 100 and are reservable for day use. Bring your own grill and note that there are no electric outlets or lights.

Nearby Attractions:

Explore neighboring beach areas like Navarre Beach Park, or head to historical Fort Pickens to explore the military fort built for added protection after the War of 1812. Take a short drive and visit the lighthouse and museum at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Ranger Station
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • All incoming vehicles are subject to an entrance fee year-round.
  • No glass containers are allowed on the beach.
  • Vehicles must stay in paved parking areas.
  • Pets are not permitted within any pavilion, structure, or on the beaches.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    30.36439, -86.96852
    30°21'52"N, 86°58'7"W

    From I-10, take I-110S to Pensacola. Take US Hwy98S/FL Hwy30 over Pensacola Bay to Gulf Breeze. Follow 98 through Gulf Breeze and bear RIGHT onto FL Hwy 399 to Pensacola Beach. $1 per vehicle bridge toll booth entering Pensacola Beach. Follow FL Hwy 399 through Pensacola Beach to Gulf Islands National Seashore/Santa Rosa Area park boundary. Pavilions are about 4 miles within the park.

    Alternate Route: From US Hwy 98 in Navarre, take Navarre Beach bridge to stop sign. Right turn onto FL Hwy 399. Follow 399 through Navarre Beach to Gulf Islands National Seashore/Santa Rosa Area park boundary. Pavilions are about 2.6 miles within the park.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    SANTA ROSA - OPAL BEACH
    7201 Gulf Boulevard
    Navarre FL 32566

    Phone Number:

    Information: (850)934-2600
    Campground and Pavilion Information: 850-934-2622
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