COVID-19 update – APRIL 26, 2020

While we’ve been experiencing extremely high call volume, most guests have been patient with our teams.  We really appreciate your patience and understanding.  If you have questions about the status of your rental please email us at tothebeach@bestbeachgetaways.comWe’ll respond to your email within 24 hours. 

Here is the latest information we have related to the impact of the COVID19 situation on our beaches, businesses, and attractions:

  • UPDATE: It appears that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will not be extending his ban on short term rentals after April 30.  There is a press conference scheduled for April 27.  We will update this site as soon as we have more definitive information.
  • UPDATE: Because of the COVID-19 situation we’ve asked our owners to allow us to offer more flexible minimum stays this summer.  Most owners are willing to do so.  So, we’ve reduced our minimum stay for the summer to three night minimum stays.  We hope that will allow more folks to enjoy the beach this summer. 
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has extended the ban on short term vacation rentals until April 30
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a stay safe at home order asking all non-essential employees to stay home until April 30th
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended all new vacation rentals in Florida until April 1
  • Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, Tuesday, March 24, issued an executive order urging people over 65 or those having health issues that could worsen due to the COVID19 to stay indoors
  • Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, Monday, March 23rd, he is issuing an executive order mandating that anyone arriving on a flight from New York City and the surrounding area submit to self-quarantine for two weeks as he tries to avoid issuing a statewide shutdown similar to other states.
  • Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, has instructed bars, nightclubs and gyms to close for the next thirty days and for restaurants to limit sales to carry out and delivery with no restaurant seating
    • Update on Beach Status:
      • UPDATE: Navarre Beach – Navarre Beach is now open from 2:30pm to 7:30pm daily
      • Fort Walton Beach – Beaches Closed Until April 30th
      • Destin – Beaches Closed Until April 30th
      • UPDATE: South Walton/30A – Beaches will open May1 with no hour restrictions.  They will enforce social distancing and restricting groups to 10 or less
      • UPDATE: Panama City Beach – Bay County and the City of Panama City Beach have opened the beaches to limited use from 6:00am to 9:00am and 5:00pm to 8:00pm daily
      • Anna Maria Island – public beaches closed with no date for opening provided
    • Most of the retail stores in Pier Park in Panama City Beach remain closed. Restaurants in Pier Park remain open for carryout and delivery and Fresh Market is open
    • Most of the retail stores Silver Sands outlet mall remain closed
    • Most of the festivals and events have been canceled, so if you were planning on attending an event, please check with the organizers

As we go through this unique circumstance please be smart about the things you can do to minimize exposure to COVID19 as recommended by public health authorities:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (use the 6’ social distance guide)
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

You’ll find more useful information at the Centers for Disease Control COVID19 information site which you’ll find on this link: