COVID-19 update – MARCH 27, 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.  We are currently reaching out to all guests arriving between now and April 3rd to give them the status of their rental and their alternative options if necessary. For guests arriving from April 4th through May 1st, we will be reaching out to those guests weekly in advance of their stay.  Guests who are arriving during this period of time who have questions should 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 MARCH 27, 2020: Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended all new vacation rentals in Florida for the next 14 days.
  • 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:
    • Navarre Beach – Beaches Closed Until April 4th
    • Fort Walton Beach – Beaches Closed Until April 30th
    • Destin – Beaches Closed Until April 30th
    • South Walton/30A – Beaches Closed Until April 18th
    • Panama City Beach – Beaches Closed Until April 9th
    • Anna Maria Island – public beaches closed with no date for opening provided
  • Pier Park in Panama City Beach is closed and will reopen on March 29th. Restaurants in Pier Park remain open for carryout and delivery
  • Silver Sands outlet mall in Miramar Beach is closed and will reopen on March 29th
  • Some of the festivals and events have been canceled, so if you were planning on attending an event, please check with the organizers

If you were planning on coming down to enjoy the weather, just 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: