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Travel Information: COVID-19 Update

Update: May 21, 2020 – 12:00 p.m.

We are thrilled to share that the short-term rental ban has been lifted in Walton County, and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is now open and ready to take reservations!

We have stringent new health and safety standards focused on all touch points for guests and employees. From new check-in procedures that limit contact to increased disinfecting of all public areas, find out more about our enhanced cleanliness initiatives in every area of the resort. 

In addition to our internal changes, we will ask our guests and homeowners to review governmental guidance to confirm eligibility to travel and stay at our resort and/or leave their own state. Reservations will not be honored where prohibited, and Sandestin accepts no responsibility for guests' reservations that do not adhere to guidelines. Per the governor’s executive order, reservations for dates within the next 45 days may not be accepted for renters coming from specific COVID-19 hotspot states which include: Louisiana, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Stay up-to-date on all COVID-19 travel updates here.

Current Openings:


Walton County voted to open beaches beginning on Friday, at 12:01 a.m. May 1, 2020. The following restrictions will be put in place at that time:

  • As of May 12, 2020: Beach vending is now permitted with the restrictions that vendors place their equipment a minimum of six feet apart, place equipment in a manner that prevents groups of more than 10 from congregating, and requires that all equipment is disinfected between each use.

  • All permits for beach bonfires shall be suspended. No fire permits will be issued while this Local State of Emergency remains in effect.

  • All special events on the beach shall be suspended and no special events on the beach shall be permitted while this Local State of Emergency remains in effect.

  • Groups of more than ten (10) people are prohibited, and a minimum of six (6) foot social distancing shall apply.

 Read more here. 

Golf Courses: 
   Baytowne/ Raven: Monday- Saturday 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Call for tee times and status: 850.267.8155   
     Burnt Pine: Monday- Saturday 6:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m./ Sunday 6:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Call    for tee times and status: 850.267.6500

Burnt Pine Dining: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Burnt Pine Fitness Center: Open daily (opening May 19th)

Sandestin Tennis Center: Monday-Sunday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Beach Club:

       Pool: Monday- Sunday 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

       Dining (takeout/ curbside pickup): Monday- Sunday 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 

Pools: Beach Club and Bayside Inn Pool. Please check with your individual HOA for specific neighborhood pool status and restrictions. 

Dunes Putting Course: Friday- Sunday 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Bike Rentals: Friday- Sunday 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Sandestin Family Retail Stores- Island Clothiers, Barefoot Princess, Sandestin Clothing Company, and Coconut Kidz: Sunday-Thursday 10am- 7pm; Friday- Saturday 10am-9pm.

Marina Bar and Grill: Monday-Friday 11am-10pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am-10pm. 

Sandestin Fitness Center: 7am-6pm Monday-Friday; 7am-5pm Saturday; 7am-1pm Sunday

Tram Service: Daily 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Visit our entire list of restaurants and shops open in Sandestin and The Village of Baytowne Wharf here. 

Temporary Closures:

  • Spa Sandestin

We continue to follow protocols as recommended by the CDC: 

  • Across the resort, we are reinforcing the recommended measures on appropriate hygiene standards.
  • Our staff has been trained on the latest safety recommendations, and we have increased the frequency of disinfecting all public areas of the resort with recommended sanitizing products.
  • We have installed sanitation stations throughout the public areas of the resort.
  • Paying special attention to all our equipment, vehicles, and public areas, we have increased the frequency of and enhanced the techniques used to disinfect our resort.
  • We are looking after the health and well-being of our team members, recommending they remain home and consult their healthcare provider if they feel ill.  We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing. 

We want everyone who visits Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort to feel confident about their choice in vacations. Our 2,400-acre resort with miles of pristine beaches and bayfront, championship golf, tennis, marina, shopping and The Village of Baytowne Wharf afford plenty of room to keep you active and safely distanced! 


Posted on Mar 11, 2020
Sandestin Marketing

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