Visitors: Panama City Beach and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Panama City Beach Empty Beaches 4-8-20 by Melinda Lee
Surreal photo of empty beaches in Panama City Beach April 8, 2200 by Melinda Lee.

There are rumors Florida has closed it’s borders that are not true. That being said, a global pandemic is not the best time to take a vacation. What is happening at Florida’s borders is that visitors from New York and other “hot spots” are being checked and asked to quarantine for 14 days or whenever they leave the state, whichever is shorter.

The beaches are closed as of today (April 17, 2020) and that will be reassessed periodically. Gov. DeSantis announced the suspension of any new vacation rentals, including Airbnbs, from renting rooms and homes to vacationers until at least April 30th. The governor has issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state and shuttered non-essential business until at least May 2nd.

Will I get a refund for my vacation?

Refund policies vary from company to company and person to person, so you will need to contact who you rented from about a refund.

When should we visit Panama City Beach?

No one can say for sure when the Coronavirus pandemic will be over yet. The data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine currently suggests the virus will peak in Florida on April 21. There should be a decline in cases after that.

The locals miss you too!

We miss you! Our beautiful beaches will be here waiting for you as soon as this is over. We will keep you updated here on our site at, so check back for updates. Hope to see you soon! Stay safe, healthy and blessed!