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WaterSound Inn

COVID-19 Health & Safety Update

As of January 5, 2021

To Our WaterSound Inn Guests:

We’re Looking Forward to Welcoming You Back! Taking care of one another – that has long been the WaterSound way. And like the rest of the country, we are getting used to a new normal of living – and traveling. As we reopen our doors, our promise to you remains the same: a hospitable, comfortable, beautiful and relaxing stay for you and your loved ones. 

We are now accepting reservations for stays and are extending refundable rates for new bookings within the hotel’s cancellation policy timeframe of two weeks. Given the fluidity of the situation, we will continue to adapt our procedures as needed. Please refer back to this page frequently for the most up-to-date information. 

New Normal. Same Hospitality Promise. 
We stand ready to serve you during these unprecedented times in the best way we know how: with the same hospitality excellence you have grown accustomed to. The safety and well-being of our guests and of our team members remains our top priority.

We continue to uphold the highest sanitation and guest-servicing standards for our property. Additionally, we have adjusted our hotel operations in accordance with guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and State of Florida, including but not limited to:

  • Enhanced property-wide sanitation procedures and frequency

  • Daily housekeeping services will be provided while the guest is out of the room..

  • Property-wide access to hand sanitizer

  • Physical-distancing procedures in all communal spaces, including beach access

  • Restriction of gatherings to 50 people or less

  • Touchless entry to hotel and hotel facilities, when possible

  • Restricted seating in pool areas and at hotel restaurants

  • Making mask and gloves available to guests, upon request

  • Thermal temperature controls for all of our team members and guests, as needed

  • Extensive Covid-19 training for all team members

Please note that at this time, Walton County beaches are open on a limited basis until at least May 19 to ensure the well-being and enjoyment of all. For more information regarding travel to Walton County, please visit

As of May 1, our beaches are open with the following restrictions until further notice, as voted upon by the Walton County Board of Commissioners and in line with the CDC’s recommendations.

  • The only permitted beach activities are: sunbathing, walking, jogging, fishing, swimming, paddleboarding, boating and surfing.

  • Complimentary beach chair access will be available through the WaterSound Beach Club:

    • The beach club will be open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

    • Beach club access cards will be provided at WaterSound Inn Front Desk upon check-in.

  • Personal beach chairs, tents and umbrellas are permitted.

  • Beach bonfires are available through WaterSound Beach Club.

  • No special events are allowed.

  • All visitors to the beach must adhere to the CDC guidelines of social-distancing, including no gatherings of more than 10 people and 6 ft. or more in between groups.

  • Beach restrictions will be enforced by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

The following amenities are currently available for WaterSound Inn guests:

  • WaterSound Beach Club is open daily from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    -Limited food menu available daily from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 30°86° (Sunset bar open until 7 p.m.) & Friday- Sunday from 11 a.m. -  6 p.m. at Costa Chica (food service avaialble until 5 p.m.)

    -Pool Deck (beverage service only) open daily from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    -Beach Services/Beach Chairs are available daily from 9 a.m.- Sunset; Beach Bar is open Friday- Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    -Kid's Room is open Monday- Thursday from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. & Friday - Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Dunesider Community Pool is open and adhering to social distancing guidlines with limited pool deck seating.

  • Origins Golf Club is open for public, from 7:30 AM - Sunset, Monday- Sunday (The course is closed on Wednesdays for course maintenance). Footgolf is available after 1 p.m. Tee times are recommended by calling 850-213-5090.

  • Private golf club, Shark's Tooth, is available to WSI guests during limited hours; tee times are required in advance and is based on availability by calling 850-249-3041.

  • Florida SweetTea Style is open at the WaterSound location from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and at the WaterColor location from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., with limited occupancy in line with physical-distancing guidelines. In-store tryons are not permitted, and all sales are final. The shop is also continuing to accept online orders with free shipping on all orders of $150+. 

  • Complimentary bicycles are available for guest use and should be returned by dusk. Bicycles will be sanitized after each use.

  • Complimentary kayak and canoe rentals are available through the WaterColor BoatHouse from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for one hour.  Reservations required by texting 850-419-6188.  

  • Access to WaterColor Workout Facility located at 20 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.


  • Food and beverage options are now available through WaterSound Beach Club on a limited basis.

  • The Dunsider Grill & Market is open Friday- Sunday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, along with beer, wine, snacks, beach supplies, and more. 

  • FOOW at WaterColor Inn and Havana Beach Bar & Grill at The Pearl Hotel are open, with restricted seating in line with physical-distancing guidelines. The restaurants are also enacting enhanced sanitation procedures, including but not limited to restricting access to self-serve condiments and utensils, suspending napkin service and tableside cooking and limited shared bar snacks. Bar and lounge seating will not be available during this time. Both restaurants are offering Curbside To-Go Dining. 

For the most updated COVID-19 information, including travel advisories and suggested precautions, please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).