Walk in the Sand in Perdido Key Florida at Johnson Beach and the Gulf Island National Seashore

2 mile hike along the shoreline

Perdido Key is a long stretch of barrier island that features the most gorgeous white sand beaches in the most natural setting.

When you go into the park, you can drive down Johnson Road into the National Seashore with dunes on both sides and park near any boardwalk access point that crosses over the dunes.

For our visit, Johnson Beach was open but Johnson Road road going into the Seashore was closed. So we parked in the main parking are and started our walk. 

We were disappointed to see that part of this area of Perdido Key area of the Gulf Islands National Seashore was also closed due to storm damage. 

The damage from the hurricane Sally in October 2020 was evident with many of the larger dunes being flattened and the boardwalks broken.

But the sand and beach areas were just as gorgeous as ever and proof that if you want to go to the beach during COVID, you can find areas where it is easy to social distance!

The Blue Angels were practicing in the distance and it was fun to see them.

Birds were abundant on this beach and always fun to discover how beautiful they are in their natural habitats. 

This Blue Heron was perched on a dune at the entrance to the beach.

We walked a couple miles into the seashore along the beach. It is a gorgeous beach area with a wide beachfront.

If you are looking for a place to get away, relax and social distance, this place is amazing. You can always find a less crowded spot on this beach to enjoy.


See the Ultimate Guide to Perdido Key Beaches on Florida Smart.com for more about Perdido Key including places to stay, restaurants and more.

My Daily Walk in the Sand Inspiration & Thoughts

This beach was so peaceful and natural. I love that it has been kept pristine and that parks like this are valued. To be able to walk in a place with no buildings or congestion, just me and the birds, was exhilarating. I had to come back here a second time because I just loved the natural peace.

I know that some people are not fans of the beach or the outdoors, but if you are, I’d recommend finding a space like this where you can be basically alone with the power of the ocean on one side and the quiet natural dune habitats and birds along the shore, and take a moment to appreciate everything you have in your life. Appreciate the value of natural places like this. Appreciate that you are alive.

~ Patti Jewel