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Coronavirus Tips For Your Vacation

Updated January 15, 2021

OUR BEACHES ARE OPEN and we're welcoming guests back to the beach. The health and safety of our guests, clients and staff remain a top priority for the team at Newman-Dailey. Our clean, sanitized private vacation rentals are a safe option for taking a South Walton and Destin beach vacation.

Newman-Dailey has instituted enhanced sanitization and cleaning practices and procedures for all of our vacation rentals, which includes an extended time between stays for sanitization and cleaning of each vacation rental.


In addition, Florida has moved into Phase 3 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s COVID-19 recovery. Masks are encouraged, and at some businesses, including grocery stores, masks are required. Restaurants have reopened at 100% capacity inside and no limits on outdoor seating. Some entertainment businesses are continuing to operate at 50% capacity. 


Area beaches are open with social distancing requirements. County and state officials are directing beachgoers to follow CDC recommended protocols to prevent spreading Corona Virus to others.


Our team is available to answer questions about the area's beaches and businesses as well as our new procedures and our updated booking/cancellation policies for 2021.


For Walton County beaches, Visit South Walton provides information and updates for travelers on their COVID-19 Travel Update page.

For Destin and Okaloosa Island beaches, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Visitor Bureau has created a COVID-19 Travel Update page with information on the status of beaches, parks and restaurants located in Okaloosa County. 

Local events and gatherings are beginning to resume so be sure to check event websites and Facebook pages for updates. 

For the most up to date information, visit the CDC information page as well as the Florida Department of Health for the latest news and updates.

For healthy travelers, here are our suggestions on ways to protect your family and enjoy a Destin vacation:

Travel by car and limit contact with other travelers.

This seems obvious but the less contact you and your loved ones have with others during your travels to the beach the better. Avoiding crowded airports, oversold airplanes and high traffic rest stops, which are a hub for germs, is highly recommended.

Wash hands regularly.

This is one of those times when washing your hands frequently is a good thing. The CDC recommends travelers wash their hands often with soap and water or at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid crowded accommodations / Stay in a private vacation rental home.

By reducing your contact with others, you’ll reduce the chances of being exposed to Corornavirus. Therefore, when it is safe for healthy families to travel, a private South Walton or Destin vacation rental home is a great choice. Rental homes provide more space and a private setting for you and your group to relax and enjoy your vacation with limited public contact. In a vacation rental home, families can avoid eating in busy restaurants by preparing meals at home in the home’s fully-stocked kitchen.

Purchase travel insurance to protect your vacation.

We have confirmed that Newman-Dailey’s Travel Insurance provider, Red Sky, will cover cancellation or interruption in your vacation stay if a member of the traveling party contracts Coronavirus and you supply a doctor’s note. In addition, Red Sky also provides emergency assistance service and emergency roadside service as part of your coverage.

Book your vacation and travel with confidence.

We are encouraging families to book their beach vacations now and travel with confidence. We have relaxed our deposit schedule with final payment due 15 days prior to arrival. Click here for details on our COVID-19 Cancellation Policies. 

We will continue to update this blog with any new information on how this virus is impacting our area and will continue to direct guests to CDC page for the latest news and information.

To find the perfect vacation rental home or condominium view our collection of rentals online or call one of our friendly vacation specialists during normal business hours at 1-800-225-7652. Remember to always book direct for our best rate guarantee.

See you @ the beach!

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