Tourists feel safe coming to South Walton
When it comes to sun, sand and surf, many think there's no place like the Gulf Coast.
After being quarantined at home for weeks on end, tourists are flocking back to the beaches.
"We were just cooped up for so long, we were ready to get out," said tourist Brandy Rose.
According to a recent study by Visit South Walton, the percentage of consumers who feel it’s safe to travel now has doubled since late April.
"It’s amazing, it’s just fun to be on the white sand and be with our family," said Josh Fernberg, a tourist from Texas.
Visit South Walton also said the people they surveyed want to go to destinations that are prioritizing safety.
"Yesterday they were gloved up and masked up, some of them had the clear face coverings, so they're taking precautions," said Rose.
Private beaches are also making sure people social distance.
"They’re still trying to take precautions, on the beach you can only go a certain time where we're staying," said Fernberg.
People going to the regional beach access points say they still feel safe.
"I think people were social distancing as they should be... no one was kicking sand in my face," said Ben Boatman, a visitor from Nashville.
Ultimately people agreed, they needed a beach vacation after the last few months.
The survey also found that people who have visited South Walton before are more likely to come back after COVID-19.