Swimming: be aware of tide conditions before swimming. For very detailed information on the Florida Coastal Management Program download the Beach Warning Flags Program (PDF).
Sunshine: wear Lots of Sunscreen. Apply sunscreen approximately 30 minutes before being in the sun (for best results) so that it can be absorbed by the skin and less likely to wash off when you perspire. Remember to reapply sunscreen after swimming or strenuous exercise. Apply sunscreen often throughout the day if you work outdoors, and wear hats and protective clothing.
AC: Please close all windows and doors while operating the air conditioner. Humidity causes the air conditioner to work harder to reduce the temperature and can freeze up the unit.
Preserving Nature: If you find live crabs, fish, starfish, sand dollars or other underwater life forms, observe them, then put them back. Only take home empty shells. Enjoy your trip to the beach. Be sure to discuss water safety with your kids before going.
Please don't Walk on the Sand Dunes!: Excessive human or vehicle traffic and construction activities destroys vegetation that holds a dune in place. Sand dunes are built by sand that blows into vegetated areas on the beach. Dunes act as barriers to winds and waves, protecting homes and businesses. During storms and hurricanes, dune sands wash into the Gulf, reducing the energy of storm waves. To provide natural protection, sand dunes must be preserved. Please stay out of the sand dunes and sea oats, using public beach walkovers instead. Beach walkovers prevent foot traffic that destroys fragile dune plants, which anchor the sand dunes during storms. Most structures are made of wood and act as bridge around or over the dune. Please use our beach walkovers to help preserve our sand dune barrier system, and enjoy the Emerald Coast's unsurpassed beauty.
Sea Turtles Need Our Help, Too: Sea turtles nest on Gulf beaches between April and November. Due to human exploration and habitat destruction, sea turtles are threatened with extinction. The female turtle usually comes ashore at night to lay her eggs in the sand. In two or three hours she will lay about 120 eggs, yet only one turtle per nest will survive to adulthood. Avoid disturbing a turtle that is crawling to or from the water. Avoid crowding around a nesting turtle and do not shine lights in her eyes or take flash pictures.
Sea Turtles Are Protected by Law: All sea turtles are protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act and Florida State Law. It is illegal to kill or harm sea turtles. It is also illegal to disturb the nest of a sea turtle. Heavy fines and possible imprisonment may result.
Your Beach Survival Kit: Here are a few things you might need for the beach...
- lip balm
- first aid kit
- beach umbrella
- chairs and blankets
- sand toys
- Nerf football or Frisbee
- goggles or masks
- life jackets
- towels (and extras)
- water/swim shoes
- waterproof disposable camera