Beach Walkway in Dune Allen - South Walton, Florida
Learn Beach Safety to Hit the Beach Safely

To make sure the beach is here to enjoy for a long time, learn to protect yourself and the natural splendor of the beach while you enjoy it. Check beach flags before entering the water, remember what you should and shouldn't do on the beach and take note of miscellaneous safety and accessibility tips to get the most out of your experience.

Beach Flags

The beach flag system is straightforward – a system of colored flags quickly communicates current conditions on the beach. The wonders of technology also allow you to receive updates by text (text "FLAG" to 31279) or by visiting SWFD.org. Familiarize yourself with their meaning:

  • Double Red Flag – Water Closed
  • Red Flag – High Hazard
  • Yellow Flag – Moderate Surf/Currents
  • Green Flag – Calm Conditions
  • Purple Flag – Dangerous Marine Life
  • White/Blue Flag – Temporary Technical Issues (Text "SAFETY" to 31279 to remain up to date on flag conditions)

Beach Rules

The rules of the beach are similarly straightforward:

  • Leave the beach cleaner than you found it. No glass containers may be brought on the beach, and please don't litter!
  • Obey beach flag warnings. Now that you know what they mean, just follow their instructions.
  • Stay off the dunes! They're incredibly important to the local ecosystem, and it's crucial that we preserve them for future generations.
  • Permits are required to have dogs, vehicles or bonfires on the beach.
  • Bring all your possessions with you when you leave – if you leave anything on the beach overnight, it will be discarded.
  • Leave all sand, water and beach vegetation where it is, and let others enjoy it, too.

Lifeguards and Beach Accessibility

Lifeguards provided by the South Walton Fire District are available mid-March through September, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at regional public beach accesses, including: Inlet Beach, Santa Clara, Van Ness Butler, Jr., Blue Mountain, Gulfview Heights, Ed Walline, Dune Allen and Miramar Beach.

Beach wheelchairs, operated by lifeguards, are available at Pompano Joe's (Miramar Beach), Ed Walline (Santa Rosa Beach) and Bramble Grove (Seagrove) from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily through lifeguard season.