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Ocean & Sand Beach Tips

Flagler Beach is known for its pristine, cinnamon colored sand and makes every effort to maintain a safe and enjoyable time for everyone.
Here are the most important things to know when visiting the area:

1. Be very aware of how powerful the Florida sun is-

  • Stay hydrated! Drink a lot of water.
  • Wear sunscreen and RE-APPLY!
  • Bring an umbrella and/or a hat

2. Lifeguards are on duty from 9-6 on weekends October to May, and every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. They are located from 9 Street North to 9th Street South.

3. Obey Posted Signs and Flags: In Flagler Beach our Lifeguards utilize the following flags:

  • Green Flag: Low hazard 
  • Yellow Flag: Medium hazard 
  • Red Flag: Dangerous hazard 
  • Purple Flag: Dangerous marine life, to include jellyfish 

4. Bonfires on the beach are allowed but must follow the following rules:

  • Prohibited between May 1st and October 31st 

To have a fire on the beach, we require you complete a burn permit request within 3 days of your desired fire and abide by the following:

5. Sea Turtle Nesting season runs May 1- October 31 and here's how you can help:

  • Keep outside lights off during season
  • Remove chairs, umbrellas and other gear when leaving the beach
  • Level all sand castles and fill any holes
  • Pick up all trash and dispose properly
  • Remeber- it is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings or injured sea turtles
  • Call the Turtle Patrol at 386-763-0977

6. If you get caught in a rip current- don’t panic or swim against the current

  • Relax, float with the current until it dissipates
  • Swim parallel to shore and back in raising your hand into the air will identify yourself as someone in need of help
  • Stay calm and wait for help to arrive

Of course the best way to avoid a rip current is to know the surf conditions before entering the water. One or more of the following features indicate the presence of a rip current.

  • Darker color surf, indicating deeper water Murky, brown water caused by sand stirred up on the bottom
  • Smaller, unorganized waves alongside more evenly breaking waves over a sand bar
  • Waves breaking further out to sea on both sides of the rip current

If you’re caught in a rip  A video presentation on rip currents entitled “Break the Grip of the Rip!” can be viewed here 

7. Please keep the beach and water clean – pick up after yourself and others to keep Flagler Beach a fun, clean place to be!