Be Safe at the Beach
Beach Safety Tips this Summer
Now that Destin’s beaches are opening back up, it’s important to be as safe as possible at the beach. Not only does this include adhering to social distancing rules (staying six feet apart and gathering in groups of no more than 10 people), but it also means wearing your sunscreen, knowing the colors of the flags, and watching out for rip currents and jellyfish. Just follow our beach safety tips this summer for a relaxing trip!
- Practice social distancing!¬†Although the beaches are opening back up, the CDC still recommends limiting groups to no more than 10 people and staying six feet apart from other groups. Destin’s beaches are open from dawn to dusk each day, so visit the beaches safely and planning for ad different time if it looks too crowded.
- Pay attention to the flags! If you aren’t sure what the color of each flag means, ask the lifeguard on duty. “Red” means dangerous surf, so stay out of the water! In some cases, it can also mean the beach is closed. “Yellow” warns beach-goers that the water is rough, and to swim with caution. “Green” is good to go! However, when you see “purple,” that means potentially dangerous sea life – think jellyfish and sharks – have been spotted nearby or are in the water.
- Stay hydrated!¬†It may sound like common sense, but bringing¬†a few bottles of water to the beach on a hot, sunny day will save you from dehydration.
- Watch the waves!¬†Rough waves don’t make for a good time. Be careful not to turn your back on the waves, as you can get slapped with a pretty nasty one! Additionally, watching out for rip tides and strong currents can help you avoid getting pulled under.
- Wear SPF! We’re sure your mom has told you time and time again, but she’s not wrong: wear your SPF! That tan won’t be so cool down the road when it leads to skin cancer. Slather on any sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher – don’t forget your face, too! While you’re at it, double up on your beach shade with floppy hats and large umbrellas.
- Don’t forget your shoes!¬†While it may be tempting to keep your toes buried in the sand, we can all agree that scorching-hot sand doesn’t feel so great. Always bring a pair of shoes to the beach (we recommend flip flops!) to keep your soles cool when the sand isn’t.