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Beach Warning Flags

Stay safe. Know the beach flags.

When swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, safety should be your top priority. In beaches along the Panhandle, color-coded beach flags are in place to keep the public aware of sea conditions at all times. Remember, double red means stay out of the water - you could be arrested or face stiff fines for ignoring this warning! But most importantly, ignoring a Double Red Flag warning could cost you or your loved ones your lives. So stay aware, follow the rules, and have fun on our gorgeous Florida beaches!


Double Red - Danger! Water Closed to Public. Stay on shore.
Single Red - High Hazard, High Surf and/or Strong Currents
Yellow - Medium Hazard, Moderate Surf and/or Currents
Green - Low Hazard, Calm Conditions, Exercise Caution
Purple - Dangerous Marine Life (Usually Jellyfish)
*Absence of Beach Flags Does Not Assure Safe Waters.


On Double Red Flag days during the summer airplane banners may be flown alerting those on our beaches to the conditions. There are fines in place if you enter the water on Double Red Flag warnings.

Be aware that conditions in the Gulf of Mexico are constantly changing. Watch the flag colors at all times and use good judgment to determine whether it's safe to enter the water. The beach flags are there for your protection, so keep an eye on them and heed their warning.

Text Alerts
  • PCB - Text "PCBFLAGS" to 888777
  • 30A - Text "FLAG" to 31279