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5 Essential Tips For Your Forgotten Coast Beach Vacation

By Forgotten Coast Web Team | April 1, 2024

St. George Island Florida State Park

Are you gearing up for an unforgettable beach getaway along the serene shores of the Forgotten Coast? Before you soak up the sun and dive into the coastal waters, here are five indispensable beach safety tips to keep in mind:

Stay Informed with Beach Flag Warnings and Rip Currents:

When you arrive at our pristine beaches, pay attention to the color-coded beach flags that indicate surf conditions. You can spot these flags at convenient locations such as:

  • 2 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, FL 32328
  • 1860 West Highway 98, Carrabelle, FL 32322
  • 1336 Alligator Drive, Alligator Point, FL 32346

Additionally, you can stay updated via the Forgotten Coast website, the Forgotten Coast mobile app, or tune in to Oyster Radio for real-time updates on water conditions. Remember, your safety is paramount, so always heed the warnings and swim responsibly.

Guard Against Sun Exposure:

With Florida’s sunny summers, safeguard yourself against UV rays by bringing along shade essentials like tents or umbrellas. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen or wear UV-block clothing to protect your skin. Stay hydrated with plenty of water, and when you need a reprieve from the heat, retreat to one of our local restaurants for shade and refreshments.

Be Weather-Wise:

Weather along the coast can be unpredictable. If you notice thunder rumbling, lightning flashing, or a storm brewing, seek shelter. Remember, Franklin County has no shortage of indoor activities to keep you entertained during inclement weather.

Respect Wildlife:

Encounter marine life responsibly by being mindful. If stung by a jellyfish, ease the discomfort with vinegar or another non-freshwater solution. Be cautious of stingrays in shallow waters from May to October, and practice the “Stingray Shuffle” to avoid unpleasant encounters. In case of a sting, soaking the affected area in hot water can alleviate pain. If symptoms persist or escalate, seek medical attention promptly.

Adhere to Beach Regulations:

Familiarize yourself with Franklin County ordinances, including the importance of clearing personal belongings and filling in holes before leaving the beach. To maintain our pristine shoreline, ensure pets are leashed and clean up after them. Mindful parking is key, as unauthorized parking may result in towing or citations. Respect beach flag warnings, avoid bringing glass containers, and, above all, prioritize safety for an enjoyable beach experience.

Ready to embark on a beach adventure like no other? Plan your trip now and discover the unparalleled beauty of our award-winning beaches. Remember to cherish the ocean, respect the weather, and bask in the sun responsibly.

For comprehensive beach safety information visit our Beach Safety page.