South Walton Beach Flags, Rules, and Rip Current Information
The team at My Vacation Haven encourages you to have the best possible vacation. We also want you to have a safe vacation. Visit South Walton has compiled important information about local beach flags, rules, and rip currents on their official website. We have listed some of the information below so you can better prepare before heading to the Emerald Coast.
BEACH FLAG WARNINGS
*Entering the Gulf during double red flag conditions can result in a $500 fine and criminal charges.
Violation of beach rules may result in fines or penalties per Walton County municipal code.
- Leave No Trace. Overnight, unattended items will be removed.
- Glass Containers, camping and charcoal grills are prohibited (Propane grills must be smaller than 225 sq. inches)
- Vehicles, dogs and fires all require permits
- Solicitation prohibited
- Stay off dunes
- Removal of vegetation, sand or Gulf water prohibited
- Please allow a 15 ft setback from dunes and water’s edge for emergency vehicles
- To prevent crowding, tents larger than 10'x10' are prohibited, and all tents are limited to the top 1/2 of open beach. 4-foot walkway between tents, except Grayton Beach.
- No metal shovels allowed. Large holes create dangerous situations for beachgoers and marine life
- Fill in holes dug in sand. Holes cannot be larger than 3 feet x 3 feet and no deeper than 2 feet. Holes cannot be left unattended.
- No littering, nudity, or excessive noise
To view the official South Walton Beach Guide for information and safety, click here.
RIP CURRENT INFORMATION
How to Identify 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
How to Help Someone Caught in a Rip Current
- Notify a lifeguard
- Have someone call 911, give accurate landmarks
- Do not enter the water, you too will be caught in the current
- Throw them a flotation device
- Try not to lose sight of the victim
What To Do If You Are 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
- Of course, the best way to avoid a rip current is to know the surf conditions before entering the water!
- Know the conditions and watch the flags!