Gulf Islands National Seashore offers many miles of shoreline for swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico and other bodies of water. During the summer season (mid-May through August) lifeguards may be on duty at Opal Beach in the Santa Rosa Area, Langdon Beach in the Fort Pickens Area, Johnson Beach in the Perdido Key Area, and the designated swim beach on the south shore of Ship Island. In other areas and at times when lifeguards are not present swim at your own risk.
Beach Warning Flags:
In the park's Florida areas, beach warning flags are displayed at entrance stations and at many beach access points. Link to today's flag report.
Last updated: April 27, 2022