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.

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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.

  • Red over Red (two flags flying): Water closed to the public.
  • 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.
Signs with beach safety information as well as flags showing beach conditions

Last updated: April 27, 2022

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1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

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