What Do Beach Flag Colors Mean?

Staying safe on the beach is a top priority and the colorful beach flags will help you determine whether it is safe to enter the water. 

The beach flags fly in five different colors and are meant to protect you, so keep informed and have fun on our beautiful white sand beaches!

Beach flags

Red Flags

Red flags are the most serious of all beach flags and this warns swimmers of serious hazards.  One red flags means the surf is high or has dangerous currents (or a combination of both).  Double Red flags means the water is closed to swimming – even to the strongest swimmers.

Yellow Flags

Yellow Flags mean ocean conditions are rough but are not life-threatening.  A yellow flag may indicate high surf, dangerous currents, undertows and mean swimmers should exercise caution.

Green Flags

Green Flags are low threat conditions and give and “all-clear” sign to beach goers.  Remember that the ocean is always unpredictable even on days that seem clear and calm hazards still may be present.  The ocean is always unpredictable, and even on clear and calm days, hazards still exist.

Blue and Purple Flags

Blue and Purple Flags mean dangerous marine life have been spotted.  This can include Sharks, jellyfish and other dangerous marine life and can turn a pleasant day at the beach into an unpleasant one.   Blue and Purple Flags can fly alone or may be paired with another color.  Use extreme caution and keep a close watch for dangerous marine life.

Absences of a Beach Flag doe not assure the waters are safe.