Double Red Beach Flags


So you’ve driven 1,000,000 miles to get to the Emerald Coast and it seems like you’ve spent about $1,000,000 on lodging, beach toys, and restaurants only to find that the beach flags are Double Red.If you see two red flags flying at the beach it does not mean Roll Tide! Double Red beach flags mean that the water is dangerous and closed to the public. If you ignore the flags and go in anyway the least that can happen to you is a hefty ticket and the worst is death.

Don’t be stupid! Your life, and those of your loved ones, is worth a lot more than whatever you paid to vacation or buy a house here! Do NOT go in the water!

I am compiling a list of things to do when there is a Double Red flag. Please add your suggestions to the list in the comments section.

20 Things to Do When the Beach Flags are Double Red

1.) Have a picnic at the beach, just stay out of the water. You can still walk, read, and play frisbee.

2.) Go bird watching. Choctawhatchee Audubon can give you ideas on good places to go.

3.) Walton Outdoors always has an extensive list of fun outdoor activities.

4.) Visit the Biophilia Center.

5.) Even if you can’t go in the water the Emerald Coast has a ton of interesting state parks to explore.

6.) Visit the Air Force Armament Museum.

7.) Both Walton and Okaloosa counties have many excellent parks to visit

8.) Go fishing

9.) Go for a bike ride on the 30-A bike path aka the Timpoochee Trail

10.) The Florida National Scenic Trail also runs through the area

11.) Check out the state forest trails

12.) Visit the library

13.) Go get an Eglin AFB recreation pass and enjoy the natural wonders on the Eglin Reserve

14.) If you are a diver and the seas are too rough for your charter consider some of our unique freshwater springs. You can find a searchable database of local dive spots here.

15. Vist Baytowne Wharf on the Sandestin Resort property.

16.) If it’s early on Saturday: visit the Farmer’s Market in Seaside

17.) Go to the zoo. We now have two: one in Crestview and one in Gulf Breeze

18.) Visit the Silver Sands Outlets

19.) Stop by Cypress Cattle Company’s store on 331 and pick up some fresh local shrimp, crawfish, or grass-fed beef and local veggies and have a cook out!

20.) Visit the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola


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