Health & Safety


For more beach health and safety resources scroll down.

Beach Safety Flags:



You won’t usually see green flags flying in Walton County due to the almost constant threat of rip currents. Yellow flags are almost universally flown in calm conditions.

Speaking of counties: KNOW WHERE YOU ARE! This is useful for safety, beach closures, weather alerts, and other beach-related alerts. I know the developers do their best to make it confusing so I will help.

This is a general map of what is considered “the Emerald Coast”. Pensacola and Mexico Beach may also be included but for the purposes of this discussion please refer to this:

Everything from Miramar Beach east is Walton or Bay County. Sandestin is in Walton County. Everything west of Miramar Beach is Okaloosa County. More specifically: if you are west of Emerald Bay Drive (off Highway 98) or you have reached Captain Dave’s driving west on Scenic 98 you are in Destin in Okaloosa County.

Please note that Destin and Santa Rosa Beach are municipalities (although Santa Rosa Beach is unincorporated). The beach-side communities listed in smaller font are mostly developments, not actual towns.

Here is a map of the beach communities on 30-A, which are in Walton County, which is not Destin:

Here are some more useful links:

Beach Water Quality-Okaloosa

Beach Water Quality-Walton

Beach Webcams-sometimes these will give you an idea of local conditions in South Walton

Coast Guard-Destin

Florida DEP

Florida FWC

Florida State Parks

International Shark Attack File

Local Heat Index

Local UV Index

Marine Forecast

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

PCB Beach Cam-sometimes these will give you an idea of local conditions in Panama City Beach

Swell Info-Destin

South Walton Fire Department

Walton County Beach Ordinances I

Walton County Beach Ordinances II

Walton County Sheriff’s Office

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