Surf Flags

Welcome to Pensacola Beach. The sugar-white sand and emerald-colored water of our pristine beaches provide a great place to have fun, but be aware that dangerous currents are sometimes present. It is imperative that you heed the warnings of our flag system. We want you to have fun but please, "Swim Safely."

Surf conditions can be deceiving. There can be dangerous currents even on calm days. Call for the latest surf advisory at Pensacola Beach (932-SURF) and the Gulf Islands National Seashore in the protected areas.

  • Double Red Flag - water closed Double Red: Water closed to public
  • Red Flag - high hazard Red: High hazard, high surf and/or strong currents
  • Yellow Flag - medium hazard Yellow: Medium hazard, moderate surf and/or currents
  • Green Flag - low hazard Green: Low hazard, calm conditions, exercise caution
  • Purple Flag - dangerous marine life Purple: Dangerous marine life

The Gulf of Mexico is beautiful, warm and inviting but can sometimes be hazardous. Where lifeguards are present, please be aware of flags that alert you to conditions of currents.

Rip currents and rapidly changing weather conditions can create dangerous situations if you are unprepared. It’s always safest to swim where lifeguards are present. And never swim alone.

It is always safest to "Swim with the Lifeguards" in the Gulf of Mexico. Have fun but "Swim Safely." Download our Swim Safely postcard.

Emergency Actions and Rip Currents