Beach Rules and Safety

Beach Flag Color Warning System

  • Double Red Flag – Water Closed
  • Red Flag – High Hazard
  • Yellow Flag – Moderate Surf/Currents
  • Green Flag – Calm Conditions
  • Purple Flag – Dangerous Marine Life
  • White/Blue Flag – Temporary Technical Issues – Text “SAFETY” to 31279 to remain up to date on flag conditions**

Get Beach Condition Updates to Your Phone by Text or with the VSW App

For current conditions and flag updates text “FLAG” to 31279* to receive a link or visit

*South Walton Beach Conditions: Message and Data Rates May Apply. Periodic Messaging. For help, text HELP, text STOP to end. For more information, see our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Follow the Walton County Beach Rules

Leave No Trace – Items left on beach overnight will be discarded

Permits Required – Vehicles, dogs and bonfires require permits

  • Learn more about beach bonfires and obtain a beach bonfire permit, click here.
  • To learn about vehicle or dog permits, click here.

Stay Safe – Obey all beach flag warnings

Sea Turtle Season rules, ordinances and laws

Know Before You Go

  • To prevent crowding, no tents larger than 10×10 are permitted on county owned or maintained beaches
  • Tents must be set up on the top 1/3 of the beach
  • Please allow a 15’ setback from dunes and water’s edge for emergency vehicles
  • No glass containers are permitted on the beach
  • No charcoal grills are permitted on the beach
  • Propane grills may be permitted if 225 sq inches (approximately 16″ x 20″)  or smaller
  • Removal of sand, water or vegetation is strictly prohibited
  • Keep off the dunes