4. When you visit our beaches, take nothing but pictures and leave only footprints. Always clean up after yourself, and don’t forget your beach chairs and towels. Keeping our beaches clean is vital to maintaining their beauty. Anything left after sunset will be removed and disposed of by our beach patrol.
5. Observe and obey the Beach Warning Flag System. Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a helpful Beach Warning Flag System with color-coded flags to let you know about current water conditions, so you can avoid dangerous situations and rip currents and stay safe in the water. Each city also offers a hotline to call if you don’t see a flag where you are staying.
For current conditions in Gulf Shores, dial 251-968-SURF (7873). For current conditions in Orange Beach, dial 251-981-SURF (7873).
A text messaging program is also available, which sends daily messages about beach conditions and warning flag status. Sign up by texting ALBEACHES to 888777. At the end of your stay, you can easily opt-out from these text alerts by texting STOP.
- Yellow Flag: Medium hazard with moderate surf conditions.
- Purple Flag: Dangerous marine life is present.
- Red Flag: High hazard with high surf and strong currents.
- Double Red Flag: Water closed to the public. Please be aware when a double red flag is flying water conditions are not safe for swimming. We suggest enjoying the sand or pool.
Ready to hit the beach? Start planning your trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!