In 2005, the State of Florida adopted and enacted into law the Beach Flag Warning System. This is the flag system you see across the Beaches of Destin.
Safety is always the first priority. It is extremely important to monitor the beach flag warning system. Dangerous rip currents may exist in the water, but provide no visible indication from shore; i.e. large waves. This is especially true on our 26 miles of beach.
Flag colors are determined by the most dangerous surf or rip conditions within the county's beaches and the appropriate color flag or flags are flown at each beach access. Therefore, the conditions at the beach where you are visiting may appear less dangerous than the beach flags that are flying.
The Destin Beach Safety Division is constantly monitoring the water conditions and weather forecast to provide the most accurate and timely water and surf information possible. Please remember to use caution at all times.
DOUBLE RED FLAG:
It's mean, that the water is closed to the public. And It means water conditions are dangerous and it's not worth risking it.
It means, high hazards such as high surf and/or strong currents. and this is the most serious of all beach warning flags.red flags warn swimmers of severe hazards in the water. You should use extreme cautions and go on the Water only If You are an keen swimmer.
When ocean conditions are rough, but not life-threatening, you might see a yellow flag on the beach. And this indicates potentially high surf or dangerous currents and undertows and means that swimmers should exercise extreme caution.
Green Flag indicate a low hazard with calm conditions. This doesn't make the water safe; You must be careful and look for area where a lifeguard is present.
Purple Flag indicate a hazard from dangerous marine life, such as a high concentration of poisonous jellies, stingrays, or sharks. And Purple flags are used in conjunction with a red, yellow, or green flag that indicates the current surf/current conditions.