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.0

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 here. To 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 10x10 are permitted on county owned or maintained beaches and 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