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Play it Safe
The beaches within Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Gulf State Park have adopted the following flag system to alert beachgoers of surf conditions. Flags are posted at all public beach areas and conditions are monitored throughout each day. Please remember that the absence of red flags does not assure safe conditions. On Gulf Shores city beaches, it is illegal to enter the water when the double red flag is being flown.

Water Closed to Public


High Hazard

(High Surf and/or Strong Currents)


Medium Hazard

(Moderate Surf and/or Currents)

Low Hazard

(Calm Conditions, Exercise Caution)


Dangerous Marine Life

For current conditions in Gulf Shores, dial 251-968-TIDE (8433).

For current conditions in Orange Beach, dial 251-981-SURF (7873).