Orange Beach Summer Safety Tips for the Beach

Eva Faircloth - May 06, 2024

Blue skies, sun-warmed sand, cool Gulf waves – nothing says “summer” like some quality beach time on the Alabama Gulf Coast. On the other hand, nothing ruins a summer beach day like a painful sunburn or a bad belly flop – or, even worse, a swimming scare.

Here at Turquoise Place in Orange Beach, we know the secret to a flawless summer getaway is smart beach safety (and a luxurious condo just steps from the sand.) We want your stay with us to be as safe as it is spectacular, turning moments into cherished memories without any unwelcome surprises. To ensure you enjoy your best summer vacay yet, let’s dive into some essential tips that will guard your wellbeing as you bask in the bliss of our beautiful beaches.

1. Don’t Skip the Sunscreen

While sun tanning may make you feel like a bronzed god or goddess, skin safety takes the crown. Remember, we don’t mean “soak in the sun” literally! Protect your youthful glow from harmful UV rays to reduce the risk of sunburn and cancer. Make sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher a beach day staple – apply a generous amount 15 minutes before hitting the beach and reapply every two hours, or after a dip in the Gulf—whichever comes first!

2. Stay Hydrated

Sipping on something cool isn’t just for the poolside. Staying hydrated is crucial, especially under the scorching Alabama Gulf Coast sun. Keep a water bottle handy and take hydration breaks often, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which can cause dehydration.

3. Seek Shade – Especially at High Noon

The summer sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm, otherwise known as “peak heat hours”. If you’re sensitive to heat, take a shaded break during this time to relax and refuel somewhere cool. You can rent a beach chair set to shade your stretch of sand, or book one of our Gulf-front cabanas for a private indoor space by the main resort pool.

Symptoms of heat stroke include a fever over 103, a racing heart, flushed skin, nausea and vomiting. If you suspect heat stroke, seek a cool area and call 911 immediately.

4. BEach SAFE: Know Before You Go

Beach and surf conditions change daily, and even the sunniest days can have hidden surprises. That’s why it’s so important to know the current beach conditions before you sink those toes in the sand! BEach SAFE, a county-wide campaign created in 2022 to spread awareness about beach safety, makes staying informed a breeze with easy access to the daily beach report, general safety tips and other resources.

  • Check beach, weather and surf conditions daily.
  • Know and heed the Beach Warning Flags.

Moderate Hazard, use caution.

High Hazard, swimming is not advised.

Double Red:
Water Closed to Public, no swimming.

Dangerous marine life is present.

  • Note the seasonal lifeguard locations (March – September).
  • Learn how to spot and escape rip currents safely.

To learn more, visit our blog on Beach Safety 101 in Orange Beach.

5. Swim Safely

The Gulf is inviting, but respect is key. Remember, swimming in the Gulf is much different than swimming in a pool. Know your limitations, stick close to shore, and never swim alone.

  • If you aren’t an experienced swimmer, don’t go in the water.
  • If you do go in, keep your head above water and stay in sight of the shore at all times.
  • Watch children closely, even in shallow water.
  • Avoid swimming near piers, pilings, and platforms. Do not swim in areas being used for fishing.
  • Be extra cautious when the water is murky – sharks, fish and jellies call our beaches home, too!

6. Listen for Thunder

As the locals say, “when thunder roars, go indoors.” Lightning often strikes miles outside of a visible storm, especially here on the Gulf Coast. Summer thunderstorms are frequent and fast-moving, and you don’t want to be caught unaware near the water. If you hear thunder, seek shelter indoors until 30 minutes after you hear the last rumble. (Here are some rainy beach day ideas to get you inspired.)

Remember, a little caution goes a long way towards sea-curing a great beach vacation – and so does booking your stay at Turquoise Place. With luxurious beachfront condos and five-star amenities just steps from our sugar-white sands, we can help en-shore your summer in Orange Beach is as carefree as it is fun. Book your stay now!