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This brochure from Volusia County offers information on where you can find traffic-free beach areas in the Daytona Beach area, as well as off beach parking near them. These traffic free beach areas are where many families visit, so they don't have to worry about the kids around traffic. If you are looking for a pet friendly beach area, you can take leashed pets to Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet, and Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smryna Beach.
Keep beach flag warning signs in mind and know what they mean. As you enter the beach you will usually see the colored warning signs, which are used to let people know the condition of the water.
Here's the breakdown of the Florida beach safety flags and what you need to know:
- Double red flags mean that the beach is closed to the public.
- A single red flag indicates there is a high hazard and that there is a high surf and/or strong currents.
- A yellow flag mean there is a medium hazard and the currents and surf are considered medium.
- The green flag indicates there is a low hazard and conditions are calm.
- A purple flag means there is dangerous marine life (e.g., jellyfish, sharks, etc.).
If you see the purple flag up, ask a beach attendant, lifeguard, or beach patrol officer what it's for. It may be to indicate jelly fish, or even that there has been a shark bite anywhere in Volusia County. It's always a good idea to know what to watch for. Keeping a bottle of vinegar in your beach bag can help in the event of a jelly sting. Just pour the vinegar over the area of the sting and it will usually take the pain away. You can also ask a lifeguard or beach patrol for assistance. Also, try to swim near a lifeguard, and be sure to use sunscreen.
Find additional info on beaches in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Ponce Inlet, including all beaches in Volusia County here.