Have a Safe Anna Maria Island Beach Experience

Whether you are staying in one of our 140+ Anna Maria vacation rentals or you’re one of our island neighbors, we want you to have a wonderful, safe beach experience.  The last thing you want is an emergency spoiling your fun.  Here are some tips:

  • Obey the rules, flags, and lifeguard instructions.  Beach warning flags notifying swimmers of current water conditions can be found at the lifeguard stations at Anna Maria Island beaches.
  • Learn how to swim in the surf as it is not the same a pool or calm lake
  • Learn about rip currents before entering the water
  • If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until free from the current
  • Swim near a lifeguard
  • Swim with a buddy
  • Don’t swim within 100 feet of piers or jetties
  • Don’t rely solely on flotation devices
  • Keep kids within your reach especially in the water
  • Don’t dive into the water
  • Alcohol and water activities don’t mix
  • Don’t exhaust yourself – Take frequent breaks
  • Call or wave for help if in trouble
  • Don’t bring glass containers to the beach
  • Don’t feed the birds
  • For stranded or injured wildlife, call for help and don’t touch
  • Don’t become a lobster, use sunscreen reapplying it throughout the day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Respect others around you




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