Fun Facts, Safety and Getting Around
Getting Around on Land:
- Day Tripper Express – Off Island Transportation
- Jolley Trolley
- Florida Free Ride
- Segway- A great way to get around the island
- Scooter and Bike Rentals are available throughout the island
- Taxi’s and Car Services Available
Getting Around by Sea:
- Paddle board, kayak
- Boat Tours
- Charter Boats
- Jet Ski Rentals
Flag Warning System: Having a great time on the beach is what you are here to do. Understanding the “Flag Warning System” is essential to your safety. Green: Low Hazard, conditions are favorable for swimming. Yellow- Medium hazard- exercise caution. Red- High hazard-swim at your own risk. Red over Red-Water closed to public use. Purple- dangerous marine life present
Rip Current: It is a strong, localized, and rather narrow current of water, a rip current (or rip tide) is strongest near the surface of the water, and it moves directly away from the shore, cutting through the lines of breaking waves. This can cause danger if not approached correctly. (1.) Don’t fight the current (2) Swim out of the current to shore (3) If you can’t escape, float or tread water (4) If you need help, call out or wave for assistance. Before entering the water you should know how to swim and don’t swim alone.
Fun Florida Facts – Sea Life:
Manatees: During the winter months, manatees head for warm water and can be found in places such as springs and power plant discharges. Manatees are gentle and move slowly. They can be found in shallow, slow moving waters. Tip: It is illegal to hunt, capture or disturb any manatee. Please do not feed our manatee.
Dolphins: At any time, dolphins can be spotted in our waters. Dolphins swim in groups (pods) and can travel with up to 100 at a time. Dolphins breathe through their blowholes and communicate with moans, whistles and squeaks. Playful and fun, you may see dolphins jumping through the waves. Tip: Dolphins are very social but can also be aggressive and unpredictable.
Sea Turtles: Turtle nesting season is May through October. The preferred nesting atmosphere is dark and quiet. Areas of the beach will be marked when nesting is active. Local guides know where and how to spot them. Sometimes, hundreds of babies follow their Mother out to sea. Tip: If you are in a nesting area, pick up any litter you may see. Sea turtle may confuse hazardous items such as plastic bags and bottles as food. Never feed or touch the turtles and picking up, removing or keeping turtle eggs is against the law.
Mangroves: You will see mangroves all over the State of Florida. They protect against erosion, wind and storm damage and provide a protected sanctuary for fish and shellfish. Many find shelter in the roots of the mangroves and are nesting area for coastal and wading birds.
Stingray Shuffle: Stingrays come to the beach to enjoy the temperatures. To avoid being stung, enter the water shuffling your feet. This motion encourages them to swim away. If you are stung, go to the lifeguard for assistance.