Warning Flags: Stay Safe on the Vallarta · Nayarit Beaches

Jorge Chávez
Jul. 26, 2022

On many occasions, when arriving at the beach, on the sand you can see a flag that indicates the conditions of the sea, as well as the cautions must be followed by any visitor in order to avoid a situation.

Green, yellow and red are intuitive colors, but there are two other warning flags that often go unnoticed.

With the aim to guarantee an enjoyable experience on the Puerto Vallarta and/or Riviera Nayarit beaches, we share the meaning of each of the warning flags that can be placed on our destination’s beaches.

Keep in mind that absence of flags does not assure safe waters.

· Green Flag
Low Hazard
Calm conditions, exercise caution.

· Yellow Flag
Medium Hazard
Moderate surf and/or currents.

· Red Flag
High Hazard
High surf and/or strong currents.

· Purple Flag
Dangerous Marine Life
Presence of dangerous marine life in the area.

· Black Flag
Water Closed to Public
Pretty bad conditions of the sea and sand.

Finally, keep in mind that, in any situation, the best is to call to 911.


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