Beach Rules

Asst. Lieutenants Always check with a Lifeguard before going into the water. Never swim alone and always swim in front of a Lifeguard. If there is not a Lifeguard in your area, you can contact the Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station during business hours for current ocean conditions by calling 904-270-1685.

Dunes & Sea Oats

Apart from their beauty, dunes and sea oats serve a significant role in protecting Jacksonville Beach. The following article, Dunes Must Be Protected to Reduce Flooding (PDF), reprinted from the Beaches Leader, explains why the dunes are essential.

As a reminder, no matter where you are in Jacksonville Beach, sitting, standing, and playing on the sand dunes are unlawful by Florida State Law.

Important Reminders for Beachgoers

The following are enforceable rules and regulations established by the City of Jacksonville Beach to ensure your safety while enjoying our beautiful beach:

Beach Access

  • Access to the beach is to be used by dune crossovers.
  • Keep off the sand dunes and do not pick the sea oats. Florida State Law protects sand dunes and sea oats.

Activities & Equipment

  • No alcoholic beverages or glass bottles are allowed on the beach.
  • Picnicking is allowed on the beach. All food must be removed before leaving.
  • Charcoal and gas grills are not allowed on the beach.
  • Surfers must have their surfboards tethered to one leg while in the water.
  • Jet skis must stay 300 feet off the beach. The operator must use idle speed until you reach that distance.
  • Driving on the beach is strictly prohibited.
  • Jet skis and catamarans can only be launched from the public access areas. These areas are located at Beach Boulevard and 8th Avenue North.
  • Water activity is prohibited when the No Swimming Flag is posted.


  • Dogs are only permitted on the beach before 9 am or after 5 pm from April 1 through September 30. Pets are allowed on the beach at any hour from October 1 through March 31.
  • Dogs must be on a leash and must have a current rabies tag.
  • Dog owners must immediately remove droppings from the beach.
  • Dog owners may not bury droppings in the sand or allow the tide to wash it away.