Mojácar Beach Rules
Contrary to popular belief, in order to preserve the beautiful Beaches of Mojácar, to promote safety and to ensure all users can enjoy them, there are RULES that should be observed for the benefit of everyone.
Signal flags on the beaches:
- Green: Safe bathing conditions.
- Yellow: Bathing with caution.
- Red: Swimming prohibited.
NOTE: MORE than 200 people have drowned in Spain in 2015 according to a recent report by the Spanish Royal Federation for Rescue and Lifesaving. 83 of those deaths happened in July, compared to 32 during July 2014. Andalucia was one of the regions with the highest number of drownings this July. Spain typically sees more than 400 drowning deaths each year, the majority of them happening in areas without lifesaving services or when Red Flags were ignored.
Although the 17km Beaches of Mojácar are relatively calm, high winds can create much larger waves and currents, even Rip Tides in certain areas and visitors to the Beach should check for Flags before entering the Sea and look to see if a Lifeguard is on Duty. If it is outside of the Lifeguard Area or Season, make sure when you swim someone is on the beach that can see you so that if you do get into trouble, the alarm can be raised.
The following article from the “Costa News” website shows exactly the DANGERS of ignoring the Red Flags – Mojacar Bather Drowns – three more dragged out of Sea , For one family, a tragedy, for three other families a lucky escape, but let’s not forget the effect this can have on the public and the Emergency Services risking their own lives to effect Rescues and the long term effects they may suffer when sadly they are too late to save a life.
General Rules on the beaches:
- Animals are not permitted on the beaches.
- Please don´t leave litter on the beach: use the bins.
- Respect, seek help and notify the lifeguards if you think anyone is in trouble.
- You can not dump waste in the sea
- You can not bring alcoholic beverages and glass and other materials that may cause harm to other beach users.
- Camping on the beach is not allowed. Please use campsites or other accommodation.
- Camp Fires or BBQ’s are not allowed unless part of an Organised Licenced Event.
- Watch children closely.
- You can not use the showers with soap or cleaning detergent as this pollutes the Beach and the Sea.
- Fishing is permitted between 8 pm and 10 am. Please do not leave hazardous items behind: hooks, floats, lines, etc…
Lifeguards on the beaches:
Depending on seasonal changes, tides and winds, there may be some variation in the beaches and sea access incline.
Bathing season runs from 15th June to 15th September. During this period the lifeguard service operates daily from 11am-7pm.
Outside this season there are no lifeguard and rescue services. swimming outside of Lifeguard covered times and locations should be exercised with caution. Many areas of the Beaches can be subject to strong undercurrents and rip tides and observation of Flags are important.