Florida Warnings and Dangers
Beautiful Florida is home to some of the world’s most popular amusement parks and humming city of Miami. It’s also home to dangerous animals like alligators and regularly gets hit by hurricanes.
Keep in mind that even the loveliest Florida beach poses dangers.
Officials in charge of the coast have developed a flag system to let you know about dangers. Even if the beach isn’t closed, you need to be mindful when you see a red or orange flag. Both flags indicate conditions that include dangerous rip currents that can pose a drowning hazard. If you see a purple flag, this means there’s some dangerous marine life out there like jellyfish so watch your step in the water.
Winters can get colder than you think. Bring a jacket for colder nights if you’re headed here during the winter months. If you’re in Florida during the summer, keep in mind it also gets hotter than you think. Brush up on the symptoms of heatstroke. Always have water with you. The intense humidity can sap heat from your body more quickly than you might imagine. Look for shady areas where you can escape the sun. From July to October is hurricane season. If you’re here during this time, do exactly as you’re told and leave as soon as possible in the event of a warning.
Gators, Sharks, and Snakes
Florida is a wild place even in some of the urban areas. Many species of alligator make their home here. Gators are dangerous. They will attack if disturbed. Small children have been dragged underwater and drowned. Be cautious around gators. Leave them alone. Sharks are another hazard in the waters. If you see a fin, get out of the water as soon as possible. Snakes are also a common problem in this state. You’ll find them on land and in the water. Do not touch one.
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
The hot climate make Florida a buggy place. Be prepared with proper mosquito repellant so you don’t turn into a bug’s lunch. Children also need to be protected. If they’re outside, they should have bug spray before they leave.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings or dangers in Florida.