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Beach Safety and Security


As with any ocean beach area it is important to be careful.


In Manuel Antonio the beaches generally have a very gentle slope and the beaches are very wide - especially Playa Espadilla. Be aware though that even a gentle sloping beach with relatively small waves has rip currents. These currents are most frequent at high tide - so it is very important to be extra careful then. What follows are some tips to keep in mind in the unlikely event of being caught in a rip current.


Know before you go. Check local beach forecasts before you head to the beach, and always swim near lifeguards. Look for any warning signs or flags. If you're unsure about conditions, ask a lifeguard. And know how to swim before you venture in.

If you do happen to be caught in a rip current, stay calm. It won't pull you under - it'll just pull you away from shore. If you try to fight the rip current and swim against it, you'll just get worn out. Instead - float!

If you can, wave and yell to get the attention of lifeguards and people on shore to let them know you need help.

If you're a good swimmer, swim parallel to shore until you've cleared the pull of the rip current. Swim with the waves, allowing them to push you to shore.

If you can, wave and yell to get the attention of lifeguards and people on shore to let them know you need help.

If you're on shore and see someone in trouble in a rip current do not go in after them. Instead - call for help! If a lifeguard is not available, throw in something that floats or extend a reaching object, but don't try to be a hero and make the rescue yourself. Even trained lifeguards only attempt a rescue using a flotation device.

Rip currents can be dangerous, but if you know your options, survey your situation, and stay calm, you can stay safe and continue to have fun in the surf, sand, and sun.


To check on the time of high tides ask at your hotel or vacation villa or click on Playita Magazine at the following link http://gaytourscr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/PLAYITA61.pdf


It is also important to watch your valuables, or better yet never take valuables to the beach.