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Top 5 Things Travelers Need To Know When Visiting Cancun And Mexican Caribbean Beaches For Safety 

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Many tourists who travel to Cancun and other Mexican Caribbean vacation destinations choose the region because it has amazing beaches.   

And there is plenty to do on the beaches, so spending an entire day on one of these stunning pieces of paradise isn’t hard at all.   

Lifeguard Station on a Beach in Cancun, Mexico

But if you’re going to be spending that much time on the beach, it’s important to consider some safety tips. 

Beach Safety 

Whether you plan to just relax and soak up the sun, have some fun at one of the many beach clubs, or experience a snorkeling adventure, beach safety should always be on your mind.   

There are a number of things that you can do to keep yourself safe while enjoying the beaches.   

Here are the top five things travelers need to know when visiting Cancun and Mexican Caribbean beaches for safety:

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Flag System 

The flag system used in Cancun and throughout the Mexican Caribbean will tell you if the beaches are safe for swimming.   

They are the first thing you should look for upon arriving at the beach.  The flag warning system is as follows: 

  • Green Flag – Conditions are safe for swimming. 
  • Yellow Flag – Use caution when swimming. 
  • Red Flag – Conditions require extreme caution. 
  • Black Flag – Dangerous conditions, do not swim! 

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Rip Tides 

Rip tides are another major safety hazard to be aware of when swimming at Mexican Caribbean beaches, and you can’t see them, so you have to be cautious.   

It’s also important to know how to escape rip tides.   

Rather than fighting the current and using up all of your much-needed energy, you should always swim parallel to the shore until you break free of the current and then swim to shore.   

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Beaches With Lifeguards  

Lifeguards are put on the beaches for a reason, to help protect swimmers and save them if a dangerous situation should occur.   

But not all beaches have lifeguards on them, and they are only there between certain hours on the ones that do.   

Make sure if you are going to be swimming that you opt for beaches with lifeguards present. 

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Drinking While At The Beach 

Drinking too much while at the beach can cause all sorts of problems that can put your safety at risk.   

Not only is it not safe to swim while under the heavy influence of alcohol, but heavy drinking can also lead to dehydration due to being in the hot sun.   

Dehydration alone is bad enough, but it can cause even worse problems, like having a heat stroke.   

For this reason, it’s important to not only limit alcohol but to drink plenty of water as well. 

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Basic Medical Supplies And Sunscreen 

Having basic medical supplies with you, in addition to good high-SPF sunscreen, when you go to the beaches in the Mexican Caribbean isn’t a bad idea either.   

You can find beach first aid kits that include important items like the following: 

  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment 
  • Bandages  
  • Tweezers 
  • Hand Sanitizer  
  • Gauze 
  • Medical Tape 
  • Disposable Gloves 
  • Waterproof Bandaids 
  • Pain Relievers 
  • Benadryl 
  • Alcohol 
  • Peroxide 
  • Aloe  
  • Instant Ice Packs 

In addition, it doesn’t hurt to have vinegar in case you get stung by a jellyfish or a spray that helps stop the sting.  All of these things can come in handy at any time while visiting the beaches in the Mexican Caribbean. 

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A Safe Vacation Is The Best Kind Of Vacation 

Nobody wants an accident to interrupt their vacation, yet every year lifeguards end up rescuing or treating tourists that didn’t take safety seriously.   

You’ll enjoy your vacation much more, and it will be memorable in a good way if you take your safety into your own hands.   

These tips will help you do just that, so you can continue spending your time making great beach vacation memories.

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