Having fun in the sun is one of our guests' favorite pastimes while visiting our resorts. Whether it's feeling the sand between their toes on the beach or soaking up some rays from a kayak on the ocean, our resorts host the perfect atmosphere for an ideal day at the beach. But a relaxing beach day can quickly go awry from a simple rip current or a bad sunburn. I am here to share some quick tips on how to stay safe at the beach so you can enjoy your Playa vacation to the fullest.
1. Look for Warning Flags and Know What They Mean
Usually indicates strong surf and currents, the water can be very treacherous. Be careful!
Indicates moderate surf and currents, the water can be rough but is not increasingly dangerous
Indicates the ocean is calm and clear
Blue or Purple Flags
Indicates the potential presence of dangerous marine life nearby, such as sharks and jellyfish
2. Lather on the Block
Did you know getting more than five sunburns at any age doubles your risk for melanoma? To protect your skin from the sun, always wear an SPF 15 or higher especially during the sun's peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (And if you run out of sunblock or forget to pack your own, you can find some for sale at all of our resorts.)
3. Stay Hydrated
Make sure to drink plenty of water during your time spent at the beach, where you are more prone to overheating and dehydration.
4. Pick a Spot Close to a Lifeguard
Make sure there is a lifeguard on duty. The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) statistics show that the chance of drowning at a beach without a lifeguard is five times more likely. Yikes!
[READMORE] READ MORE Top Amenities from the Playa Hotels & Resorts All-Inclusive Collection[/READMORE]
Whether it's from saving guests lives as they get caught in rip currents to tending jellyfish stings, our lifeguards have done it all! I recently heard from a guest of Hyatt Ziva Cancun who wanted to recognize and thank the resort's lifeguards for saving his life! "I swam too far out and got caught in the riptides," he told us. "Even though I'm a good swimmer, I was in trouble…I realize it was risky for him. Other lifeguards helped when we got close to shore. They all were great and checked on me the whole next hour."
The safety of our guests is of the top priority at all of our Playa properties. At Playa, we believe that the beach is a place that should be enjoyed and that means, safe. Be careful when you're at the beach, and if you're at one of our resorts, know we are always there to help!
Topics From This Article to Explore