Worried About Potential Rip Currents in Siesta Key? Learn How to Spot Them and Put Your Mind at Ease

Sunny days, gorgeous beaches, warm turquoise waters; sounds like a pretty good place to have a vacation. Here in Siesta Key, we are known for our award-winning beaches and incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico. People flock here every year from all over the world to soak up the sun and just relax and get away from everything. If you want a free preview of what you can expect, then you can check out our live beach cam!

We have everything you could possibly want in the ways of comfort with your incredible gulf-side Siesta Key Vacation Rentals. Regardless of the size of your party, we have rental properties that will suit your every need. The best part is that all of our rentals are walking distance to beaches, restaurants, and amazing little shops. 

rip current information sign

With every vacation, there is usually a little bit of worry included. “Will I pack warm enough clothing? Am I forgetting anything that I need to bring in regard to travel documents? Are there any dangers in the area that I should know about?” We might not have a lot to say in regard to the first two questions; however, we can help you prepare for the only “danger” that you need to know about while in Siesta Key: riptides.  

How Common Are Rip Currents?

Along the coastlines, rip currents are the most dangerous water conditions that can develop and do develop quite often. The main issue is that you never really know where a rip current will develop. Rip currents are formed during the periods of high surf with strong winds, causing waves to push water onto the beach. As the water ebbs back to the ocean, it will try to find a path that has little to no resistance, often between sandbars. This in turn creates a very strong current that can drag even the strongest swimmers out to sea. 

How to Spot a Rip Current

Spotting a rip current is fairly easy. They are usually a brownish sandy color and appear rough or choppy and fast-moving. Sometimes you will be able to see debris floating quickly out to see and ending in a mushroom-shaped patch of water. Due to the speed of a rip current, waves cannot break within one, meaning you may see waves crashing on either side of the rip current but not in the current itself. 

ocean waves

What to Do If You Get Caught in a Rip Current?

One of the hardest things for people to wrap their heads around is to not panic. When you are caught in a rip current, the worst thing you can do is panic. This causes fatigue which can lead to drowning. You need to do your best to stay calm, and then you can do one of two things. The first thing you can do is swim parallel to the shore. In this way, you are trying to escape the current so that you can swim back to shore. Your other option is to let the current carry you until it stops, at which point you can begin swimming parallel to the shore and then eventually return to the shore. The important thing to remember is that rip currents do not have an undertow, meaning they won’t ever drag you under the water, giving you the chance to just float along until you reach the head of the current.

We know that rip tides can be scary and that many people have never encountered them before. However, if you follow the steps above, then there is no reason to be afraid. If you are still unsure, then be sure to visit some of the lifeguarded beaches during your visit, where professional eyes keep watch so you don’t have to be too concerned. 

Plan Your Next Visit

We are sure that you will have a blast during your stay with us, especially enjoying our beachfront condos. So why not give us a call and let us book you in for your next Siesta Key vacation?

Contact Us

Peppertree Bay Realty Inc
6056 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, Florida USA 34242

T 941.349.7777
F 941.346.0371


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