50 lifeguarded beaches along 106 km of beach. What could be better? On sunny days, you’ll be spoilt for nice ways to spend the day on the Landes coast, though you should take some precautions.

Nature has given the Landes coast many gifts, with its immense beaches of fine sand and its lively ocean.

Depending on the sea conditions and the location of the baïnes (a Gascon word meaning “little bay” or “bowl”, dug out by the swell, which generates currents), the lifeguards- who are on duty from June to September on the beaches of the Landes- mark out the bathing zones with two navy blue flags.

Navy blue flags, but also red, orange and green! Each colour has a meaning. Red- bathing is not permitted. Orange- bathing is dangerous, but lifeguarded. Green- GO FOR IT! …

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Ocean and beach - The Landes

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Beach games for kids - The Landes

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Navy blue flag - The Landes

 

… Don’t forget to watch children, big and small, even when they are playing by the sea.

On the beach, you should also think about protecting yourself from the sun by wearing a t-shirt, sunglasses, a hat and sun cream.
Tan smart, ditch the “toast attitude” and the awful sunburn (even in cloudy weather!) so you don’t ruin your holiday, and your health.

Finally, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm and to enter the sea gradually, you are finally ready to play on the beach and laze in the rolling ocean... or the other way round?

Happy bathing!

(CDT des Landes - Updated 22/03/2017)