Where When How — May/June 2017
Change Language:
Marine Etiquette

We want you to have the finest possible experience in our land and sea marine parks, so please follow the rules. These guidelines will help you do just that, and also protect our sensitive environment.

The Department of Environment and Marine Affairs has compiled do’s and don’ts for visitors to our National Parks – whether they be land or marine parks. These are in fact, laws, and breaking them carries a penalty. Please take a few moments to learn them, and help to protect our environment.


1 . Do not litter: Please remove all your trash including cigarette butts. Be mindful of the wind blowing trash into the sea.

2 . It is illegal to remove corals, sand, shells and wildlife, whether dead or alive, from the beach or ocean.

3 . No fishing of any kind is permitted in protected areas, including ‘catch and release,’ or conch and lobster fishing.

4 . Do not feed any fish, birds and reptiles.

5 . Do not walk on the sand dunes. Please stay on the walkways and watch out for iguana burrows on the uninhabited cays.

6 . Dogs must be on a leash.

7 . No open fires without a DEMA license.

8 . Please keep noise to a minimum and be conscious of other visitors to our National Parks.


1 . Do not stand on, touch, or break off the coral; it is a living animal and you will harm it.

2 . Be mindful of where your fins are; try to keep your body horizontal and your fins up, to prevent coral damage. Also avoid kicking or stirring up the sand. The fine particles will smother and choke the living coral.

3 . Do not feed, harass or remove the marine life, even if it appears dead.

4 . Please use biodegradable suntan lotion whenever possible.

5 . Allow adequate time for suntan l0tions to soak into skin before going into the water.

6 . Watch out for boats and stay out of boat access lanes (marked by red and green markers) that go out at right angles from the beach in the Grace Bay area. Most hotels/resorts mark swimming areas with lines of white buoys. Stay inside these buoys.

We hope you enjoy our land and sea sanctuaries, preserves and parks. Please “take only pictures, leave only bubbles or footprints” so we can welcome you back for years to come.