Beach safety

Protected from any urban encroachment, a white sand beach stretches over 106 km: welcome to the Landes coast! 

la plage océane de Biscarrosse

Biscarrosse ocean beach
Activities here are practised as a family or between friends; whether this is sand-yachting, surfing, kite-flying or beach volleyball. ‘Fat Bike’ cycles are prohibited on beaches from 11am to 7pm.
There are kids clubs available for younger children, and early birds and night owls enjoy surf-casting. A tiralo is available for the disabled. 
Swimming is prohibited outside of the swimming areas that are marked off with blue flags and supervised by lifeguards.
The lifeguards are on duty throughout the season for the safety of swimmers in marked swimming areas. We strongly recommend cooperating with their advice. 

Tidal pool currents 
A tidal pool is a depression of water that forms in the sand along the coast as a result of the North-South current, wind, and waves. A tidal pool resembles a natural pool formed between the coast and a sand bank. When the tide rises, waves pass over the sandbanks and fill the tidal pools. Their water level rises to above sea level. Through their interconnection, tidal pools empty through the funnel as the water ebbs, which generates a strong current toward the sea.

What precautions should be taken?
Be careful never to swim behind a rising tidal pool because you may be carried out to sea. Above all, remain calm if you get caught in a riptide. Do not try to fight against the current. Instead, signal to the lifeguards or surfers.

The danger of sand holes
Playing in the sand is a popular activity among children. Very young children prefer building sand castles, and as they grow older, they enjoy digging deep holes in the sand.
Sand tends to crumble easily, and it can collapse at any time. Someone covered by a sand hole that collapses can die of asphyxiation within just a few minutes.

What precautions should be taken?
Keep your eyes on your children at all times, and do not dig deep holes. Build sand castles instead, which are entirely safe!

The freshwater lakes of Cazaux-Sanguinet and Biscarrosse-Parentis

Le lac de Cazaux-Sanguinet à Biscarrosse


Forming the largest area of freshwater in Nouvelle Aquitaine, no fewer than three lakes offer one-of-a-kind experiences, including: pure relaxation, unspoilt landscapes, sporty thrills. These outstanding stretches of freshwater are magnets for families looking for tranquillity and safety 

A 300 m strip, set off by yellow buoys, has been set up over the entire periphery of the North and South lakes. Inside of the strip, especially near the swimming areas, visitors are advised to use great caution.
The maximum speed for boats within 300 m from shore is 2.5 knots, or about 5 km/h. All vessels, with or without a motor, must be equipped with safety equipment, as required by applicable regulations.

Boat owners must pay the navigation fee to be able to sail on the bodies of water. This tax is required when launching the boat.