Galveston’s beaches are the island’s most popular attraction and biggest asset. It’s always fun to get sand between your toes, venture out in the waves and splash around to cool off. Although Galveston’s beaches offer a gradual incline that seem easier to manage; the island’s currents can also be a challenge for young and novice swimmers. Follow these basic rules for beach and water safety as provided by the Galveston Island Beach Patrol when enjoying Galveston’s beaches: Learn to swim (or at least learn how to tread water)Always swim near a lifeguardStay away from rocksSwim with a buddyCheck with the lifeguards on potential hazardsUse sunscreen and drink waterObey posted signs and flagsKeep the beach and water cleanLearn rip current safetyEnter water feet firstWear a life jacketDon’t swim at the ends of the islandParkingGalveston’s most popular beach area is along the island’s Seawall Blvd. Hotel guests at Hotel Galvez & Spa can easily walk across the street to enjoy the beachfront and skip paying the beach parking fee. If you decide to park on the Seawall, parking is charged from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from 6th to 69th Streets and 81st to 103rd Streets and is 0 per hour or $8 per day. Check the website for current rates. Register your vehicle by visiting www.paybyphone.com or calling 1-866-234-7275.Seawall parking is enforced by the City of Galveston.Be safe and use common sense while enjoying our beautiful beaches. For information on current beach conditions, visit http://www.galvestonbeachinfo.com/conditions.asp.