Hazards of the beach are many but relatively minor. Stingrays are always present. Just drag your feet when you walk in the water. Stepping down on one is usually how you get nailed. Painful experience. I've been fishing on the coast for 40yrs and never been popped. Another hazard is jellyfish. These stings can be mild to OMFG. Most outdoor places sell special medical wipes just for these. Its simple easy to pick up a few next time you're down at Academy and take them with you on beach day. Dead hardhead catfish spines. People like to throw these useless fish up on the sand to die after landing one. What then happens is you have a dam punji stake waiting for you. Its will be covered in rotten fish flesh to boot. Watch where you step. If you hook one be very careful removing it from your fishing line as the little heathens are experts at sticking their spines in your hands. Painful as hell. Not usually severe enough to require medical attention but can get infected. Trash left by people. Oh lawd the blood curdling tales I could relate. Broken bottles, syringes, dildoes, dead dogs, soiled baby diapers, I could go on. Watch where you step. Especially back in the dunes. Sunburn. Wear sun screen and proper clothing. Just because its cloudy does not mean you will not be cooked. If there is a shadow you are getting UV rays. Skin cancer sucks. It really is quite easy to prevent. Drink lots of cool water. Its hot as hell. Mosquitos. Bring mosquito repellant. Mosquitos usually aren't a problem during daylight hours. Not always tho. Some days the wind brings them out of the marsh behind the beach. Once the sun goes down LOOK OUT! They'll eat you alive. Get everything you need before you get on the island. Gas, ice, food, water, fishing bait, etc. It is sometimes available but at inflated prices. Its not always available. Especially later in the day.