Updated December 6, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.
Low Levels of Red Tide Detected at Some Beaches in St. Pete/Clearwater
There is a red tide bloom south of St. Pete/Clearwater that is shifting slightly north with wind and water movement. At this time, coastal waters in St. Pete/Clearwater are being tested for red tide (Karenia brevis) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Currently, low levels of red tide have been detected at Fort De Soto Park, Egmont Key and points south.
In addition, very low levels of red tide have been detected at Pass-a-Grille Beach, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach and Redington Shores.
Beginning at Indian Rocks Beach, samples were negative for red tide. Since the researchers' methodology is to begin testing in the south, and move north until no positive results are found, there were no samples collected north of Indian Rocks Beach on Monday, December 5. Beachgoers can reasonably expect Sand Key Park, Clearwater Beach, Honeymoon Island and Fred Howard Park to be free of red tide. However, conditions can change due to wind and water movement.
The December 5 report from GCOOS (Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System) predicted very low levels of respiratory irritation from Treasure Island south to Fort De Soto Park, but no respiratory irritation at Indian Rocks Beach, Clearwater Beach and points north.
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater will be watching beach conditions closely over the coming days to provide frequent updates to beachgoers.
Please read our Red Tide FAQs.
No Lasting Impacts of Hurricane Ian in St. Pete/ Clearwater
Hurricane Ian passed approximately 150 miles to our south. Our thoughts are with our friends in the Fort Myers Beach area, as well as other Florida communities that have been impacted. We are very fortunate that the effects on St. Pete/Clearwater were very mild, and all of our beaches and coastal businesses are open and welcoming visitors.
Beach Safety and Courtesy Every Day
On any beach day, it's important to be aware of current beach conditions. Look to the beach flag warning system (see details lower on this page) and heed any posted warnings. Rip tides are infrequent, but can be present without being obvious to beachgoers.
Below, you'll also find information on seasonal air and water temperatures, as well as additional resources to help you plan your beach vacation.
As you enjoy America's Best Beaches, please remember to be considerate of other beachgoers, wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and have a safe and sunny beach day.