Current Beach Updates & Conditions

Learn more about current beach conditions in St. Pete-Clearwater, home to America's Best Beaches.

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Honeymoon and Caladesi islands are state parks that are beloved for their stunning beaches.

Updated May 13, 2024

Our award-winning beaches are the jewel of St. Pete-Clearwater! Learn more about America's Best Beaches before your visit.

Beginning after Memorial Day weekend, Pinellas County is taking steps to restore and protect our paradise with a nourishment of Pass-a-Grille Beach that will be performed in two phases. Throughout the entire process, all Pass-a-Grille businesses are open and ready to help you enjoy your experience at America’s Best Beaches!

During the first phase, between 10,000 and 15,000 cubic yards of sand will be placed between 9th Avenue and 4th Avenue. The remainder of Pass-a-Grille's beach will be open during this time. For Phase 2, the County is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to place an additional 138,000 cubic yards of sand between 22nd Avenue and 1st Avenue to fully nourish Pass-a-Grille Beach.

During this project, access to portions of Pass-a-Grille Beach within the construction zone will be impacted at times, and access to the 1st Avenue Fishing Pier/Pass-a-Grille Jetty will be closed for the duration of the project. For additional information on the project and up-to-date details on access closures, please review the Pass-A-Grille Beach Nourishment information page. 

All other public beaches in St. Pete-Clearwater are open. 

Whenever and wherever you visit our beautiful beaches, it's very important that you avoid walking on dunes and any areas with sea oats or other vegetation. Please use designated boardwalks and pathways to access the beach. Learn more about the recently completed dune and beach restoration project.

At this time, there is no red tide at St. Pete/Clearwater's beaches. 

 

Travel + Leisure has named Clearwater Beach one of the 15 Best White-Sand Beaches in the World!

See For Yourself

Take a look at this live beach webcam to see what's happening on America's Best Beaches. And check out our live webcam page for even more views of our beaches.

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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.

Florida's Beach Warning Flag Program

Many Florida beaches, including beaches in St. Pete/Clearwater, utilize a beach warning flag system to let beachgoers know of current beach conditions. You'll most often see beach warning flags posted on or near lifeguard stands. 

Here are the beach warning flag colors and what they mean:

Green Flag: Low hazard, calm conditions.

Yellow Flag: Medium hazard with moderate surf or currents.

Red Flag: High hazard, with high surf or strong currents; when these conditions are present, lifeguards may ask swimmers to get out of the water.

Double Red Flag: Water is closed to the public (you may still walk on the beach, but you may not enter the water).

Blue Flag: Stinging or hazardous marine life such as stingrays or jellyfish are present.

It's important to note that rip currents can occur unexpectedly at any beach. Swimmers should be aware of their surroundings and read about what to do if they get caught in a rip current.

 

Average Water Temperatures

Yes, you can swim at our beaches, year 'round! Most visitors find our Gulf water temperatures quite pleasant, especially if they are coming from colder climates. See our chart of average Gulf water temperatures below.
January 64 F 17.7 C
February 64.4 F 18 C
March 66.7 F 19.3 C
April 73 F 22.8 C
May 78 F 25.6 C
June 82.4 F 28 C
July 85 F 29.6 C
August 86.7 F 30.4 C
September 84.6 F 29.2 C
October 81 F 27.3 C
November 75 F 23.8 C
December  68.5 F 20.3 C

 

Average Air Temperatures

Florida is the Sunshine State, and we have warm weather year 'round. Here's a chart of average monthly highs and lows in St. Pete-Clearwater. Summer months tend to have brief afternoon rainstorms, while winter months are typically dry. Be sure to leave the beach if a thunderstorm is coming.
Month High Low
January 66.7 F /19.3 C 57 F / 13.7 C
February 68.7 F / 20.4 C 59 F / 15 C
March 72 F / 22.3 C 62 F / 16.7 C
April 78 F / 25.4 C 68 F / 20 C
May 82 F / 27.9 C 78 F / 25.6 C
June 86 F / 29.9 C 78.4 F / 25.8 C
July 87 F / 30.7 C 80 F / 26.6 C
August 88 F / 31 C 81 F / 27 C
September 87 F / 30.3 C 78 F / 25.5 C
October 81 F / 27.3 C 73 F / 22.5 C
November 81 F / 27.3 C 75 F / 23.9 C
December 71 F / 21.5 C 61 F / 16.2 C

 

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