Current Beach Conditions and Red Tide Updates

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Updated 6/23/2021 at 5 p.m.

Want the latest on the beaches in St. Pete/Clearwater? We're here to help.

Sun and fun is the order of the day along our white-sand beaches! Since our beachfront stretches for 35 miles, beach conditions may vary in different locations - including wind, UV levels and even the occasional presence of red tide (find frequently asked questions about the naturally occurring algae below). We'll update this page frequently to keep you "in-the-know," allowing you to find the perfect spot for your beach day fun. As you enjoy our beaches, please remember to be considerate of other visitors, wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and have a fabulous day!

Explore current conditions, including respiratory irritation, specific to each beach location by clicking on the map below.

If you're looking for respiratory irritation forecast information, click here. This experimental tool tries to predict where the air may cause irritation based on wind and ocean current forecasts.

Know Before You Go: Guide to the Beach Flag System

Different colored flags are found on public beaches throughout St. Pete/Clearwater. When you head to sunbathe on the beach you picked from the map above, you might spot a flag on display. Check out what each flag color means below.

  • Green Flag: Grab the sunscreen, you’re good to go! Conditions are calm and normal.
  • Yellow Flag: Surf’s up! Visitors (especially those with small children or poor swimmers) should use caution.
  • Purple Flag: It’s an ocean, after all. Potentially dangerous marine life (such as jellyfish and stingrays) or conditions are present.
  • Red Flag: High surf or strong currents are present, and visitors should stay out of the water.
  • Double Red Flag: The beach is closed due to conditions such as high surf, rip currents or other factors.

Current Beach Cams

Check out our live beach cams to see current conditions yourself.

Medium levels of red tide conditions reported
Fred Howard Park

Medium levels of red tide conditions reported.

Fred Howard Park

Fred Howard Park is open. This includes beach access, beach parking, beach chair and umbrella rentals, equipment rentals and food concessions.

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Medium
Air Temperature: 82.19°
Respiratory Irritation: Moderate
Dead Fish: Some
Wind Direction & Speed: 8.37mph 12° W
Swell Information: Not Available
UV Levels: 4

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Medium levels of red tide conditions reported
Caladesi Island

Medium levels of red tide conditions reported.

Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island State Park is open, 8 a.m. to sunset. The Caladesi Island ferry is running, or you can rent a kayak on the Dunedin Causeway to get to the island. All facilities are open regular hours.

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Medium
Air Temperature: 83.09°
Respiratory Irritation: Slight
Dead Fish: Some
Wind Direction & Speed: 7.77mph 21° W
Swell Information: Not Available
UV Levels: 4
Nearby beaches
Clearwater Beach 3 miles

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Medium levels of red tide conditions reported
Honeymoon Island

Medium levels of red tide conditions reported.

Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island State Park is open, 8 a.m. to sunset. 

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Medium
Air Temperature: 82.99°
Respiratory Irritation: Slight
Dead Fish: Some
Wind Direction & Speed: 8.3mph 17° W
Swell Information: Not Available
UV Levels: 4

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Medium levels of red tide conditions reported
Clearwater Beach

Medium levels of red tide conditions reported.

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is open, including restrooms and concessions. Pier 60 is open and a sunset celebration is held nightly, weather permitting.

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Medium
Air Temperature: 82.7°
Respiratory Irritation: Slight
Dead Fish: Some
Wind Direction & Speed: 5mph 5° NW
Swell Information: 1.2ft at 5s
UV Levels: 4
Nearby beaches
Caladesi Island 2 miles
Belleair Beach 1 miles

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Low levels of red tide conditions reported
Sand Key

Low levels of red tide conditions reported.

Sand Key

Sand Key Park is open. This includes beach access, beach parking, beach chair and umbrella rentals, equipment rentals and food concessions.

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Low
Air Temperature: 82.95°
Respiratory Irritation: Slight
Dead Fish: Some
Wind Direction & Speed: 7.58mph 16° W
Swell Information: Not Available
UV Levels: 4
Nearby beaches
Belleair Beach 3 miles

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Low levels of red tide conditions reported
Indian Shores & Indian Rocks

Low levels of red tide conditions reported.

Indian Shores & Indian Rocks

Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach are now open. 

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Low
Air Temperature: 83.64°
Respiratory Irritation: Slight
Dead Fish: Some
Wind Direction & Speed: 7mph 28° NNW
Swell Information: 1.2ft at 5s
UV Levels: 4

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Low levels of red tide conditions reported
North Redington/Redington Beach

Low levels of red tide conditions reported.

North Redington/Redington Beach

North Redington/Redington Beach is open. 

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Low
Air Temperature: 84.74°
Respiratory Irritation: Slight
Dead Fish: Some
Wind Direction & Speed: 8mph 29° NNW
Swell Information: 1.2ft at 5s
UV Levels: 4
Nearby beaches
Madeira Beach 1 miles

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Low levels of red tide conditions reported
Madeira Beach

Low levels of red tide conditions reported.

Madeira Beach

Madeira Beach is open.

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Low
Air Temperature: 85.25°
Dead Fish: Some
Wind Direction & Speed: 8mph 29° NNW
Swell Information: 1.2ft at 5s
UV Levels: 4
Nearby beaches
North Redington/Redington Beach 1 miles
Treasure Island 3 miles

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Treasure Island is open.

Beach Condition Data
Air Temperature: 85.89°
Wind Direction & Speed: 8mph 30° NNW
Swell Information: 1.2ft at 5s
UV Levels: 4
Nearby beaches
Madeira Beach 3 miles
St. Pete Beach 2 miles

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach is open. 

Beach Condition Data
Air Temperature: 85.84°
Wind Direction & Speed: 8mph 31° NNW
Swell Information: 1.2ft at 5s
UV Levels: 4
Nearby beaches
Treasure Island 2.5 miles
Pass-A-Grille 3.5 miles

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Low levels of red tide conditions reported
Pass-A-Grille

Low levels of red tide conditions reported.

Pass-A-Grille

Pass-a-Grille is open. 

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Low
Air Temperature: 85.32°
Wind Direction & Speed: 8mph 32° NNW
Swell Information: 1.2ft at 5s
UV Levels: 4
Nearby beaches
St. Pete Beach 3.5 miles
Shell Key, Fort De Soto & Egmont Key 1 miles

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Low levels of red tide conditions reported
Shell Key, Fort De Soto & Egmont Key

Low levels of red tide conditions reported.

Shell Key, Fort De Soto & Egmont Key

Shell Key Preserve is open. Camping permits are required.

Fort De Soto Park is open. This includes beach access, beach parking, beach chair and umbrella rentals, equipment rentals and food concessions.

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Low
Air Temperature: 84.45°
Respiratory Irritation: Slight
Wind Direction & Speed: 9.27mph 33° NW
Swell Information: Not Available
UV Levels: 4
Nearby beaches
Pass-A-Grille 1 miles

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Low levels of red tide conditions reported
Belleair Beach

Low levels of red tide conditions reported.

Belleair Beach

Belleair Beach is open. 

Beach Condition Data
Red Tide Levels: Low
Air Temperature: 83.78°
Respiratory Irritation: Slight
Dead Fish: Some
Wind Direction & Speed: 7.62mph 25° NW
Swell Information: Not Available
UV Levels: 4
Nearby beaches
Sand Key 3 miles

Reported on 06/23/2021 04:43pm

Red Tide FAQ

What is red tide?

Red tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plantlike organism). In Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis, often abbreviated as K. brevis.

Is red tide a new phenomenon?

No, red tides were documented in the southern Gulf of Mexico as far back as the 1700s and along Florida's Gulf coast in the 1840s. 

How long do red tides last?

Red tides can last as little as a few weeks or longer than a year. They can even subside and then reoccur. The duration of a bloom in nearshore Florida waters depends on physical and biological conditions that influence its growth and persistence, including sunlight, nutrients and salinity, as well as the speed and direction of wind and water currents. 

Do red tides occur anywhere else?

Yes, many algae species cause red tides all over the world. However, the organism that causes Florida's red tide, Karenia brevis, is found almost exclusively in the Gulf of Mexico and occurs from Mexico to Florida. K. brevis can be transported around the Gulf of Mexico as coastal waters move with winds and currents. Some red tides have even been carried by the Gulf Stream current into the Atlantic Ocean as far north as Delaware.

Will I experience respiratory irritation during a red tide in Florida?

Some people experience respiratory irritation (coughing, sneezing, tearing and an itchy throat) when the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, is present and winds blow onshore. Offshore winds usually keep respiratory effects experienced by those on the shore to a minimum. The Florida Department of Health advises people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions, such as emphysema or asthma, to avoid red tide areas.

Is it safe to swim during a red tide in Florida?

Swimming is safe for most people. However, red tide can cause some people to suffer skin irritation and burning eyes. People with respiratory illness may also experience respiratory irritation in the water. Use common sense. If you are particularly susceptible to irritation from plant products, avoid an area with a red tide bloom. If you experience irritation, get out of the water and thoroughly wash off.

Is it OK to eat shellfish at a restaurant or purchase shellfish from a seafood market during a red tide?

Store-bought and restaurant-served shellfish are safe to eat during a bloom because the shellfish are monitored by the government for safety. Commercially available shellfish are often not locally harvested and, if harvested locally, are tested for red tide toxins before they are sold.

Where can I get more information about red tide?

For complete information and advisories, please refer to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservatin Commission's red tide pages.

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