Current Beach Updates & Conditions

America's Best Beaches are waiting for you. Here's an update on current beach conditions in St. Pete/Clearwater.

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Beautiful Clearwater Beach was named America's #1 Beach in 2019, 2018 and 2016.

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.


 

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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 Beach 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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