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Current Beach Conditions

Our beaches are open and there are no advisories at this time.

Updated 9.12.2019



Red Drift Algae

What is it?

Red Drift Algae is a species of algae that can be seen with the naked eye and resembles red seaweed. This algae is not harmful and non-toxic. These species, which vary in color and can be red, brown, green or white, occur naturally in the environment and can sometimes detach from the bottom of the sea floor and wash up along area beaches. It can have an unpleasant smell as it dries out on the sand.

Where is it?

It is most notably seen washed up on area beaches in the wrack line. “Wrack” is the term for seaweed, sea grass, driftwood, and other organic materials that wash ashore on the beach. At certain times of the year we may have an abundance of red drift on our beaches while at other times we may have little to none.

Why is it important?

Many of our local and migratory shorebirds feast on invertebrates and small crustaceans in the abundant wrack on our beaches, including the red drift algae. This organic matter is essential to the beach ecosystem. It is for this very reason why our beaches are not regularly groomed.


Check out our live Beach Cams

The following beach cams offer real-time views of our beaches, complimentary of our partners.


Fort Myers Beach

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

Lani Kai Island Resort

Best Western Plus Beach Resort

DiamondHead Beach Resort

Boca Grande

Boca Grande Pass

Sanibel Island

Island Inn

Sanibel Moorings Resort

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Beachview Cottages

Castaways Beach & Bay Cottages

West Wind Inn

Casa Ybel Resort

Captiva Island

South Seas Island Resort

The Mucky Duck

'Tween Waters Inn



It's Turtle Nesting Season!

May through October marks turtle nesting season on our beaches. You can play a role in helping our conservation efforts. 

Please keep our beaches sea turtle friendly:


Additional Resources for Beach Conditions & Water Quality

Florida Healthy Beaches Program (Florida Department of Health)Map with beach samples & advisory status

Current Beach Conditions (MOTE Marine Laboratory)Map with beach conditions from select beaches in Southwest Florida

Red Tide Current Sampling Map- Updated bi-weekly by The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC)

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)- A local foundation dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva islands and in the surrounding watershed.

Algal Bloom Sampling Status- Interactive dashboard allows public to see where algal blooms were occurring in Florida. It features real-time updates, photos and information. Users can search by specific address, ZIP code, city or place. The tool includes quick links to other resources such as public health information. 

 Lee County's Water Quality Information


Looking for something to do?

What to do this week
To get you started, here’s a guide to what to do the week of Sept. 16-22, 2019. 

Off-the-beach activities

Click here for a list of museums, historic sites, tours, live theaters, shopping and more that can make your day away from the beach a fun one.

Enjoy our many craft breweries and distilleries as another way to learn about local products made in Southwest Florida.

Learn about our various farmers markets here


Beach Photos

Check out recent photos from our visitors below.

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