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Current Beach Conditions

Current reports indicate no red tide conditions in Lee County. According to the Florida Department of Health, there are no beach advisories at this time. We will continue to monitor conditions and recommend that you use the following resources when planning your next visit.

Updated 2.10.2020


Key to Red Tide Levels - Provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The most recent Red Tide Report can be seen by clicking this link

See a map with current beach conditions by clicking here.

See a map where water quality samples were taken by clicking here. TIP: Click on a specific point on the map to see date the sample was taken.


Red Tide

What is it? 

A red tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of plant-like organisms. In Florida, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis. This organism produces a toxin that can affect the central nervous system of fish. 

Is it safe to swim during a red tide? 

Yes, for most people. However, for some people red tide can cause skin irritation and burning eyes. If you are particularly susceptible to irritation from plant products, avoid red tide waters. If you experience irritation, get out and thoroughly wash off. 

Can red tide cause respiratory irritation? 

People can experience respiratory irritation (coughing, sneezing and tearing) when red tide is present. People with severe or chronic respiratory conditions (such as bronchitis, emphysema or asthma) are cautioned to avoid red tide areas.

Generally, symptoms are temporary and disappear within hours (once exposure is discontinued). 


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



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. 

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS)- This is an experimental forecast of potential respiratory irritation that may occur because of airborne toxins produced by the red tide organism Karenia brevis. It indicates a greater or lesser likelihood of negative conditions based on predicted wind and ocean currents. Please NOTE: This experimental forecast is currently being tested for efficacy and is not yet an official forecast. Daily availability of the product cannot be assured.

 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 Feb. 17-23, 2020. 

OFF-THE-BEACH: Things to do when it's not a beach day. Museums, historic sites, tours, live theaters, shopping and more that can make your day away from the beach a fun one.

DRINK LOCAL: Craft breweries and distilleries in Lee County give you a chance to sip and savor some our unique locally made beverages. 

FARM FRESH: Bring a tote bag - and an empty stomach - to shop and sample our bounty of farmers markets. 

AREA APPS: Smartphone savvy info, perfect for your visit to Lee County.




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