Just seen months ago, Florida emerged from the ragged end of a 14-month long toxic algae bloom which devastated beaches, leaving thousands of dead fish and mountains of seaweed on Florida beaches. It almost became rare to see a Florida beach without seaweed for a while.
Ride Tide algae off the Gulf Coast are actually a year-round affair, but their microscope colonies are usually so small, that no one really notices. Every once in awhile, though, usually in late summer to early fall, the algae population close to shore literally explodes into something called a bloom.
The bloom travels by winds and currents, so it can be difficult to tell how long it will last and where it will end up next. If you’re planning a beach trip and trying to avoid these stinking, toxic mounds of sea debris, we’ve made up a list of Gulf beaches with no debris right now according to information provided by visitbeaches.org.
Venice North Jetty
Hours: 10:30a.m. - 7:30p.m.
Address: 1000 S Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275
Why You Need To Go: In Sarasota county, the water is clear, the weather is humid, and the sand is clean of dead fish, jellyfish, and sea debris.
Hours: 7a.m. - 6p.m.
Address: 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242
Why You Need To Go: The water clarity is reported as moderate here, and while the beach is clear of debris, keep an eye out for some jellies in the water.
Hours: Daily until dark
Address: 112 S. Osceola Avenue, Clearwater, FL. 33756
Why You Need To Go: With clear water, calm surf, and thin crowds, this beach is perfect for a clear place to relax.
Hours: Daily to sundown
Address: 4650 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Why You Need To Go: A groundswell is chopping up the surf, but other than that, clarity in the water and on the beach is calm and clear.
Hours: Sunrise to midnight
Address: Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Why You Need To Go: Even with some light rain, that's not keeping the crowds away at Coquina. Other than that, the sand and surf are all clear.
Hours: 8a.m. to sundown
Address: Offshore Island, Dunedin, FL 34698
Why You Need To Go: Partly cloudy with calm surf and clear beaches.
Hours: 8a.m. to sundown
Address: 400 Quietwater Beach Rd, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
Why You Need To Go: Choppy surf, humidity, and a slight drizzle are keeping the crowds thin here, so you can enjoy the clear sand all to yourself.
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