We care very much about the quality of your vacation and this page provides resources related to water quality.
- We are monitoring the current situation with red tide and background-to-zero concentrations currently present.
We invite you to view LIVE streaming video provided by EarthCam so that you can see visual water conditions for yourself.
Explore this informational Red Tide Poster for more information (click for a larger image):
In the Gulf of Mexico, red tide is typically caused by large concentrations of Karenia brevis, a microscopic algae. Medium- to high-intensity blooms can cause eye and respiratory issues in humans, and high concentrations can also cause fish kills. Keep in mind that red tide occurs naturally throughout the world. It is not known what, exactly, causes it. Because it can occur in this part of Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission carefully monitors levels throughout the state on a frequent basis. It is important to note that a location that has no red tide one day can have completely different conditions the next, as tides and winds can drastically shift a bloom in a matter of hours.
For the most up-to-date, accurate information we recommend the websites below:
Mote Marine Beach Conditions (same-day beach updates):
Red Tide Status Report (Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission):
Charlotte County Department of Health:
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