Far from the palm-studded paradise of beach bums, Florida has been a veritable nightmare for the past several months. The red tide, a natural environmental phenomenon made worse by pollution and other man-made causes, struck Florida and caused irritation, sneezing, and coughing in beachgoers and significant loss of marine life in some areas.
Today, the red tide is gone from most major tourist areas and Florida’s beaches are open for business. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s report on current conditions, “A patchy bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida. On the East Coast, K. brevis cells were present but not at bloom concentrations. In Northwest Florida, K. brevis was not observed.” You can check out the FWC’s map of bloom samplings, updated daily, here.
If you’re in desperate need of a sunny beach this winter, Florida — as usual — is the place to be. Here are some of the best beach spot to check out now that the red tide is gone.