Lifeguard shack in South Beach displaying beach warning flags

In Miami Beach, the water is warm enough for year-round swimming. The ocean is at its warmest from July until mid-August, when the temperature averages 86 °F (30 °C). January is the coldest month with water temps usually around 71 °F (22 °C).

Want to check conditions before heading out to the beach?

Miami Beach Ocean Rescue has a hotline that provides water safety conditions and the water temps in Miami Beach. Just dial 305-673-7714 to listen to a recorded message in English or Spanish with current beach conditions. The recording also includes the color of warning flags flying at lifeguard stands and what the colors mean. Please keep in mind that lifeguards are on duty from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

Surf conditions are also available online at

Tips: use sunscreen and always swim near an on-duty lifeguard.

After a long day at the beach, head over to Lincoln Road for dinner, drinks, and great people-watching.

Enjoy South Beach!