Whether you’re a Florida resident or spending time in the state for a vacation, summers can get pretty heated. From staying safe under the hot blazing sun to finding fun ways to stay cool, there are plenty of things you can do to beat Florida’s summer heat. Here are just a few suggestions for keeping your cool under that hot summer sun.
Staying Safe in the Heat
Keeping yourself safe in Florida’s harsh heat comprises more than just looking after your health, although that is important. It also means protecting your vehicle from getting overheated. Whenever possible, try to park in the shade to limit how hot your car gets, while you’re away from it. returning to a hot car can make driving difficult and can cause the engine to become overheated in less time.
Whether you live in Florida or visiting, there’s no getting around the importance of staying hydrated. Even if you’re not spending time outdoors, the heat can cause you to become dehydrated rather quickly. It’s important to drink plenty of water, no matter what you’re doing. If you’re not getting enough water, you could pass out, or you could suffer from a more serious medical condition.
For residents faced with housework or strenuous jobs, try to get physically exhaustive tasks done earlier in the day or later in the evening. After 10:00 a.m., the sun reaches a peak and the heat can become a danger to those involved in intense physical activity.
Keeping Busy on a Hot Summer Day
If you’re looking for ways to spend your summer afternoon, there are plenty of wondrous activities available to you along Florida’s coasts. For instance, you might choose to spend the day at one of the many beaches that makes the state such a big attraction for spring-breakers. This could be the perfect time to learn how to surf or to rent a jet ski. While residents may have access to good custom pools Naples, anyone, local or tourist, can take advantage of the surrounding ocean to cool off in the summer sun.
Away from the waves, Florida is also known for its live entertainment. Even if you’re living on a tight budget, there are plenty of free concerts throughout the state. Check your local newspaper to find upcoming live concerts, which are often hosted at area parks and other outdoor venues.
Submerge Yourself in Florida’s Natural Beauty
If you’re looking for more specific ideas for whiling away your day off, you might consider taking a drive along highway A1A. This route is often chosen as the perfect road for leisurely road trips, because of its scenic beauty. The drive can be enjoyed from the Georgia state line and followed all the way to Key West. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and sightsee along the way, or you might find a nice place to stop for lunch and shopping.
Another way to beat the heat is to visit Blowing Rocks Preserve, where the Anastasia limestone formations draw visitors from far and wide. You can spend time admiring the rock formations, which can deceptively resemble dried lava flow, or you can take a dip in the deep blue waters for some swimming, surfing, or snorkling.
If you’re near Palm Beach County, visiting
is another great way to spend the day. This long-time staple of Florida has been giving visitors a unique “cageless zoo” experience for over six decades. This is still the only drive-through safari experience available in the state, giving guests the opportunity to see a wide range of wild animals in a natural habitat.
There are many ways to beat the heat in Florida. Activities to fit every budget are widely available, no matter what part of the state you live in. As long as you drink plenty of water, don’t spend too much time in direct sunlight, and don’t over exert yourself, there’s no limit to the ways in which you can create a happy and entertaining summer experience.
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Author: Vincent Stokes is an outdoor enthusiast and an experienced world traveler. He also writes writes for the National Parks and works to promote pride in homegrown travel destinations. You can also connect with Vincent on G+ or twitter (@TravelingGlobal)