It’s the end of the season when we start saying goodbye to our Snowbird friends and begin welcoming quiet streets and long summer nights here in Florida. But before we get too glum about the “slow” season ahead, we have a few things to mention looking forward to. These are our favorite summertime activities here in Florida.
One of the main draws of the Gulf Coast is the beaches. With miles of soft, white sand and crystal-clear waters, the Gulf Coast boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you want to swim, surf, sunbathe, or relax and enjoy the scenery, there’s a beach for every taste and preference. The most popular Gulf Coast beaches include Clearwater Beach, Siesta Key Beach, and St. Pete Beach. The water is warm and shallow, and now that all the tourists are gone, there’s room to park and enjoy the day. And because beaches are what we do best, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day mark the beginning, middle, and end of what locals consider the best time of the year to beach it.
Unique Summer Events
One event that draws visitors to the Gulf Coast every summer is the Sarasota Music Festival. This annual event brings together some of the world’s most talented young musicians for concerts and performances that showcase the best in classical music. Whether you’re a seasoned music lover or simply looking for a fun night out, the Sarasota Music Festival is a must-see.
Another popular summer event on the Gulf Coast is the St. Pete Beach Craft Festival. This two-day festival features dozens of artists and crafters showcasing their handmade creations, from jewelry and pottery to paintings and sculptures. The St. Pete Beach Craft Festival is a great way to spend a summer weekend with live music, food vendors, and plenty of family-friendly activities.
When summer comes, and temperatures boil, our shallow beaches become surprisingly warm. It’s not uncommon for us to see temperatures of 80-85 degrees which sounds nice in winter but leaves one yearning to cool down in the hottest months. Thankfully, Florida is home to several natural springs where you’ll not only find crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife, but you’ll be able to cool down in refreshingly cold water for a day or two. Tube, dive, kayak, snorkel, paddle, or snap your camera along these popular routes, with numerous locals aiming to do the same. A few of our favorite “cool” spots include Weeki Wachee, Rainbow Springs, and Three Sisters Springs.
Some of you may be quick to argue with us, but part of what we love about the summer in Florida is the refreshing summer rains. Like a cool shower mopping the streets and chilling the air, our daily thunderstorms are part of the awe and beauty we experience in the summer months. When we see clouds billowing in the sky, we know to take cover and respite while we enjoy the show. A short while later, the streets are clean, the sand is packed, and life as we know it is ready to begin again.
If you’re new to Florida or hope to visit sometime this year, do not fear the “off-season.” It’s part of what we love about living in paradise, and we invite you to join us for our favorite summertime activities at Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort.