By: Shelly Allen

“Wasted away again in Margaritaville, Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt. Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, But I know it’s nobody’s fault.”

Is there any better place to be than South Florida in the summer? Oh sure it’s hot and humid, sticky and sultry, but when all the tourists have gone and the pace slows, the traffic calms, and our favorite places are suddenly much easier to get a seat, it reminds us why we moved to paradise in the first place.

If you want hustle and bustle all year round move to New York or LA or any other big city in this country, as for me I’m staying right here. I love South Florida summers.

South Florida summers are for relaxing with a pina colada in one hand and sun screen in the other. Your feet resting softly at the edge of the ocean as the waves lap over your legs and the smell of salty air fills your nostrils and your lungs.

South Florida summers are so relaxing even the ocean takes a minute to exhale. It’s the best time of year for boaters as the water flattens so it resembles glass as you gaze at the horizon. The waves no longer crash in the surf it’s almost as though they glide into shore and gently recede back to where they came.

South Florida summers are for visiting all your favorite hangouts and enjoying all your favorite activities. As South Floridians we know the value of sunscreen, protective clothing and a lot of water to keep us safe as we kayak, bicycle, scoot, jet ski, swim, lay at the beach, or stroll down one of our many quaint streets like: Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach, Lake Ave in Lake Worth, or Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. There is so much to do in a South Florida summer and so many less people to hinder us as we do it.

Is it just me or do the people seem more friendly during the heat of our South Florida summers? Maybe we are all just too damned hot to be bothered with petty arguments or maybe it’s because we have reclaimed our slice of paradise for just a few short months.

South Florida summers are a lot of things to a lot of people but to me, with a classic Jimmy Buffet song playing in the background and a nice cold beer, South Florida in the summer is paradise.