During the winter months, those of us who live in Naples tend to enjoy the envy of our northern friends and families when it comes to weather. That comes to a rather abrupt end around this time of year when the temperatures, when the average highs start hitting the 90s and the lows are just north of 70 degrees.
Some Floridians “abandon ship” during the summer months, but there are a lot of us who love it here all year round and have found ways to cope. Here are a few tips on how to stay cool during the Naples summer. If you’ve been around the area for a while, these may be familiar with them. If you’re somewhat newer to the area, you may not have thought of them, yet.
- Timing Makes a Difference: You've heard people say that "timing is everything." That’s really true when planning outdoor activities in Naples in the summer. Whether you’re into doing a rigorous run, an invigorating walk, or out for a bike ride to get in some exercise, plan your exercise routine for the earlier hours. Not only will you stay cooler, but things also tend to be less crowded in the early morning hours. Some people prefer a stroll after the sun goes down. That’s great if you live in a safe area—but don’t forget the mosquito repellent!
- Dress for (Cool) Success: It may seem obvious, but lighter, loose-fitting clothing can make a big difference in how comfortable you are. These days there are a lot of quick-dry materials available that look great as well as being good for wicking away moisture. You can also find fabrics that have built-in UV blockers to keep the harsh Florida sun at bay.
- Don’t Skip the Sunscreen: Putting on sunscreen isn’t just something you do at the beach anymore. Sunburn can sneak up on you in this area. In addition to making you feel hot (and burned) it presents a serious risk for skin cancer. There are a lot of moisturizers and lotions that feel great and smell great (or have no fragrance at all, if that’s what you prefer). You don’t have to slather on zinc oxide to protect yourself, but you should get in the habit of using sunscreen anytime you go out.
- Drink: No, we’re not talking about the, “It’s 5 O’ Clock Somewhere,” kind of drinking, we’re talking about the importance of staying hydrated. You don’t have to overdo it, but make sure you’re drinking plenty of water each day. If you’re going to be outside for periods of time, drink a little more—before and after. It’s a natural way to stay cooler.
- Air It Out: Here’s one tip for your home. Sometimes people in the Naples area get a bit tired of nothing but air conditioning. Take advantage of those early morning hours (and gentle sea breezes) when the temperatures are low. Open some windows and let some outdoor air in for a few minutes (use your ceiling fans to circulate the air). Then close things up before the temperatures start to climb.
There are so many things to do in the Naples area—even in summer. You don’t have to hide away in your air-conditioned home just because it’s a little warm. Try some of these tips and get out there to enjoy what Naples has to offer!