The slow season for tourists is prime time for locals to experience all that Naples has to offer.
Summertime in Naples, Florida is considered the off-season. The snowbirds have gone back to their homes and most tourists stay at bay due to the humidity and high temperatures of Southwest Florida summers. But what you don’t hear about is how much many locals living in Naples count down the days until the slower summer months. Summertime is the season where you can really take advantage of all that Naples has to offer.
The hot weather has its benefits
In the summer, the Gulf of Mexico averages approximately 85 degrees, an ideal temperature for relaxing offshore on a noodle or raft. Granted, the heat on the beach can seem unbearable between 10 am and 2 pm each day, but hit the sand in the morning or afternoon and you can spend the rest of your day running errands or exploring different activities that Naples has to offer.
Because of Florida’s subtropical latitude, there are tons of hours in the day. The sun rises earlier and sets later, giving you more daylight to enjoy everything you love to do in Naples, whether it’s paddle boarding, fishing, or just relaxing with friends and a cool drink.
During “season,” driving on US 41 and other local roads can be a traffic jam. Residents find themselves strategizing how to avoid peak times of day and many avoid trendy 5th Ave, their favorite restaurants, and even the beach due to overcrowding. Fortunately, the roads, stores, and restaurants thin out come May and June. People are naturally more friendly, and the pace of life in Naples becomes even more relaxing.
Since there are fewer travelers flocking into town, the hotels and merchants need to find other ways to attract locals. Hotels drastically lower their rates, enticing residents with “staycation” options. What’s more, fantastic local events start to take advantage of the extra space. The ArtsNaples World Festival starts off the summer in early May, the Naples Beach & Golf Hotel offers outdoor jazz concerts on the Watkins Lawn, and the Taste of Collier, a longstanding Naples tradition, lets locals sample savory treats from the top restaurants in Collier County. These family-friendly events allow you to enjoy your hometown at a huge discount.
Offseason is nature season
Summer may bring you indoors, but it brings out the sea creatures. Sea turtle nesting season lasts from March to October, and locals enjoy monitoring the progress of nests on the beach. Nearly 90% of sea turtle nesting in the US occurs in Florida, allowing locals to watch these creatures return to their home beaches to lay eggs – a truly remarkable experience that most folks don’t get the chance to witness. And the summer months are the perfect time for dolphin sightings at sunrise and sunset.
If there’s a time to truly experience Naples at it’s most relaxed pace, it’s in the summer. Thinking of moving to Naples? Let Encore Realty Dante Disabato help you find the ideal home. Visit our fill out a contact form today and check out the real estate listings available in paradise.