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Key West Summer Sun Tips

We’re trying something new today. You can now listen to the Sunshine Girl’s Audio Blog! Simply click the PLAY button below.

It’s the beginning of June, and we are already having summer in Key West. We are averaging temperatures in the high 80s and having lots of sun with passing showers. Rainy season seems to have started a little early this year. Never the less, we are good to go for sun and fun all summer long.

Are you ready for the summer sun and heat?

There are some things you might want to keep in mind if you are visiting our little island paradise this summer.

  • You are in the tropics and the sun is very intense. That was the first fact of Florida life I learned when I moved here. The sun really is stronger than what I was used to. So proceed accordingly. While you might be likely to remember the sunscreen at the beach and out on the boat, you really need to apply some anytime you’re going to be outdoors. Even when exploring the town on a scooter or strolling Duval; you should remember the sunscreen.
  • Cover up. “I wear SPF 100. . . I squeeze the tube really hard & a t-shirt pops out.” As great as sunscreen is, nothing really does the job as well as blocking the sun completely. If you’re not out on the beach working on your tan, then pull on a shirt and hat. Aside from the cancer risks, a sunburn just sucks all around. A serious burn can make you sick. I learned that lesson the hard way in the Bahamas on my honeymoon. I was lax in covering up and got a terrible burn on my back and shoulders. I spent the last couple of days of my trip drained and running a temperature due to the burn.
  • Hydrate. Not only do you need to take care of sun exposure, but you need to be aware of the heat as well. Generally speaking, you need to be sure you’re drinking plenty of water. But you need to be extra cautious of the alcohol as well. First of all the sun and heat will intensify the affects of the alcohol in your system. But more importantly, beer and frozen drinks will cause you to become even more dehydrated. That killer headache that comes with the hangover is because of dehydration. Take it easy on the alcohol drinking during the heat of the day and take in plenty of water and juice.
  • Wisdom of the ages: moderate. That really is the best advice anyone can give you. All things in moderation. Sure get out there and get some sun, the vitamin D will do you good, but don’t over do it. Drink and enjoy life, but don’t get excessive with it. Be active and have fun, but don’t over exert during the heat of the day. Nothing like a case of heat exhaustion to ruin a perfectly good vacation.
  • Keep an eye on your traveling companions. Parents with children practice this all the time. They keep an eye on their kids and make sure that they are drinking enough water, wearing their sunscreen, and not overdoing it in the heat. But, we must do that for all the companions we travel with. Be sure to offer water and sunscreen to everyone, even the adults around you, from time to time. Ask them how they are feeling. Be a good friend. You will have a great time and far fewer mishaps if you are looking out for one another.

There is so much to see and do here, and I want you to enjoy it all. Hopefully, you will take back lots of pictures and great memories and not a lobster red sunburn that will be peeling for days after you get home.

For more information about planning any Key West activities as well as bookings please just ask me either by leaving a comment, by email, or on Twitter. I would be happy to help.

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Key West Beaches

Oil Spill, Key West, and My Personal Opinion

Key West: The Family Friendly Side


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  1. * Alex says:

    Great stuff! Now I want come back to Key West more than ever!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
  2. * Alex says:

    Sound quality really good, too. Nice voice!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
  3. How fun to have Key West Sunshine come alive with a happy voice. This is a welcome addition to an already enjoyable column! Lots of good information here. It reminds me that I read just this week about Consumer Reports studies that say it isn’t necessary to pay a lot for sunscreen – budget-priced ones are often better than expensive choices. But no matter how much you pay for sunscreen…it’s the using it that counts most. As Michelle reminds us, sunscreen doesn’t do much good if you leave it in the tube.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago

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