For Miami locals, summer seems the least popular of our
four two seasons. We bemoan the humidity, the lack of exciting events, and the slow trickle of our tourist-based economy. We bitch about various annoyances and long for the winter to return.
But despite these perceived flaws, we could easily argue that summer in Miami beats summer, winter, fall, or spring almost anywhere else. We've got a lot going for us, even in these off months. Here's what:
Northeastern beachgoers have to face painfully inconsistent weather
conditions for their measly three months of sun time, we're lucky enough
to count on that tropical sunshine more often than not. Yes, we get our
rainy spells (the last week, for example), but most tropical showers
pass quickly, allowing us to soak up that summer sizzle. (But not too much -- sunburns are for tourists, y'all.)2. A slow tourist influx means more room for us.
Fewer crowds, less traffic, easier parking. What, now that it's easier to get out and do the things you love, you're gonna give up just because it's a little humid outside? Seriously -- this is the time to take advantage andvisit all the places we'd usually find annoying
. South Beach on a Saturday afternoon, anyone?3. Hurricane
season means possible party time.
We only hope for Category Two storms, of
course, but there's always the chance we'll get to hunker down for a hurricane party and miss some work time. It's the closest thing we're ever going to get to a snow day. We can dream, can't we?4. Free stuff for locals.
Summertime's when businesses can afford to get a little more generous.Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
offers free Sundays in August.Zoo Miami
has $5 admission days. TheTrump International Beach Resort
offers special summer rates for locals. Not to mentionMiami Spice
andMiami Spa Month
. We clean up in the off season, y'all.5. Mangoes
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and avocados for all.
The tropical fruit crop is so lush locals line
the sidewalks with baskets full of said produce. While Bostonians are
paying $3.50 per mango, we can't eat the stuff fast enough; we're literally giving the stuff away so it doesn't rot on the tree. Even if you're not lucky enough to have a tropical fruit tree in your backyard, you likely know someone who does. If you're buying your mangoes at Publix, you must be hard-up for friends.