Tips for Staying Cool in the Florida Heat

July is one of the hottest months of the year in Florida; the brutal heat and humidity can hit anyone hard. During the summer months, keeping cool is more than just comfort – it’s also protecting your body against the possibility of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Stay cool while you’re vacationing in the beautiful Destin area this July.

Dress Appropriately
Wear a hat or carry an umbrella; wear light fabrics and light colors. Remember, wearing a hat or carrying an umbrella does not mean that you should skip on applying sunscreen!

Drink Water
Drink plenty of water… even if you are not thirsty. The humidity makes it harder to notice when you’re getting dehydrated, so you want to be drinking enough you never get thirsty. Avoid caffeine and alcohol during the hottest parts of the day.

Eat Light
Avoid heavy foods and opt for foods high in water content – fruits, salads, and soups.

Tip: Freeze a baggie full of grapes, watermelon or strawberries for a refreshing afternoon treat. You can also add frozen fruit to your water for additional flavor.

Embrace Air Conditioning
Take advantage of air conditioning when you get a chance, or consider carrying a small portable, battery-powered fan. Another option is a spray bottle to mist your face with some cool water.

Avoid the Midday Heat
The day is the hottest between noon and 4:00 p.m. This is a good time to have lunch, rest, go to a movie, or go shopping indoors. Board or card games are a great addition to your packing list for downtime! Or, find a shady place to avoid direct sun.

Use a Cooling Towel
Cooling towels are great if you plan on doing some physical exercise outside during the heat. You can either buy one or make one yourself with a scarf, sarong or bandana. Soak any of these in water and wrap around your neck or forehead. The evaporating water is sure to keep your body temperature steady.

Enjoy the Water
Take advantage of the many opportunities to play in the water! Sandpiper Cove has 5 swimming pools and 1,100 feet of private beaches for your enjoyment. Grab your sunglasses, hats and light clothing and enjoy splashing the water!

Book your end of summer vacation today!