Twice I have spent the fourth of July on the beach. We stayed at the Watermark condos and sat on our balcony to watch the displays- public and private- up and down the beach.
One year the family who stayed in the condo next to us had family members with the same names of 3 in our family…what are the odds? That was a fun year. My kids and their kids would walk down to Flagler Ave and get smoothies at the little store. And it’s always fun to have friends to hang out with at the pool and beach.
The downside to staying at the beach in July is that it is hot. You say…”hey, I want it to be hot!” And I understand, but there is hot and there is unbearable. The second time we stayed there in July, it was unbearable. In July the pool and ocean water can be in the 80’s – in fact the pools are probably 90° and it’s just not able to cool you off. The sun is killer all day long, but by afternoon usually a thunderstorm would come along to block the sun…not cool things off- in fact the storms just make it more muggy…if that’s even possible.
My favorite time of day on the beach is always the evening after the drive-on traffic is gone and the lifeguards have packed up. The beach is much less crowded and if the waves are good the surfers will be out and you’ll find the remains of the days sand castles and holes dug by kids getting washed away.
That’s the time to collect beach treasures and look for dead jelly fish and watch the sun glint off the waves while the kids kick water at each other.
Ahhh…I wish I was there.