As much as Miami means “beach,” it’s not for everyone all of the time, but rather, to reference Abraham Lincoln, it’s only for some of the people, some of the time. One reason some people stay away from the beach is the summer heat. While the beach waters cool us off, it’s not worth the hassle of getting there, lying in the sun, and trekking back in a climate which is just too darn hot. The amount of time spent in beating-down heat can render the experience unpleasant, save for the 20 minutes you’re actually in the water. Cost-benefit? Not favorable!
The Advantages of Miami in September
All hope is not lost: Autumn is up-and-coming, officially starting in three weeks’ time. While we don’t see its effects as much in Miami as in the more-northern states, we do feel the temperature going down. For people who prefer to steer clear of high temperatures at the beach, September offers the beginning of a respite. While the first end of September still resembles summer temperatures (highs around 89/90°F), give it a few weeks, and the temperature will likely take a downturn for the better. Come late September, you won’t have to wait for nightfall to have a cooler beach experience. All told, autumn in Miami makes a midday beach rendezvous all the more enticing, because you no longer feel like it’s too hot for the beach. And for parents whose children are (finally!) back in school after summer break, going to the beach on a workday offers a convenient, welcome staycation sans kids, even if it’s just for a few hours.
September beach outings also offer the benefit of sand space. That is to say, tourist season is over, which means no more huge crowds. By contrast, during Miami’s peak summer months, the beaches are often so dense that you can’t even find a spot to fit your lounge chair. Once autumn comes around though, Miami beaches are much less populated, which means room for you, yours, and your lounge chairs.
Be Prepared for a Rain Check
While September offers Miami lower temperatures and room to spread out on the beach, you still have to be able to take it day by day when planning. Why? Because there is a much higher chance of rain in Miami during September. Oh right, and the infamous hurricanes. But if you’re willing to literally weather the risk of storms, you can take a Miami beach staycation at the drop of a hat in September. Or, simply be flexible to change gears and do something indoors – there are myriad things to do in Miami in September, including going for a spa treatment.
Whether you’re a Miami resident, or simply visiting Miami in September, it’s worthwhile considering beach time for its advantages during the start of autumn. Enjoy!