If you are visiting Siesta Key in the summertime, you’ll experience long sunny days, spectacular sunsets, and ample fun in the water. While you can certainly enjoy all the area has to offer, from sunup to nightfall, everyone must be aware of just how strong the sun’s rays actually are. Sunburn and heat are one thing – but heat stroke and dehydration can become dangerous very quickly – especially for those who are unaccustomed to life at the beach.

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Protect Yourself

Sunscreen: Experts recommend that you apply sunscreen before leaving in the morning and reapply throughout the day as necessary. Remember that you can burn even on a partly cloudy day. Be sure to reapply sunscreen if you are sweating or after swimming.

Hats (and Other Sun Protection): Hats are highly recommended to shield your head and face from the sun. Although many people like to get some sun, keep a lightweight or dri-fit shirt with you to cover up if the sun feels too intense or if you are outside for extended periods.

Umbrellas or Sunshades: If you will be out on the beach all day, be sure to rent oversized umbrellas or some type of beach canopy to provide shade. Being in the water and feeling the Gulf breeze can fool you into thinking the sun is less potent than it is. When not walking or swimming, relax in the shade. (Be sure to rent some awesome beach chairs when you rent your umbrella!)

Hydration: It is imperative to stay hydrated when out in the Florida sun. If you are exerting energy, such as biking, walking or kayaking, consider a drink to replenish electrolytes. Always have spare drinks with you and make sure everyone is hydrating frequently – especially small children, who can be adversely affected by the sun much more quickly than adults. Expert Tip: Alcohol actually dehydrates the body – so if you are drinking alcoholic beverages, especially in the sun, be sure to drink plenty of water as well.

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Best Times to Enjoy Siesta Key Sunshine

When you are on vacation in the summertime, it can be tempting to take full advantage of your time. However, multiple long days in the sun may cause more harm than good – so plan your days accordingly.

  • Strenuous activities such as biking or kayaking are best enjoyed in the early morning, or in the evening, as the sun doesn’t set until 8 pm or later. The sun is strongest between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, so you may wish to find shaded picnic areas or explore other attractions around the area. Remember – snorkeling during this time is a great way to stay cool, but your back, shoulders, and the back of your legs will be directly exposed to the sun – so take care to cover up and apply waterproof sunscreen liberally.
  • Beach walks are spectacular both at sunrise and sunset and offer fantastic photo opportunities.
  • After 4 p.m. is a great time to bring the kids out for swimming and playing, as you’ll still be able to enjoy hours of sand and surf with less concern about burns or excessive heat. It is still recommended, however, that you take all sun precautions until the sun is low in the sky. This is especially true at the beach or swimming pool, where water can reflect sunlight even later in the day.
  • If you want to explore Siesta Key during the heat of the day, consider renting e-bikes or scooter cars. This will minimize physical exertion that could lead to heat exhaustion, as well as allow a cool breeze as you move along more quickly. However, don’t forget to cover up and apply sunscreen.
  • Strong UV rays can also make you tired, so keep that in mind when planning a long day with small children. Look for clothing with UV protection, keep them out of direct sun as much as possible, and rent a stroller or covered wagon so they can nap comfortably.

Siesta Key delivers an amazing summer vacation experience—simply come prepared, and you’ll make lasting memories for your family. Ride and Paddle are proud to supply everything you need for a beach vacation: bikes and kayaks, coolers, beach chairs, and umbrellas. Be sure to ask about our beach wheelchairs, games, and more. Don’t pack it—rent it!