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Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero are winter homes for many “snowbirds” who fly North each Spring. The area is also home to many full time residents who enjoy the Florida climate and lifestyle all year long. It seems that every year, more and more snowbirds opt for full time residency in Southwest Florida.

What is it like in July? With the Gulf breezes and frequent afternoon showers, it is a lot cooler here than in many major U.S. cities, like: Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Phoenix, etc. The sun is a regular visitor.

Florida residents have learned to play golf, tennis, bike, jog, and walk fairly early in the day, when temperatures are in the 70s and 80s. Afternoons are for chilling out in the pool, or enjoying the air conditioning. Usually, evenings are pleasant for outdoor dining and activities.

Jan and I spent a few weeks in Indiana in June. It was our annual trek to spend time with family and old friends. It was rainy, cool, and golf courses were closed due to flooding. We found ourselves yearning for the Bonita Springs sunshine and beautiful golf courses.

From May through October, with the exodus of snowbirds, private golf clubs in the area “reciprocate” with each other. This gives club members an opportunity to play over 50 otherwise private area golf courses. It is world class golf with affordable greens fees. Many snowbirds would be amazed how much golf is played in the summer in Southwest Florida.

In addition, restaurants and retail outlets are relatively un-crowded during the summer months. Reservations are rarely needed, and “twofer” dinner specials are everywhere. Many Florida residents consider summer the “peak season”.

If you are considering making our area your full time residence, I encourage you to visit during the summer and see the Florida lifestyle for yourself.