Now Entering: Shoulder Season in South Florida

Now Entering: Shoulder Season in South Florida

Nick Polutchko
Posted by Nick Polutchko
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The sun's setting a little later, the temperatures are getting a little warmer, afternoon rain showers are going to start creeping into the schedule, and the crowds will get a little thinner. Welcome to shoulder season in South Florida. Here are some ways to take advantage of this off-peak stretch before summer.

a sunny day in April in West Palm Beach, Florida

When is Shoulder Season in Florida?

Peak season in South Florida is typically February-April. It's when families take their kids on Spring Break, when adults come down for a late-winter, early spring escape from the snow or freezing rain, when college kids flock to the beaches, and when retirees, snowbirds, or soon-to-be retirees/snowbirds all add to the crowds. 

"Shoulder Season" also known as "off-peak season" happens twice in South Florida: once in November-January, and once in April-June. Shoulder Season is great for locals because the weather is still near-perfect most days (with the exception of the couple colder weeks a year in December or January) but the crowds are thinner. For those who don't have to adhere to a school calendar, shoulder season is probably the best time to visit South Florida. 

Things to Do During Shoulder Season

Rates for a lot of things start to come back to earth after peak season. For instance, most public golf courses dropped their rates a little on April 1st, or will soon. So, here's a little list of some classic South Florida activities that you're more likely to be able to book/enjoy during shoulder season, and for a lower cost than during peak season.

  • Golf: again, rates at most public courses drop, and some private clubs offer summer trial memberships
  • Boating: whether you're looking to book a fishing charter, find a spot at the sandbar, or go out on a sunset cruise, there will likely be fewer people out there, and those who are out there are more likely to be local and more likely have real boating experience
  • Dining & Happy hours: reservations get less competitive, wait times fall, and the likelihood of finding a good seat at the bar during happy hour increases
  • Concerts: many artists typically aren't touring during January-March, so April kicks off when more big names start making stops in South Florida's concert venues
  • Day Trips: been wanting to get up to the parks in Orlando? Check out the Springs? Make your way to the Keys? April-June is a great time for a day trip or weekend getaway
  • Beaches: of course, finding a good parking spot at one of our beautiful beach parks gets easier. Although, the sand is about to get hotter, so watch those bare feet, and those of your dog!

These are just a few things that make shoulder season something to look forward to for those of us who are lucky enough to call South Florida home. And for those of you who just recently visited and have the ever-so-common thought of moving here, well, we're here to help. Our local experts can help you find the perfect community, neighborhood, and home to fit your South Florida vision. Browse the currently available properties, then get in touch with us!

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