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beach in August

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beach in August

Although I used to live in Florida (Miami Beach), I never made it over to the west coast. I've heard that the gulf can be unreliable for surfing but I am really just interested in body surfing. My husband and I are considering a trip to LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in mid-late August. My question is about the waves in the Naples area. Would there generally be enough to body surf this time of year or is it generally too calm? Also, are there typically many jellyfish this time of year? MB has made me wary of them in recent years! The resort looks perfect for us otherwise. Thanks in advance for any information you can give!

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1. Re: beach in August

There is very little surf on the Gulf. Have been there in August many time and do not recall much if any body surfing. The water is beautiful though and I don't recall any jellyfish problems either.

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Your only chance to body board or even surf is if there are strong offshore winds kicking up the Gulf, and that is too unpredictable. Even during huricanes off shore I have seen 5 foot swells but it becomes so choppy it cannot be surfed, ( without dying) Most of the time the waves are like 12-18 inches. Skim boarding is popular but it is a teen sport as it is too rough on the body ( when you fall)

There is also a kite boarding class/course that if the winds are right seems fun. Standing paddle board has become popular in the calm waters, but usually I will see them go by standing and come back sitting or on their knees as it takes lots of leg tone.

No jellyfish but stingrays are possible

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