Getting through a South Florida summer is more than just finding the perfect temperature balance on your air conditioner. It means being prepared for all kinds of outdoor activities, and having the best mix of goodies to get you from sand to sea in no time. While you’re keeping your to-go bags ready for any kind of adventure as summer winds down, make sure to stock up on tools from local businesses who need your support most during this time. Here are our can’t-miss favorites:

BEACH ACCESSORIES

Let’s start with the sunshine necessities. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose beach towel, Fouta Harissa is your best bet. They design their foutas in Brazil, work with loomers in Tunisia, and sell them out of South Florida in a variety of styles and colors. Shield your eyes in style with hand-crafted, affordable and locally-sold Biscayners Sunglasses with shapes for every face and taste. Finally, stow them in a badass canvas tote from Books & Books, alongside your new favorite beach read.

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SWIMWEAR

Most importantly is the summer uniform: your bathing suit. Some of us need suits specifically tailored to our body shape, and Maheli Heli does just that at her swimsuit atelier. The Tropics boasts sustainable swim apparel for both men and women made from recycled plastic found in our oceans. For more classic shapes and styles, Ray of Light Swimwear is another great local option. Head to The Onikas for some hand-crafted cover-ups that flow in the wind and keep things breezy.

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SKIN NEEDS

Protecting our skin is of utmost importance during the summer time, so no wonder South Florida has multiple options. Black Girl Sunscreen has taken over the world and with their nourishing mix of oils, it’s great to see true representation when it comes to sun protection. If you’re looking to splurge, Sana Skin Studio offers a variety of clean beauty options for sun care. If you want to take care of your skin after the sun, Lilly Be just released a luxurious “Apres Sun” oil you have to have. And for after the beach, rub some locally-crafted Beach Bum on to ensure no irritation may occur.

FUN TOYS

Maybe you’re stocked in all of the above products already, but need some serious toys to get the last few weeks of summer fun started. Get on the water in style with Clear View Kayaks, where you can rent your own kayak with a perfect view into the water while you glide. Maybe you just want a nice lazy day outside in the breeze, so Warimba‘s beautifully-designed artisan hammocks would be a perfect fit.

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Cover photo by Jordan Braun.