I knew I had “beat the heat” the moment my feet touched the white sand of Perdido Key State Park. Farther inland the air was sticky with humidity, the pavement hot to the touch even through my flip flops. By contrast, on the beach the coastal breeze ruffled my hair and the emerald waves of the Gulf of Mexico lapped at my toes, immediately cooling me down. With 1.4 miles of beach, I had plenty of room to stretch out!
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