“Don’t go outside without a hat on!” Floridians have been hearing this since we were little. Moms always knew best, right? As a result, generation after generation of Florida natives grow up with closets full of sweat-stained ball caps and hats. But the happy truth is that one well-chosen hat can last for years – and keep your face and neck safe from the sun’s rays.
Here are several models of hats we think are perfect for life under the sun.
You can call this a “fishing” cap but we think it’s good for any outdoor activity. It features a wide protective brim and mesh venting panels to keep your noggin cool. The drawstring lets you adjust the hat’s size as needed. Hand wash this and it will last for years.
Tilley built this hat so that the crown is slightly higher than the competition’s. Why? So that the hat doesn’t sit right up against the top of your head, allowing the mesh vents to keep you cool no matter the weather.
The wide brim and mesh vents will keep your melon cool while the back flap takes the heat off your backside. The chin strap is both adjustable and removable.
Not every hat needs to be saved for sweat-drenched afternoons in the Florida heat. This hat looks sharp in the evenings when you’re strolling down to the neighborhood bistro for a mojito. The size is adjustable using an interior strap, and the breathable construction gives it excellent ventilation.
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.