Neapolitans face “season” every year from November to April with the highest population January to March. Whether you’re a year-round resident or a “snowbird,” these tips will help you manage those months a little better.
Any time you need to leave the house, think ahead! Traffic is heavier, wait times are longer, and parking lots are fuller. Allow at least 15 minutes more for your commute or errand.
Restaurant reservations certainly help alleviate the two-hour wait times at some popular eateries. Opentable.com is a great resource for foodies because you earn points for every reservation you make! Many restaurants that don’t offer reservations at least honor call-ahead-seating, so pick up the phone and let them know you’re coming!
If you aren’t heading to work or taking a child to school, try to avoid the roads between 7:30 am and 8:30 am and then between 4:30 pm to 6 pm on weekdays. I-75 gets especially backed-up during those times with frequent accidents. Keep those times in mind when making any type of appointment and you’ll save yourself a lot of stress by not dealing with the heavier traffic! If you must use I-75 to get to the airport around those times, give yourself at least an extra hour to travel.
If you plan on going to the beach, allow time to wait for a parking spot to open up. Oftentimes, I will expect to drive to at least two beach parking areas before finding a spot. Be open to trying different beaches, depending on the parking situation. Parking lots are usually full from 9 am to 2 pm, so either get there in the early morning or later in the afternoon. If you’re staying at a hotel, use the hotel shuttle when you can! If you’re a homeowner, get a beach parking sticker to save on parking fees! You can read more about beach parking here.
This may seem like a crazy tip, but believe me, gas lines can get crazy on the weekends, especially at Sam’s and Costco. Why? Boaters! People are filling up their boat tanks for a fun day on the water. Be cognizant of your gas tank’s status on Friday!
Need I elaborate? Customer service personnel are working their tails off and often putting in over-time to make up for the lower income months. Give them grace. Sitting in traffic is going to happen. Try not to get too frustrated. Lines at any pharmacy will be insane. Use the time to catch up on a podcast with headphones. Do what you have to do to manage your patience!