[dropcap]J[/dropcap]uly settles you into the summer heat, like a too-quickly-eaten meal settles into your stomach; a little uncomfortable at first, but then the digestive juices start to flow and it’s all good. Hot sun yields to long days, warm water, and homecoming and Independence Day festivals – both July 4th and 10th. The Bahamas turns 42 this year! The surf? Okay, not epic generally. So be prepared as I like to say to “wage heavy beach.” Places like the Abaco cays go Richter in July as swarms of visiting boaters enjoy the beautiful Sea of Abaco. If there’s any swell moving in the North Atlantic, Abaco is one place to find it in the Bahamas in July. Our island of Eleuthera welcomes its own contingent of Florida boaters, many never making it further than Harbour Island, for a big July 4 party. Small waves rule the day and barring an early season tropical storm – Bill was hitting Texas as we went to press – have that longboard or fish handy. After heavy rains in May and early June kept water temps nice and cool they have steadily climbed into the mid-80s. Please leave those lobsters in their holes. No mini-seasons here; opening day is August 1st. By the time you read this our Tenth Annual Surf Camp will be in full swing. The July 6-11 ‘Tween’ Week has just a couple spots remaining. Contact yours truly for more info, and until next time enjoy our wild Bahamas!