The summer solstice is not until June 21, but on the Outer Banks it feels like summer. Air temperatures are warm and the breeze if from the south. The Atlantic hasn’t quite warmed up to mid summer temperatures yet, so it’s cool, refreshing and wonderful to get in that water.

The beach in Corolla has been picked a number of times as one of the best in the United States, and it’s no wonder—the sand is fine grained and the beach itself is wide.

We had a chance to be on the Corolla beach on Monday, dipping our toes in the ocean by the Currituck Lighthouse access. A little bit of chop to the surf wasn’t keeping anyone out of the ocean, and it felt great to feel the waves and the water taking our cares away.

There was a temperature difference between the water at 65-70 degrees and the air temp at 85, so a slight haze settled over the beach. The sun was still there, bright, intense as anyone who forgot to put on sunscreen certainly discovered.

The next few days look to be just about the same, so shake out the beach towel out, get the suntan lotion out, find a good trashy book to read and take some time by the sea.