What to do after sunset
I didn't want to hijack the "Early Sunset" thread so I'm posting this one.
I understand and can appreciate the longer, warmer winter days that you enjoy on the Islands.
However, I am an outdoors type person. I mean I like to spend time outside in the yard, piddling with stuff. Not fishing, hunting etc. kind of stuff. I just like the outdoors. What do people do there after sunset? I'm not a drinker/partyer type, although a drink with friends from time to time would be nice. I'm just curious, what do you all do after work? Those of you without kids or grown kids I mean?
We both start work early, and get off of work early, so more time to do stuff during the daylight hours. After dark, we either sit in the yard with friends, play cards, play dice, go out for dinner (rarely) or go up to the resort for a night swim in the pool. Pretty much the same stuff we did back in Phoenix, only with less light. 🙂
Honestly I thought your post on the sunset thread was a little odd when you questioned what people here do after sunset because it seemed to me that people here do what most people do after sunset in any part of the world.
As you've probably gathered already, both sunset and sunrise are fast because of our closeness to the equator, thus no lingering sunsets or sunrises. Gorgeous both, but not long-lasting,
What we do after sunset is subjective. The world doesn't just stop because the night falls whether that happens here at 6 or 730PM depending on the time of year. We eat at home or go out to eat, we close up shop, we go out to visit friends, meet up with friends outside, invite friends for dinner, watch TV, read, listen to music, clean house, do laundry, go to a community function, go to the movies, take in a show or a play, and basically do everything else which people do all over the world and certainly not in that order I've randomly listed.
Given our geographical location there are also such sorties as night dives and night snorkelling expeditions.
I hope I've helped in some small way in answering your question.
Beth & Connie
Thanks for responding to my question. I hesitated before posting because it seemed like an odd question to me too. It would only make sense that you don't do anything different than the rest of the world. I guess my concern is more centered around the impression I get, sometimes, from reading here. My impression is that crime is high and anybody out alone after dark will eventually become a victim. My concern is primarily for my wife's safety. I am having a difficult time deciding on whether or not to move her with me, or how soon after I move to bring here. All of this is speculation, as I have only recently begun to look into a move.
Elmer - from a female perspective- I would not say that you will eventually become a victim - but I did do things different there (STX). In the states - I feel like I can drive around, go to the stores that are open, etc and be fine...even do grocery shopping sometimes at midnight or walk in my neighborhood well after sunset. But there- all that is not open anyway- and I wouldnt go anywhere alone after dark unless it was to Foodtown and maybe Kmart- but only from about 7-8:30pm. Later than that- was usually a group of us in populated places.
So - it did limit my sense of safety and independence. And for me- increased my fear and anxiety. But that doesnt happen to all- I have friends (female) still there that love it and never have felt the way i do about it.
Elmer I disagree with Connie about being able to do the same things I did stateside her on stx at night. Maybe she came from a smaller town then I did but at night the options narrow down considerably. You can go out to eat, drink or go to a friends house. You could go to the movies but on stx sunny isles is far from the safest place at night and you take yer chances. In the last six months they have done alot of work (creating a shaded theather area and a nice children's playground) so hopefully they will get some good security there in the near future. But our options are very limited here maybe its better on stt.
This is one of the trade offs for having the beautiful beaches...lots to do during the day but at night you're very limited. So its a good idea to make good friends and keep them.