Though not officially summer, Memorial Day weekend signifies a shift in mood when we slow down, break out the grill and hit the beach. Here’s a guide to gear up for the holiday, whether that means refreshing your wardrobe, booking a jaunt to the Bahamas, or ordering a mess of perfectly smoked barbecue with comforting sides. Enjoy this special time with family and friends.


Taking Flight

Decorated with Bahama woodstar hummingbirds, Coco is the Bahamas’ first, year-round seaplane airline to launch in a half century. Its Cessna Caravan Amphibian private charters fly between Nassau’s Odyssey Aviation and several islands like Andros and Cat, as well as private resort islands such as Kamalame Cay. Flights from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport start June.


Sunny Shades

Palm Angels, the Southern California-inspired clothing collection founded by Moncler art director Francesco Ragazzi, introduced sunglasses. His initial launch offers two unisex styles with a nod to the Nineties. Sleek, rectangular acetate frames with oversized metal logos come in a range of colors from neutrals to tropical hues like lilac. Its Miami store opens July.


Twinning Tots

La Gotta sustainable swimwear introduced a children’s line. Its Costa Botánica capsule collection, a collaboration with Los Angeles artist Amanda Oleander, features swimsuits and coverups in matching florals and graphic prints for women, girls and boys. Oleander’s references to everyday flora such as houseplants and scattered leaves resonated with the nature-loving brand.


Star of Texas

South Florida’s barbecue scene claims many new upscale players like Hometown and Tropical Smokehouse. Slated to open Memorial Day weekend, La Traila Barbecue enters the fray with its Texas-style, smoked meats courtesy of Austin native and pit master Mel Rodriguez. He partnered in the Miami Lakes venture with NFL player Isaiah McKenzie.


Gucci Grows

Gucci is everywhere these days including the video game Roblox. The centenarian brand has been busy in Florida, too. Its Bal Harbour Shops boutique returned to its original space in the center. Find all fashion collections, home and beauty there. Gucci also expanded to Palm Beach Gardens with an accessories store in the Gardens Mall.