I think if you are looking for a great beach read, anything by Carl Hiaasen is a good bet! He is a master of creating quirky characters, who, at first blush, seem just plum crazy, but after you get to know them, have some sort of message to bestow upon the reader ... in a completely non-preachy way, of course.
As with all of his books I've read thus far, Carl Hiaasen sets his plot smack dab in the middle of South Florida, and spends the majority of his time, spinning a story revolving around the seemingly crazy nature of South Florida. The fast paced switch from one richly written character to another is anything but seamless, and you are left laughing in spots ... nodding in agreement in others ... and absolutely mystified by the demoralization of human nature in others.
Stormy Weather is set in Miami, right at the hurricane of the century is preparing to level this area. A whole raft of characters set on evil deeds begin teaming from the proverbial woodwork in the after-math of the storm, and the literal and figurative storms they must all weather in their unforgettable and inevitable end is both entertaining and humorous.
Buckle your seat belt! It will be a bumpy ride! Definitely a book to pack for your next water-front vacation.