By Nick Marino
Updated July 30, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

To best experience summer via music, wrap your ears around some swaying Caribbean grooves. Your ambassador: Buena Vista Social Club vocalist Portuondo, who plants you on a Cuban beach with Flor de Amor, a daydreamy album made with a cabana-ful of mostly acoustic instruments and a voice as rich and deep as a bottle of rum.