"My favorite thing in life is being a dad right now, so more than anything I want him with me."

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Updated December 02, 2020 10:57 AM
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Miami may be the place to party, but when it comes to having a family, Jeffrey Dean Morgan says the Florida hot spot is far from perfect.

“Miami is not optimal for raising a child. It’s optimal if you’re 22 years old and want to go [party] every night,” the actor, 47, tells PEOPLE.

As he was on location shooting his now-canceled show, Magic City, Morgan admits the tourist destination quickly turned his family — including Hilarie Burton and their son Gus — into total beach bums. Fortunately, the 3-year-old was more than happy to spend his days splashing in the ocean.

“Really all we could do was go to the beach,” the actor says, adding he spent six to eight weeks working 16-hour days, making quality time hard to come by.

“Sunday mornings we’d head to the beach and we’d be there for eight hours a day,” he shares. “[My son’s] a little bit of a water baby so he loves the water.”

With the summer days quickly coming to an end, Morgan is not looking forward to the fall — particularly the start of school.

“The whole program’s going to get shuffled and that’s going to suck. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he says. “My favorite thing in life is being a dad right now, so more than anything I want him with me.”

— Anya Leon