6 Beaches Worth Visiting in the Fall

Summer may be over, but beach season doesn’t have to be! This time of year can actually be a pretty magical season for coastal vacations—beaches tend to be much less crowded with the kiddos back at school and the weather is bound to be really pleasant. If you’re up for some coastal travel this autumn, below are a few U.S. few beaches worth considering.

1. South Padre Island, Texas

Plan your trip for early October if you want to catch the Sandcastle Days festival at this Gulf of Mexico beach. You can watch as master sand builders craft amazing sculptures and enjoy live music, children’s activities, and more. If the festival doesn’t sound like your thing, come a different week and visit Sea Turtle, Inc. (a turtle rehab and education center) or South Padre Island Adventure Park, complete with horseback riding and ziplining. [photo: Flickr/Wiki Creative Commons]


2. Gulf Shores, Alabama

Another gulf destination, the weather here in the fall tends to be perfect for beachside and water activities. The weather is especially glorious in October with highs around 79 degrees. For a fun, non-beach activity while you’re there – one that will help you enjoy the gorgeous fall weather, too – check out a local golf course or visit the Bon Secor National Wildlife Refuge. Oh, and if you happen to be in Gulf Shores October 10-13 this year, be ready to eat some seafood: The National Shrimp Festival will be going strong! [photo: Caleb Jones/Unsplash]


3. Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

With an average high temperature of 78 degrees in October, this Southern getaway is close to Charleston and offers clean, beautiful, and family-friendly beaches perfect for fall relaxation. [photo: Matt Benson/Unsplash]


4. Traverse City, Michigan

Since it’s on the coast of Lake Michigan, this is a different kind of beach, to be sure, but it’s on our list because of its great wineries and the breathtaking fall foliage you’re sure to encounter. (Pack sweaters for this trip, since highs will be in the 50s and 60s in the fall!) [photo: Dennis Buchner/Unsplash]


5. Clearwater, Florida

This beach tends to stay warm most of the fall, with October highs in the mid-80s, so swimming can definitely still be part of the equation. The good news about fall travel to Clearwater, too, is that you’ll miss the rainy season! (Plus, as the name suggests, the water is gorgeous.) [photo: Michael Longmire/Unsplash]


6. Capitola, California

Talk about picturesque – this beach town is a memorable one, peppered with brightly colored buildings. It will still be relatively warm during the fall months, and you’ll be able to witness some wonderful nature activities, including whale watching and monarch butterfly migration. [photo: Sean Barker]



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