9/17/2013

Best Beaches for Fall

The beach is a natural choice for summer fun, but did you know you can enjoy the beach in fall as well? 

Autumn is a great time to head to the beach because it's not crowded, is quite a bit cooler, and can reinvigorate the soul.  There's nothing like long walks on the beach in the crisp, cool afternoon or building sand castles under overcast skies.  Waves are typically higher and stronger during fall so surfers can really get their "hang-ten" on!  But which beaches are the best beaches for fall fun?

Thanks to USA Today, a list has been compiled.  (Full list here) Let's pick one from each coastline.

Galveston strand much less crowded.  Photo credit:  10best.com

Galveston Beach, Galveston, Texas.
It doesn't actually get cold in fall in Galveston, but for less sizzling, tolerable temperatures in the 70s-80s, the thinner crowds in Galveston are the way to go.  Weekend outdoor movies, concerts, and good times at Schlitterbahn continue until October.  Also, their trendy shops and restaurants along their Post Office Street Arts & Entertainment district can be enjoyed without heatstroke. 

Best Fall Events: Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival (September) and Annual ARToberFEST (October).
Post-Labor Day Deals: Book lodging through Galveston.com and get coupons valued at $500 to use at local restaurants, shops, and attractions.
Photo credit:  exploregalvestontx.com

Cannon Beach, Oregon.
For activities like hiking, swimming, and shopping in unpredictable weather that can go from mild temperatures to fog to rain and cold blasts, check out Cannon Beach.  You could start the day in short sleeves and end up by a cozy fire come nightfall.  Their array of choices from visiting Ecola State Park, to enjoying art galleries, antique stores, and coffee shops will certainly satisfy and ease stress.  You may never want to go back home.

Best Fall Events: Cottage Tours (September), Stormy Weather Arts Festival (November), and Mimosa Madness Cannon Beach (November).
Post-Labor Day Deals: Find lodging and attractions discounts on the Oregon Coast Visitors Association website
Cannon Beach monoliths shrouded in mist. Photo credit:  destinationnexus.com

Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Who doesn't want to visit Nantucket just once in their lifetime?  Fall may be the very best opportunity as it is usually packed to the gills in summer.  Autumn is a time when the ocean around Nantucket is at its warmest due to a shift in the tide.  Go back in time to cobblestone streets, pre-civil war architecture, cottages, and the whaling industry.  Rent and ride a bike around the island.  Walk the less-crowded beaches.  Throw on your cableknit sweater and enjoy fresh seafood while window shopping in town.  It's a dream come true for those who dream of east coast beaches on chilly fall days.

Pretty as a picture in Nantucket.  Photo credit:  ebay.com.
Best Fall Events: Nantucket Restaurant Week (September 30–October 6), Cranberry Festival (October), and Nantucket Historical Association's 14th Annual Harvest Fair (October).
Post-Labor Day Deals: In fall, Nantucket Island Resorts' Hot Dates, Cool Rates promotions start at $135 per night.
Photo credit:  money.cnn.com/Photographer Michael Galvin
 
Best Fall Events and Post-Labor Day Deals from USA Today.