3 Beach Towns to Enjoy an Off-Season Vacation This September

by Alex ThatcherSeptember 17, 2018

Ditch the Crowds and Expensive Vacation Rentals With an Off-Season Beach Vacation

School is back in session, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of time for one last beach vacation before the cold winter months take hold. September is a great time for off-season travel because while the weather is still mild, most of the tourists have gone back home. Hitting the beach in July or August is fun, but trying to find a quiet spot for your towel and umbrella on a packed beach isn’t quite as appealing.

This year, why not ditch the crowd with an off-season beach vacation in the fall, when you can enjoy the peace and quiet of a private beach? You may be done with your swimsuit for the season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fall for these incredible off-season beach destinations.

Off-season travel also means lower prices when it comes to flights, hotel reservations, and other travel expenses. An off-season beach vacation promises deeply discounted hotels and rentals, short lines, and plenty of space to stretch out on the beach and enjoy the serene environment. Use up the last of your summer vacation days with one last trip in September, and check out these three beach towns that are perfect for an off-season vacation.

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1) Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach is the perfect west coast off-season vacation town for folks who aren’t looking for hot sand and ocean swimming. While autumn on the Oregon coast is generally sunny and clear, temperatures range in the 60s and 70s, and water temperatures are generally pretty chilly. With that being said, Cannon Beach in the fall is a mecca for beach walkers and sand combers who enjoy the feeling of salty wind in their hair and a cup of hot chowder at the end of the day.

In the fall and early winter, a visit to Cannon Beach could mean a unique peak at some of the rare wildlife that emerges when the temperatures drop. Birds flying south for the winter make stops along the Oregon Coast, so Cannon Beach is the perfect destination for bird watchers looking for rare waterfowl. Roosevelt elk can also be seen grazing in the meadows on the outskirts of town. Spend an afternoon combing the beach for sand dollars, then enjoy delicious local seafood at the Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge.

2) Outer Banks, North Carolina

Folks looking for a remote beach vacation on the east coast need look no further than the Outer Banks of North Carolina. With over 100 miles of beach stretching across a chain of islands just off the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks is a dream location for off-season vacationers. There are multiple towns dotting the coast line, ranging from touristy towns with vacation-vibes like Kitty Hawk, to the ultra-remote island town of Ocracoke.

Spend the day exploring the many historic lighthouses throughout the Outer Banks or saddle up to go horseback riding along the smooth beaches, then settle down to enjoy locally caught fish from a plethora of restaurants to choose from. During the month of September, enjoy festivals and events like the OBX Arts and Crafts Festival, the Outer Banks Triathlon, and the Currituck Heritage Festival. Relax on nearly empty beaches, enjoy delicious food and drink, and bask in the island life sans tourists.

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3) Jacksonville, Florida

Looking for an off-season vacation destination where you can still get a tan? Jacksonville, Florida is the city for you. Florida stays relatively warm year round, so if you’re hoping for one last hot and sunny beach foray before the winter months, swing by Jacksonville in September. While the beaches, restaurants, and rentals stay busy all summer long, September offers a quiet respite before the snowbirds start to flock.

September in Jacksonville features local festivals like the Jacksonville Downtown Art Walk, the Hispanic Culture Film Festival, and the Bruval Void Craft Beer Festival. Enjoy these fun festivals with Jacksonville locals, and avoid the chaotic crowds of the summer. Pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and plenty of open parking spots makes Jacksonville in September the perfect beach town for an off-season holiday.

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Soak Up the Sun and the Sand This September

September is secretly one of the best times to hit the beach for a last-minute vacation. Soak up those last warm rays of sunshine while avoiding packed tourist attractions and long waits for dinner. Whether you prefer to wear a wool sweater as you stroll along the beach or you’re looking to jump in the water one last time, these amazing off-season coastal destinations will have you feeling beachy before autumn hits.

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Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.