5 Reasons Why Going to the Beach in the Fall is Actually the Best

August 21, 2017

I should begin by letting you know that this post will be completely biased. I absolutely LOVE fall on the Outer Banks. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll find me on the beach catching some rays any chance I get during the summer. But fall at the beach will forever hold a special place in my heart.

My family spends every Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks and the memories I’ve made during those weeks will last me a lifetime. Gathering the family in a beach house turns Thanksgiving from a one-day celebration into a weeklong one. I love experiencing both summer and fall on the Outer Banks as it is a chance to see just how much this collection of beach towns transforms from season to season. After the majority of vacationers have packed up and headed home, the Outer Banks towns take on entirely different atmospheres.

Find out my top five reasons for why fall is best spent on the Outer Banks.

1) Two Words: No. Traffic.

Summer on the Outer Banks is notoriously associated with traffic (it is a one-highway island after all). While the extra time spent in the car is always worth it once you make it to your vacation rental, the small inconvenience can be frustrating. That’s one thing that I love about fall on the Outer Banks though–the lack of traffic. Whether that means not being stuck on the bridge with what feels like the contents of your entire house packed with you into the family van or just being able to zoom down Croatan Highway, fall is definitely free of this stressor.

2) The Cool Down

While summer is the perfect time to get your Vitamin D fix, the cooler temperatures in fall make spending long periods on the beach much more enjoyable. A wonderful aspect of the North Carolina coast is that it doesn’t get too cold to enjoy the outdoors comfortably until December and January. This makes fall the ideal time to take long walks on the beach or explore one of the Outer Banks’ many parks.

3) Sea Shells and Sea Glass and Driftwood, Oh My!

Surprisingly, stormy seas have their perks. The occasional nor’easter in the fall will push buried treasures up onto the shore. I like to bring a bucket or bag with me anytime I go for a beach walk in the fall because I know there are going to be a bunch of goodies to find. Fall and winter months are when you’re most likely to find beautiful whelks and colorful sea glass.

4) (Almost) Empty Beaches

While this year’s beach nourishment project has helped make it A LOT easier for beachgoers to spread out more along the shore, the great thing about fall on the Outer Banks is that you don’t even have to worry about running into anyone. Fall on the beach offers a tranquil solitude that’s perfect for relaxing and recharging, reading that book that’s been sitting on your shelf since last Christmas, or even focusing on a project.

5) Save Some Dough

If all the above reasons weren’t enough to make you want a fall vacation ASAP, there’s also the little-added benefit of lowered costs. Outer Banks vacation rentals, groceries, and restaurants all lower their prices in the fall, winter, and early spring. Fall is like the coupon version of vacation. And who doesn’t love coupons?