Planning your perfect beach getaway can be expensive and have you dealing with crowds. If you’re looking to save some dough, have the freedom to explore the beach stress free, and still have a great vacation in a beautiful location, check out these picks for best off season beaches.
1. Block Island, Rhode Island
This east coast island is packed with tourists during the summer, but in the autumn the weather is still pleasant and you can practically have the beach to yourself. Some of the summer attractions may not be open, but the island ferry is running several times a day and shops are open on the weekend. A handful of Block Island’s restaurants are open as well. Activities include hiking natural trails, renting a moped or bike to tour the area, or exploring 17 miles of lovely beaches.
2. Port Isabel, Texas
For a more mellow experience of this beach city, head over in the Fall. Port Isabel is the oldest city in Texas, so there is history in the air as well as waterfront accommodations, fine dining, and fun attractions. The Port Isabel lighthouse offers stunning views of the bay. For foodies, there’s the World Championship Shrimp Cook Off on November 4th to look forward to.
3. Pink Sands, Harbour Island, Bahamas
For this well known destination, autumn marks the end of hurricane season and the best time to visit the island if you’re on a budget. High end resorts are open and more affordable. Enjoy a stay in a private cottage, dine on Caribbean fusion cuisine, and enjoy calming views of the Atlantic. Savvy vacationers who choose to visit in the months leading up to the high season can save as much as $750 a night at the island’s best hotel.
4. Pacifica, California
Autumn is the harvesting season for dungeness crab in the region and visitor’s can catch their own off the pier at Sharp Park Beach. All you need is your own equipment – there are no fees or licenses required. For hikers, there’s Milagra Ridge overlooking the Pacific and offering encounters with the area’s myriad of wildlife.
5. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
The most popular of the island’s 125 beaches offers both surfers and tourists something to enjoy. November to February are the best months for surfing, and also for enjoying the spectacle. Waves can reach up to 20 feet high during these months, giving the most daring surfers a chance to break records.
6. Ingonish, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
For avid bird watchers and beginners, this is the place to spot the biggest variety of shorebirds. Stay at an oceanfront cottage and enjoy hiking, dining, and of course, birdwatching along the shore.
7. La Jolla Cove, California
The protected waters of the cove are home to some of the best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving. Underwater visibility is excellent and there are plenty of reefs, shipwrecks, and ocean canyons to explore. Luxurious oceanfront accommodations are nearby for rest and relaxation.