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Best Fall Beach Vacation Ideas

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Fall beach vacation? Absolutely!!! After all, you know my theory – it’s NEVER a bad time to go to the beach.  Even standing on the beach in Atlantic City in January with snow on the ground was breathtaking.   

When Autumn arrives, many folks start to go into hunker down mode. With the craziness caused by the pandemic leaving us all frazzled and out of whack, I’m more ready than ever to walk on the beach no matter what time of year it is. How about you?  Below are some great fall beach vacation ideas:

Fall Beach Vacation Ideas

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  • Gulf of Mexico beaches. The Gulf of Mexico stays warmer into Fall making any of the beaches perfect for a fall getaway. My favorites are Clearwater, Bonita Springs, St. Petersburg, Siesta Key, Pensacola, Gulf Shores in Alabama, Galveston in Texas. And of course my number one – Panama City Beach. Yes I am partial to Florida Gulf Coast beaches. The main reason is the white sandy shoreline and turquoise waters. But I also love the Atlantic side of the state. Recommended hotel in Clearwater Beach: Pier House
  • Atlantic side of Florida beaches. Not to be shoved aside, there are many gorgeous beaches up and down the east side of Florida. My favorites are Miami Beach, Hollywood Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Vero Beach, St. Augustine Beach and of course beautiful Jacksonville beaches. There are many beaches you are able to drive your vehicle directly onto the beach including Daytona Beach and Jacksonville Beach. But keep in mind the 4-wheel drive requirement is there for a reason. Every time I’ve visited one of these beaches, someone is stuck in the sand. I personally prefer beaches without cars on them but can see how it’d be easier for a family to have their vehicle nearby when spending a day at the beach. Recommended hotel in St. Augustine Beach: Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach.
  • Moving up the east Atlantic coast there truly isn’t anything as pretty as fall in the north. The brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red along the shore line are breathtaking. In my opinion? Beach vacations in the northeast just might be even better than summer vacations. The coolness of the air allows for beautiful bonfires on the beach in the evening while days spent strolling along the boardwalks and shorelines create many wonderful memories. One of my favorites is located in Newport, Rhode Island. Recommended hotel: Madison Beach Hotel
  • Myrtle Beach, SC. This is actually one of my favorite beaches all year long. Not quite as hot during the summer as Florida but also not as cool as the northeast in the fall. Recommended hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach/Oceanfront
  • Can’t forget the beautiful west coast of the country! So many beaches so little time comes to mind when you visit California up through the northern part of the state of Washington. I know the water is cooler in the Pacific than it is on the east coast but it’s still absolutely as gorgeous. Although I love all the beaches along the pacific, I am partial to Oregon beaches. Fall can actually be the warmest time for beaches in Oregon. Water is warmer BUT there are few crowds to deal with. Even better? Prices for hotels and other accommodations significantly reduce making Oregon a very budget friendly fall trip. Recommended hotel: Hallmark Resort & Spa Cannon Beach
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My favorites within the continental USA. Watch for my favorites outside the 48 states including Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean. What are you waiting for? Go hit the beach!

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About Denise

Denise Sanger lives a life split between her love for fitness and her passion for travel particularly to the BEACH.  Denise also has a love of marketing and lives in beautiful Suwannee County, Florida. You can find out more about Denise here: About Denise

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