Top Beaches to Visit in the Summer and Fall

With summer slowing starting to come to an end, it’s time for that fall vacation planning to begin. Fall is still a great time to visit the beach before winter arrives. This may be your last time to see the breathtaking water views and have the sand between your toes until Spring rolls back around.

If you could imagine any beach that you would want to visit, where would you choose? Decide if you want to stay local or travel a bit when trying to make your decision. All over the country, there are stunning beach options. So if you can narrow it down to what part of the country you want to visit, you’ve already planned a huge portion of your beach destination vacation already! If you are wanting to move forward with planning a beach vacation for your fall trip, here are a few suggestions for some top beach destinations to consider visiting. These 10 charming beaches are just as beautiful in the fall, not to mention they are more affordable during the fall months.


1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

If you are looking for a ton of great family-friendly fun, this is the beach for you. With over 60 miles of beaches, your toes will have plenty of time to spend in that warm and relaxing sand. Plus, there are budget-friendly options for all vacationers…and did I mention the food? Awesome food choices in abundance await! Best part? Don’t miss the walk on the boardwalk.


Top Beaches to Visit Nassau Bahamas

2. Nassau, Bahamas

If you are searching for clear water with tons of underwater activities, this is the beach getaway for you. With year-round beautiful weather, this may be the perfect beach destination that you’ve been searching for.


Top Beaches to Visit Algiers Beach Sanibel Island Florida Seashells

3. Sanibel Island, Florida

Get ready to go seashell hunting on the beautiful beaches of Sanibel Island. A peaceful, calm and tranquil beach that is great for relaxing. 15 miles of beaches, 25 miles of bike trails and over 200 different types of birds can be seen for your viewing pleasure.


Top Beaches to Visit Southeastern Shore Dauphin Island Alabama

4. Dauphin Island, Alabama

Talk about amazing sunsets and views that go on for miles. Immerse yourself in the culture and fun of this beautiful beach. There’s a reason that Dauphin Island is nicknamed the Sunset Capital of Alabama. You’ll have to view those incredible sunsets with your own eyes.


Top Beaches to Visit Waikiki Beach Oahu

5. Waikiki Beach, Oahu

One of the most popular beaches on Oahu, not to mention the most famous and recognized beach in the world! If you love to surf, this is the best destination for you. You’ll also enjoy their world-class dining, shopping, activities, and resorts. Pair all of that with the white sandy beaches and the clear blue water…are your bags packed and ready to go yet? Find more Waikiki Beach activities at GetYourGuide.


Top Beaches to Visit Atlantic City New Jersey Boardwalk Beach

6. Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City isn’t only known for their casino’s and nightlife…take a trip to see their iconic boardwalk and take a stroll along the breathtaking beach. Not only can you have a beach vacation, you can also find a lot of other activities going on as well on the family-friendly boardwalk. You’ll find fun attractions that the whole family can take part in.


Top Beaches to Visit Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts Lighthouse Beach

7. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

If you are looking to rub elbows with the rich and famous, this may be the beach destination for you. Known for it’s Hollywood following, Martha’s Vineyard also offers great beaches, food options, and camping, too. Its’ a great getaway for some fun in the sun.


Top Beaches to Visit Ocean Laguna Beach California

8. Laguna Beach, California

A quaint town known for its beautiful beaches. It’s easy to spend several days here, soaking up that California sun. Laguna Beach is known for their art galleries, coves, and beaches. If you like to surf, check out Aliso Beach. They also have an underwater park at Crystal Cove State Park and trails at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Make certain to pack the sunscreen and a few extra reading materials for those hours spent lounging on the beach.


Top Beaches to Visit Hilton Head South Carolina Lighthouse Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway

9. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Talk about a retreat style destination. Great resorts, beaches and golf courses to choose from, your days spent here are sure to be full of fun and adventure. The southwest tip features the Harbor Town Lighthouse and Museum. The Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge salt marsh, between the island and mainland, hosts deer, alligators, and birds.


Top Beaches to Visit Gulf Shores Alabama Gulf State Park

10. Gulf Shores, Alabama

Also known as “Pleasure Island“. With over 32 miles of white sandy beachfront viewing, this may be just the place that you are needing to retreat and relax. Close your eyes and listen to the waves crashing…immerse yourself in the peacefulness that this beach has to offer. Visit the Gulf State Park with glistening white-sand beaches, trails and a pier, plus a golf course and a zip line over the dunes.


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Have fun when planning your beach destination!  There are so many great options out there that it can feel overwhelming at times to try to narrow it down. Choose a couple that really speaks to you, and then dig deeper into the details of what they have to offer.  You may find that the more research you do, the clearer your decision will become on what sand you plan on dipping those toes in!

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Brandi Hayden

Brandi Hayden

I'm Brandi from suburbs of Memphis, TN. I enjoy trying new products & services, and sharing my experience with others. My blog consists of my "Theory" on products and everyday life from a babe born on Easter.

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9 thoughts on “10 Best Beach Destinations for Fall Travel”

  1. I’ve never thought of visiting a beach in the fall, but why not. This is a great list. Thanks for posting!

  2. All of these beaches look inviting especially when you live in boring ugly Illinois! We don’t even have a mountain, but we have High taxes to enjoy nothing!! These places are beautiful, relaxing and a superb place to visit! Pinning! Thank you for sharing!!

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