The best time for a beach vacation is after Labor Day! At least, that is, if you’re lucky enough to be able to travel to the beach after Labor Day. One of the perks of being an empty nester is having the freedom to travel any time of year, even to the beach.
Most of us love to spend at least a small amount of time at the beach. It is, for me, a source of relaxation and a time to think deep thoughts about life in general and to refocus on what is most important. A re-centering of myself, if you will. Listening to the rhythm of the waves gives me a sense or feeling that all is well in this moment. Since becoming an empty nester, that opportunity to relax and live in the moment has become a lot easier to accomplish, mainly because most of my beach time is spent after Labor Day. I’ve come up with 3 major reasons why I believe the best beach vacay is after Labor Day.
Beaches are Less Crowded after Labor Day
After Labor Day schools start up again and families with school-age children have said their goodbyes to the beach! Even universities begin classes before or just after Labor Day. That leaves the beaches much less crowded and free for empty nesters and retirees to head to the coast for a quiet, relaxing time on the water.
Less crowded beaches also mean hotels and resorts are less crowded. The last time I looked up hotels on our favorite beach, the one I picked for an after Labor Day mini-vacay was already completely booked for the entire next summer! While the more expensive places still had rooms to book next summer, the reasonably priced hotels were booked solid. Friends, my immediate thought was that it would be “cray-cray” to go during the summer when I can wait a few weeks longer and practically have the beach to myself! Right?
My dream of a relaxing time on the beach does not include dodging beach balls, volleyballs, Frisbees, and cars! Yes, cars! If you’ve ever been to Daytona Beach in the middle of summer, you know what I mean! I loved going to the beach during summer when I had young children! All the games and such were fun then! But now I crave a more quiet time on the beach with more opportunity to read a good book or to just close my eyes and listen to the waves and seagulls. So the less crowded the beach, the better I say!
Prices Drop after Labor Day
Hotels Drop Prices
When doing my research for this post, I compared the price of an oceanfront room with a balcony that I booked for one night during the summer with the price of the same room after Labor Day. That very same room was a whopping $75.00 less per night after Labor Day. That would be a considerable savings of $525.00 if you booked the room for a 7-night stay. That is no chump change folks! That could cover Chrismas presents or a downpayment on a special vacation for next year. Maybe it would cover your crafting supplies for the next year. Whatever you like to do, you can do more of it with the savings from a week on a beach after Labor Day versus a week during the summer.
Since the hotel mentioned above was in North Carolina, you might want to take a look at Carolina beach rentals as well. It stands to reason that if hotel prices drop, beach rental prices on condos and houses would likely drop as well. If you plan to stay for more than a few days at any beach, it would be wise to check out beach rental prices in the area you plan to vacation. I haven’t checked on beach rentals this year since my beach time is limited, but I just bet you can find some great deals for fall.
Airlines Drop Prices Too
Not only are the hotel prices lower, airfares are priced lower after Labor Day as well. And why do you think all the airlines have Fall Fare Deals? Because fewer people are traveling after Labor Day so the airlines want to entice us to fill up the seats on their planes by offering us lower prices. Their empty seats turn out to be a great deal for us!
If you’re a member of an airline rewards program (which you should be if you’re not already) you will receive notices of the fall deals first, before the announcement goes out to the general public. That means you will have the opportunity to snag a great deal before anyone else! For example, United Airlines advertised an unbelievable price for a roundtrip fare to London for $660. I was able to get an even better deal of $530 because I watched the prices for several days and when it dropped this low, I snapped it up. I got this amazing deal very early all because I am a member of the United Airlines Rewards Program. And I’m not alone! You can get deals like this too by joining an airline rewards program and watching the notices they send to you.
Ok, I know London isn’t exactly a beach vacation, but my point remains the same because airlines offer fall deals on domestic flights as well. Check it out!
Other Prices Drop
Since we’re talking about a price drop after Labor Day, you know that stores at the beach will try to get rid of their summer merchandise as soon ASAP! That means more savings for us! Think beach towels, floats, and beachwear. Not only that, but restaurants will likely drop their prices too. You know the locals won’t consider eating out on the beach if the prices are sky high and locals are the ones restaurants have to attract after Labor Day.
Temperatures Drop after Labor Day
While a temperature drop may not be a big deal for beaches up north, it is a VERY BIG DEAL for beaches in the South. Before moving to Colorado a few years ago, my choice for vacation was to sit on a breezy gulf beach or go to the mountains where there was less humidity and temps were cooler. August in the South is brutal in case you’ve never been there before. The combination of high humidity and high temps (low to mid-90s or higher) will take your breath away. So a drop in temperatures at the beach is certainly a welcome change.
I just checked my weather app for high temps from early to mid-September and found beach temperatures from North Carolina to southern Florida will range from the low to upper 80s. That is a significant change from the 90s to 100 more commonly seen in the summer. In fact, 80-degree weather is what I consider to be the perfect temp! Perfect for MY beach vacation! I KNOW you must feel the same way!
After Labor Day is the Best Time for Beach Time
So, to sum everything up, it really does look like waiting 2-3 weeks or more after Labor Day to vacation at the beach is best. At least it’s best for those of us who have the freedom to delay a vacay! Beaches are less crowded as kids, large families, and teachers/professors go back to school/work. Prices drop significantly after Labor Day on hotels, flights, and just about everything beach related that you can think of. And finally, the drop in temperatures makes time spent on the beach more pleasant and relaxing. That is the point of a beach vacay, isn’t it? Relax, do a little reading, listen to the sound of the waves and seagulls….ahhhhhh. See you at the beach this fall, friends! We’re going to have an amazing time!
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