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Top Reasons Locals Love Fall in Destin and South Walton


Many families visit the beach for summer vacation, but locals know that fall at the beach is our best kept secret. Cool mornings and comfortable daytime temperatures make time at the beach dreamy. The water is still warm for swimming and the sunsets are spectacular. For those considering a fall beach getaway to Destin or South Walton, here’s our list of top reasons the beach is amazing during the fall months and why locals love this time of year.

Spectacular Destin Sunsets.

Yes, the sunset is always beautiful, but the colors that appear in the fall are simply breathtaking. As the earth rotates, fall sunsets shift back over the Gulf. The sun slowly sets becoming a flaming ball of orange as it dips into the Gulf, leaving behind a colorful horizon painted in orange, pink and purple hues that leave beachgoers applauding.

Comfortable Temperatures.

After saying goodbye to the sweltering heat of summer, locals celebrate the comfortable temperatures of autumn. The average daytime high for the month of October is a comfortable 79 degrees with average evening temp an enjoyable 63 degrees. November cools down a little more with comfortable daytime average temperature of 70 degrees and an evening average low of 54 degrees. Low humidity and warm Florida sunshine make it perfect for enjoying the beach during the day and wearing a light sweater with your favorite boots when heading out at night.

Fewer People at the Beach.

Have you ever dreamed of having the beach to yourself? During the fall, depending on where you stay, this is definitely a possibility. Neighborhood accesses and state parks are often sparse with little to no beachgoers. And with kids back in school, weekdays at the beach are quiet and restful so you relax to the sound of the surf lapping the shore. 

Just Keep Swimming.

As Dory would say, “just keep swimming, swimming, swimming” and that’s just what locals like to do at the beach in the fall. Fortunately, the water temperature stays warm for swimming during the fall months so beachgoers can continue to enjoy the surf or float lazily in the Gulf on those calm fall days when there is a north autumn wind.

No lines at Popular South Walton & Destin Restaurants.

South Walton and Destin are renowned for their world-class culinary scene, but popular Emerald Coast restaurants including the Bud & Alley's, The Red Bar, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Cuvee Bistro, and Dewey Destin’s are often on an hour plus wait during the summer. However in the fall, diners enjoy little to no wait time, leaving more time to savor the Gulf Coast's delicious delicacies.  

Eat, Drink & Be Merry at Fall Festivals.

A quick assessment reveals that fall festivals along Florida’s Emerald Coast tend to be centered around food and libations. We just wrapped up the Seafood Festival, Bloody Mary Festival and 30A Beer Fest and are now gearing up for Sandestin Beer Fest, Best of the Emerald Coast, Festival of the Arts, Blues, Brews & BBQ, and Seeing Red Wine Festival. Click here to view a list of fall festivals.

Discounted Rental Rates.

The best part of fall is that you'll enjoy more and pay less. Rental rates are discounted up to 30% off summer season rates and special packages provide freebies and extras. Ready to join the locals for an Autumn beach getaway? View our premier South Walton and Destin vacation rentals online or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652 and start planning your fall getaway today.

See you @ the beach!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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