The kids are back in school, but in the land of endless summer, the fun never stops. If you’ve managed to avoid the swarms of tourists all summer and are dying for a beach vacation, look no further for justification. Here are 8 reasons to travel to the Gulf Coast during the off-season.
1. Traffic is lighter: Beach traffic in the peak summer season could test the patience of Gandhi. It is much more fun to scoot around town and experience all that your favorite beach destination has to offer without multiple pileups and impatient drivers in the way.
2. Rates are lower: Hotels and resorts offer lower rates in the fall and winter to increase demand and fill rooms. Seize your chance for a quiet, cost friendly beach vacation by booking during the off-season.
3. Pace is slower: It is much easier to relax when your surroundings are peaceful. The off-season months from September to February (sans Labor Day weekend) are less hectic than their summer counterparts, making them perfect for chilling out.
4. Richer local experience: Off-season travelers encounter more locals with fewer tourists afoot. Quality interactions with locals can lead to deeper travel that uncovers secrets from the best cafés to the best fishing spots.
5. Fall festivals: Hit up a few local festivals during the fall months and celebrate the values that make up the destination of your choice. The Gulf Coast hosts several festivals during the fall, such as the Destin Seafood Festival, National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Voodoo Fest in New Orleans, and so much more.
6. Shorter wait times: Prompt service is generally a given during fall and winter at the beach, and competition for tips is fierce. You are likely to leave the restaurant feeling quite pampered.
7. Best room choice: Fall is prime time to rent prime real estate. Summer rentals go fast, but off-season rentals can be had with short notice and short stacks.
8. Longer vacations: With lower rates and better views, extending your vacation time is a no brainer. Travelers in need of solace can stay a week or two (or three) in a beach house overlooking the water without a soul in sight. With that much leisure and luxury, you can truly perfect the art of relaxation.