Fall on the Gulf Coast is the perfect travel season. Crowds are fewer, weather is less hostile humid, and rates drop dramatically. Gulf Coast destinations have plenty to offer those willing to travel during the off-season. So, here are five tips for going coastal this fall.
1. Attend a fall festival. Municipal websites from Destin to New Orleans post information on major events and festivals to aid travelers with planning. Hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues often partner with municipalities to offer discounts and city passes for the duration of your stay. Fall on the Gulf Coast is chock full of seafood festivals at nearly every stop on the map, making it easy for out-of-towners to enjoy local culture and feast on the freshest seafood around.
2. Enjoy perfect weather. Fall weather on the Gulf Coast can change from day to night, so dress accordingly. Expect to take your morning coffee while wrapped up in a cozy sweater, only to shed layers for a warm afternoon on the beach. Low humidity keeps hair frizz at bay, and the obscene temperatures of summer are long gone. In short, it is the perfect time of year for an extend stay in the South.
3. Take in local flavor. Locals have a lot more time on their hands, as many of their jobs are super busy during the summer season. Take time to ask them where their favorite restaurants and beach accesses are. Getting to know locals makes for a deeper travel experience and provides insight into their culture that you may not have gained otherwise.
4. Ask for upgrades. During summer, the best accommodations go fast, but fall gives savvy travelers a chance to upgrade. Since hotels and vacation rental companies have plenty of availability during fall, inquisitive guests can get higher quality accommodations at rates that would never fly during summer.
5. Go fishin’. Fall brings fishing rodeos galore for anglers looking to catch the big one, and fishing charters operate year round. For those who believe in second chances, a supplemental red snapper season opens October 1, giving hope to those who missed out on the haul this summer.