It might be October, but that doesn’t mean spending your days in a beautiful coastal town are out of the question. In fact, for the most part, the weather is still nice enough to walk bare-foot on the beach—maybe even dip your toes in the surf. So even though the days are cooling, there’s still time to hit the beach. Here are five coastal towns you can visit in the fall for that last minute time on the coast.
Welcome to this North Carolina Island, where 10,000 or its 12,000 acres are untouched beach, marsh, and maritime forest preserves. The remaining acres are filled with close-knit neighborhoods where the residents respect the natural beauty of their surroundings. You can reach this island two ways: either by passenger ferry or your own private vessel, and once you get here, the only way around is by golf cart, bicycle, or your own two feet. Bald Head Island gives you a chance to leave the mainland behind and truly slip into coastal Carolina paradise.
After the two-mile journey across the Cape Fear River, residents and visitors alike will find themselves in the home of Old Baldy, the state’s oldest standing lighthouse. You will also find a full service marina, day spa, golf course, and charming boutiques to browse through. When you’re hungry, you can find dining on the island that covers the entire spectrum of food choices.
REHOBOTH BEACH, DE
Known as “The Nation’s Summer Capital” for the many visitors the area has from places like Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and other surrounding states during the summer, Rehoboth Beach is a quaint coastal town waiting for you to explore it—even after the summer months are over. Once here you’ll be in a place of tax free shopping, with great places to shop like the Tanger Outlets. You might stumble upon live music and entertainment from Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and Clear Space Theatre Company. With a real walking downtown, it’s easy for you to explore the area. This culinary destination is family friendly, with a one-mile wooden boardwalk and amusements, and thirty miles of unspoiled coastline to admire. And there are many ways to explore this Delaware gem, too. Try your hand at kayaking, take a nature cruise or ferry ride, or stick to mainland and hit the walking trails. No matter how you look at it, Rehoboth Beach is a coastal destination like no other and there are plenty of Delaware gated communities to allow you to find your best place to live.
The oldest and second largest city in South Carolina is full of things to discover and explore. Its dining scene is impeccable, Charleston’s culinary world sprinkled with awarding winning chefs and delicious dishes. Their food is such a big part of their charm that they even have Culinary Tours you can participate in.
In historic downtown Charleston you’ll come across many art galleries, boutiques, museums and historic sites. Notable places to visit are Boone Hall Plantation, Old City Market, and the South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor. This coastal town is full of historic charm and endless opportunities for fun, which is why it’s no surprise that Charleston is ranked annually as one of the nation’s most visited cities, and has been voted America’s Best City three times in a row.
PORT ANGELES, WA
The west coast can’t be left out when it comes to some of the best coastal towns to visit. The town of Port Angeles, Washington, is one such town.
Situated on the Olympic Peninsula along the shore of Strait of Juan de Fuca, this city has a narrow natural sandspit called Ediz Hook that winds nearly three miles into the strait. It acts a deep water harbor, deep enough to anchor such boats as cruise ships.
The downtown waterfront is walkable, and among the variety of unique shops and restaurants you’ll also find specialty shops for kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, hiking and much more. This coastal city is full of recreational activities to keep you busy. While here, make sure you visit City Pier, found in the heart of the downtown area. City Pier offers visitors and residents alike incredible views of the ships using the harbor, the snowcapped peaks of the Olympic Mountains, and the city of Victoria, Canada, which you can travel to year-found by ferry. If you’re interested in marine life, City Pier also hosts Fiero Marine Life Center, and just next door the Olympic Coast Discovery Center.