Have you ever thought about visiting the Outer Banks in the fall? If your answer is yes, then you may know some of the reasons why this is the best time of the year to visit. If your answer is no, then you may wonder what those reasons are.
Whether you’re a returning visitor or a new visitor, let’s look at a few of the reasons you should visit after summer has ended.
Fall brings about milder temperatures than summer, but yet it’s still warm enough to enjoy the beach without freezing in the winter months. The average temperature in the fall is usually in the 70s during the day. The lows in the evening are in the 50s and 60s. These temperatures can last until mid December.
Depending upon which part of the Outer Banks you stay, the water stays warm until mid-October, sometimes later. Keep in mind that the air temperature will be chilly when you step out of the ocean.
Along with the hottest temperatures, summer brings the most people. The fall in the Outer Banks has fewer people visiting than in the summer.
School has started so families are back home. You’ll see older people who don’t have children living at home or younger couples whose children haven’t started school yet.
With fewer people, the restaurants and shopping areas aren’t as busy, but some of them might close after Labor Day weekend.
The best fishing happens at the end of the summer. Fishermen from all over visit this area. The Outer Banks has several piers you can fish from or you can hire a fishing charter.
If you are competitive, participate in one of several surf fishing tournaments held every year. The red drum is one of the most popular fish you can catch. This fish appears only twice a year as it migrates during the off seasons.
The stronger winds in September, October, and November bring people to the Outer Banks for different water sports. These winds are a consistent 10-20 miles per hour and have gusts of 30 miles per hour or more.
People can enjoy windsurfing, kiteboarding, and sometimes surfing all along the coasts of the Outer Banks. The ocean is even better during this time when the stronger winds can bring bigger waves for any water activity.
One of the biggest reasons to visit the Outer Banks in the fall is the lower rates for where you stay. Whether it’s a hotel, motel, or house, the rates drop once summer is over. As with any vacation, your accommodation is the biggest expense of the trip.
Booking these lower rates is easier during this time of the year, too. The summer months tend to book ahead of time while the fall months sometimes book last minute.
Check for special discounts or getaway packages during the fall that you might not get at other times of the year. This depends upon what local events are happening.
Fall has several reasons why it’s the best time of the year to visit the Outer Banks. Which one of the above reasons would encourage you to visit that time of the year?