Why a Beach Vacation in the Off Season is the Best



Sure, summer beach vacations are awesome. But have you given any thought to taking an off-season beach vacation? Maybe you don't equate a beach vacation with the fall and winter months, but we really think that you should seriously consider it—or even better, start planning one. Today we'd like to make a case for why an off-season Emerald Isle beach vacation is one of the best ways to experience our little piece of North Carolina coastal paradise.


Absolutely Perfect Weather

If you enjoy beautiful sunny days where the weather is not too hot and not too cold, but just right—then Emerald Isle, North Carolina in the off-season is perfect for you. Less humidity and haze this time of year allow for the true brilliance of the coastal colors to be showcased in all their glory. With cerulean skies, white puffy clouds and sparkling blue-green Atlantic waters, you'll see why the namesake Emerald Isle is a fitting tribute to our local landscape. The Emerald Isle air temperatures are comfortable for all of your favorite outdoor vacation activities and sightseeing. Warm sunny days, cool starry nights, and salty sea air sound really good right about now, don't they?

Vacation Rental Specials & Discounts

In general, off-season vacation rental rates are lower than the prime summer beach season rates. So just by planning a fall vacation at the beach, you're already saving money. But wait, there's more! Sun-Surf Realty in Emerald Isle offers vacation specials and discounts all throughout the year, but especially during the shoulder and off seasons. If you're ready to plan your beach vacation for this fall, then be sure to take a look at our Fall Savings on Vacation Rentals page to see what's available to you. Why wouldn't you want more vacation for less money?

Less Waiting in Line for Attractions

Skip the crowds and waiting in line for your favorite Crystal Coast NC attractions and come visit when it isn't the prime beach season. You still have the opportunity to experience all of the most popular local attractions like the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, historic Fort Macon and its accompanying state park, Cape Lookout National Seashore and Lighthouse, the wild ponies on Shackleford Banks, and Tryon Palace to name just a few of the many amazing places to see and things to do during your Emerald Isle beach vacation. You can find more of our favorite local attractions and day trips right here.

Less Traffic to Deal With

Let's face it, the busy beach season brings with it more people and therefore more traffic. No one is really a fan of traffic, so we get it. Going over the bridge onto Bogue Banks and into Emerald Isle has never been easier than it is in the shoulder and off seasons. Forget the congestion of the busy beach season. Instead relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the stunning coastal scenery that surround you. Driving around town, both on the island and off, is a breeze when the summer vacationers are not on the scene. (No offense, summer beach vacationers.) No traffic, no problem!

More Beach, Less Crowds

Probably one of the most compelling reasons to plan a beach vacation in the fall is the that there's more beach for you to have to yourself and less you have to share with others. It's perfectly okay to be selfish about this. We understand! Find your spot on the sand, look out over the ocean, and soak up the sunshine for as long as you like and as often as you please. Listen to the crash of the waves, feel the sand under your feet, and let the coastal breeze caress you. Savor the tranquil quiet moments of this precious time. Breathe in, breathe out, repeat.

Gorgeous NC Coast Sunrises & Sunsets

The unique positioning of the barrier island of Bogue Banks makes for double the viewing pleasure when it comes to coastal sunrises and sunsets in Emerald Isle. Our south-facing beaches give you a gorgeous sunrise over the ocean side of the island and a stunning sunset over the sound side of the island. Also factor in the unfiltered colors you can find this time of year thanks to the lower levels of humidity and haze, and you have some of the most beautiful color shows found anywhere. Try to catch as many sunrises and sunsets as you can while you're here, and don't forget to bring your camera.

Lots of Local Festivals, Events & Activities

If you follow Sun-Surf Realty's blog posts (and we hope you do!), you know that we love to feature both Emerald Isle and Crystal Coast events every month. The fall season is no exception, and in reality, offers some of the biggest and most popular festivals, events and activities of the year. With the NC Seafood Festival the first weekend in October, plenty of fabulous fishing tournaments all season long, seasonal and special holiday events, beach music festivals and more, you'll never run out of things to do and places to go. Be sure to follow along with us every week so you don't miss a thing!

Holidays at the Beach Are Extra Special

With so many holidays and so little time, why not make them the best they can be by celebrating here with us at the beach. The beach makes everything better, you know. Whether it's Labor Day, Veterans Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Day, we can help you make your holidays extra special and most memorable. Gather your family together and extend the invitation to your friends too, and plan for a get together of epic proportions on the coast of somewhere beautiful—right here! Our motto is to collect moments, not things. Won't you join us?


Check out all of Sun-Surf Realty's Vacation Rental Discounts and Specials for the best off-season vacation on the NC coast!


Isn't it time to start planning your off-season Emerald Isle beach vacation? Yes, yes it is!

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