Oak Island is the perfect destination for your fall family getaway. Not only could the drive down provide you with some of the best fall foliage views, but arriving in an oceanfront town during the off season certainly has its perks.
With students heading back to school, the number of vacationers heading to Oak Island decreases as does the hustle and bustle. Property owners who tend to spend their summers by the shore venture back inland to their primary homes. For locals who spend their entire year in the area, autumn is simply their “waiting to exhale” moment where they can relax and get back to the daily routine of enjoying all that the area offers.
What does this mean for you? For an already small area, the exodus of travelers provides a very unique situation. How does having Caswell Beach all to yourself sound? Heavenly. What about taking the kids to a restaurant without having to wait two hours to be seated? A God send.
It’s Not Quite As..Hot, Hot, Hot
In 2017, the average summer temperature for Oak Island fell between 82°F and 91°F whereas October and November’s average temperatures are expected to drop to 78°F and 71°F, respectively. Why should that matter? Oftentimes vacationers become overwhelmed with the pairing of heat and humidity that we experience during the late spring and summer seasons.
If you don’t like to sweat, autumn could prove the better option for your trip. The humidity dissipates leaving mild temperatures. In addition, the water remains fairly warm for those who still want to dip their toes in the waves as they enjoy a walk down the beach.
Save The Almighty Dollar
As we mentioned in our “When To Book” edition of our “Planning A Family-Friendly Beach Vacation” blog series, “If your family can travel outside of Prime Season dates, you can often score significantly discounted rates with smaller crowds and lower traffic counts while the weather and water is still warm.”
After Labor Day, vacation rentals offer mid- or low-season rates. Moreover, property owners looking to fill their books drop rates further through seasonal specials and discounts. Dependent upon your situation, you may save enough cash on your fall vacation to allow a slightly longer stay than you would have been able to do in the summer.
Food, Fun & Festivals
Hayrides, apple orchards, oyster roasts and pumpkin…everything…are what the best autumns are made of, and Brunswick County, North Carolina has a bountiful harvest of all of them. Local schools open their campuses to the public for annual fall celebrations complete with carnival foods and bounce houses.
Area farms welcome guests for apple picking and hayrides to the ever-popular pumpkin patches. Halloween parties abound and offer family-friendly costume contests, bonfires, live music and outdoor movie viewings to get you in the spirit.
If arts and crafts are more your speed, you’ll find no shortage of area opportunities to buy, sell and trade. During the month of November, area church groups and local art guilds offer multiple outlets to appreciate and shop local, handmade goods.
An Island For All Seasons
While the timing may not be what you envisioned for your vacation, if you schedule it just right – you could find that the benefits of traveling during your kids’ first school break may be easier on you all the way around. When it comes to Oak Island, life continues once the “season” ends and it’s just as colorful as the autumn leaves.
Are you ready to book your fall stay in Oak Island or Southport? Check out Margaret Rudd & Associates’ wonderful selection of family-friendly beach rentals.