My 2 Favorite Beaches to Visit In The Fall
Thinking about getting away for a few days this Fall? Consider a trip to the beach. The crowds are smaller and the rates are much more affordable than in the summer months. The temperature is usually perfect at mid to upper 80’s. Up until we moved to Florida, almost two years ago, our family would take a yearly trip to the beach. And most years in the Fall. Here are two of my favorites!
Playalinda is a beautiful, quiet beach on Florida’s east coast. Along its four-mile stretch, the sand is whiter and fluffier than I’ve seen on some other east coast beaches. It’s part of the Canaveral National Seashore. This is 24 miles of beach with no hotels, houses or restaurants– very natural. The water is usually nice and clear. We find a ton of shells – not extremely big but wonderful anyway!
The bathrooms are pretty primitive. Wooden boardwalks are used to get to the beach. Walking on the sand dunes isn’t allowed. But you probably wouldn’t want to anyway. They’re covered with palmettos bushes and shrubs. The NASA launch pad is visible from Playalinda. Many people go to watch the space shuttle launches from here.
We live just 45 minutes away, so have only spent the day at Playalinda. Titusville is the nearest town, only 12 miles away, and offers plenty of hotels and restaurants. Parking is $10 per day. There are 13 parking areas with #13 being a nude beach! Needless to say, we park at parking area #1 🙂 If you plan to take one of the cruises that leave out of Port Canaveral, consider visiting Playalinda and spending the day. It is just around 36 miles from there.
Seagrove Beach is our favorite beach on the Gulf of Mexico. It is part of the Santa Rosa beaches. The houses we’ve rented are found on vrbo.com. They are in a quaint neighborhood called Cassine Village, just across from the beach. The lovely and well-cared-for houses are painted in true beachy colors. The neighborhood has two pools, tennis courts and a nature trail.
The beach access is just a short walk across Scenic 30A. The boys ride their bikes over and we sometimes drive the truck across with all of our beach “stuff.” Big Fish Bike Rentals is our go-to shop for bike rentals. They offer great prices and service. My youngest son always brings his own bike and we rent the others.
Seaside is just a short bike ride away. You can visit the quaint post office there and enjoy the Farmers Market every Saturday.
There are fun restaurants in and around Seagrove. We like Flip Flops restaurant and Pizza by the Sea. Angelina’s is close to Cassine Village and we’ve heard they have great Italian food. Publix is just a short drive (1 mile or so) if you plan to buy groceries and snacks.
Autumn is a wonderful time of year to go to the beach. Great rates and weather! Not many tourists! Hope you’ll get to enjoy a fun, Fall vacation at the beach!
What is your favorite beach? Let me know in the comments below!