For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer. Kids go back to school, community pools are closing for the season, and in some parts of the country you can already feel the cooling approach of autumn in the night air. Unfortunately, some people get the idea that their window for beach trip has closed as well. Sandy is here to share with you a few of the reasons that make a beach vacation after Labor Day a winning plan!
Why you should save that beach trip until after Labor Day!
September Sweet Spot
If you ask any travel professional about the most affordable time to travel to one of your favorite beaches, you might be surprised how many would respond resoundingly with, “September, of course”. Rates after Labor Day drop, significantly at times, providing an estimated 50% discount on rates versus summer peak season. The discounts occur across the board, meaning travelers pay less for almost everything, from airfare or car rental, to hotels and attraction prices. Several small businesses located in beach towns have different rates for the summer and you might be pleasantly surprised when you notice the drop in menu prices at your favorite oceanfront seafood restaurant.
Save or Splurge
With all the savings available by traveling after Labor Day, you have two options; save or splurge.
Save- Perhaps you’re on a tight budget this year and finding the most affordable time to travel is the only way you will be able to take a vacation this year. If that’s the case, this is a great time for you. Go take advantage of the deep discounts, especially by staying during weekdays and get the vacation you deserve.
Splurge- If you’re saving 50% by traveling later as opposed to going during the summer high season, maybe that means you can treat yourself a bit. Upgrade to an upper floor oceanview suite, book a spa treatment, go out for a gourmet meal. With all the money you’re saving, you’ll still come in under budget.
Wide Open Spaces
Nothing can put a damper on your perfect day at the beach than feeling overcrowded. Visitor numbers decrease after Labor Day. With children returning to school, the rowdy resort pools and packed boardwalks tend to be quieter and more relaxing this time of year. For empty nesters, those without kids or those with little ones not in school yet, this can be a perfect time to travel. Shorter lines at attractions, immediate seating available at favorite restaurants, and ample beachfront space to spread out and relax are just some of the perks associated with smaller crowds.
Be sure to check business hours when traveling after Labor Day as some establishments may open later, close earlier or only operate certain days of the week. Rest assured, I travel to beaches in September every year and have to say I’ve never had a lack of options due to seasonal hours.
Maybe you are beginning to feel the temperatures dropping at night where you live. Don’t worry, the end of summer season isn’t the end of summer weather. Believe it or not, this can be some of the best weather for a beach trip, depending on what part of the country you are visiting. As the mercury drops a few degrees, it becomes more comfortable to be outside for longer periods of time. During the peak summer season, sometimes it’s actually too hot and humid to really enjoy outdoor activities unless they involve being doused with cold water.
The concern that comes with traveling during the more active time of hurricane season is something to consider. I recommend always getting trip insurance if you plan on traveling during this time of year. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
In conclusion, I urge you to change your perception of Labor Day from the “End of Summer” to the “Beginning of Savings”. Take advantage of the deep discounts, smaller crowds, and beautiful weather by planning your beach getaway today. For helpful tips, check out other blog posts to plan your perfect beach vacation or contact Sandy with any questions.