As October comes around, the US is rapidly moving towards the middle of fall and Halloween. While the colors of the leaves are changing, and pumpkin spice flavors can be found everywhere, there are some locals – and tourists – who are brave enough to plan a trip to the beach. Below are the five best USA beaches to visit in October.
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South Beach (or SoBe to locals) is known for its long sandy beaches, great restaurants, and good vibes once the sun goes down.
With an average temperature of 29°C in October, and a water temperature of 28°C South Beach is a popular destination for tourists from Canada, Israel and various other countries in the Western Hemisphere who own holiday homes in the city. South Beach shot to fame in Bad Boys and Bad Boys II which were both filmed in Miami.
Tourist attractions near South Beach: Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the Miami Beach Boardwalk, and Ocean Drive.
Places to stay near South Beach: the Hotel Harrison, the South Beach Plaza Hotel, and The Fritz Hotel.
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Further reading: Top 5 USA beaches to visit in May (2022 Vacation guide).
Switching coasts, Santa Cruz is one of the most popular cities to visit in California.
Santa Cruz is famous for watersports such as sailing, diving, swimming, and stand-up paddle boarding. Santa Cruz is also regarded as one of the best spots in the world for surfing. In addition to its water sports, Santa Cruz is home to several state parks and beaches which include Lighthouse Field State Beach, Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, Twin Lakes State Beach, and Seabright State Beach.
Tourist attractions near Santa Cruz: the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, the Mystery Spot, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Places to stay near Santa Cruz: the Carousel Beach Inn, the Beach Street Inn and Suites, and the Boardwalk Dream.
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Further reading: Top 5 USA beaches to visit in June (2022 Vacation guide).
The miles of rugged coastline of Lincoln City are a major drawcard for nature lovers; particularly in fall when the seasons are changing and the colors on the local Oregon Pines turn bright yellow and orange.
An added bonus is the migrating gray whales who often frequent Lincoln City as they travel south for the summer. The temperate climate of the Oregon coast keeps the weather comfortable through much of fall. Travellers enjoy exploring the tide pools, and families with young children can often be found scouring the beach for hidden treasures of the natural variety. Be sure to time your visit to coincide with the Fall Kite Festival which is held in early October. The wide, flat beach offers perfect kite-flying conditions.
Tourist attractions near Lincoln Beach: the Fishing Rock State Rec Site, Big Mountain Coffee, and the Salishack Tavern.
Places to stay near Lincoln Beach: Boone Family Retreat, Beachwood, and The Sand Castle.
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Further reading: Top 5 USA beaches to visit in July (2022 Vacation guide).
October is probably one of your last opportunities to enjoy the beaches that New York has to offer until spring.
Situated close to The Hamptons, North Fork is a 48 km long peninsula on Long Island. With plenty of unspoiled beaches, North Fork offers the same waters and similar beaches to The Hamptons at a significantly lower price. For those who are not beach goers, North Fork is currently home to more than 30 vineyards, many of which run tasting rooms for the public. Many multi-generational family farms are still in operation throughout the region and these farmstands open their doors to the public during harvest season (in fall) where pumpkin picking and other activities centered around harvesting can be found.
Tourist attractions near North Fork: the Kontokosta Winery, the Greenport Harbor Brewing Co, and the Antique Carousel.
Places to stay near North Fork: the Greenporter Hotel, The Menhaden Hotel, and the Harborfront Inn at Greenport.
Only have space in your hectic schedule to enjoy a beach vacation in August?
Further reading: Top 5 USA beaches to visit in August (2022 Vacation guide).
With an economy that is made up of oil fields and agriculture, it is hard to imagine that Oxnard is also a highly sought after beach city.
Located 97 km west of downtown Los Angeles, surfers and other beach enthusiasts flock to Oxnard to take advantage of the huge swells that start to develop in October. The city hosts a number of surfing competitions as well as beach volleyball tournaments which are popular tourist attractions.
Tourist attractions near Oxnard: the Mullin Automotive Museum, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, and Magnavino Cellars.
Places to stay near Oxnard: the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard/Ventura, the Mandalay Shores Resort, and Channel Island Shores.
Harvesting season is a special time in the US. With plenty of activities on offer, don’t forget to visit one of the best USA beaches to visit in October.
Only have space in your hectic schedule to enjoy a beach vacation in September?
Further reading: Top 5 USA beaches to visit in September (2022 Vacation guide).