Summer is ending but your lust for the sand and the sea is not. What do you do? Find the beaches that you can visit this fall is what! Here, we round up 10 of the best beaches that you can visit this fall. So pack up your sunblock and swimsuit and let's go!
1. Myrtos: Kefalonia, Greece
This beach can be found in the Pylaros region, north-west of Kefalonia island. It sits in the middle of two mountains, Mt. Agia Dynati and Mt. Kalon Oros. The white sand beach is covered with dazzling white pebbles and the water the bluest of blue, and it's for these reasons it's been described as one of the most dramatic beaches in Greece. And the world took notice; it's been voted 12 times as the best beach in Greece not only for its stunning beauty but also for its cleanliness. Despite its popularity, some parts of the island remain untouched and unspoiled. Myrtos is one of the shooting locations of the Hollywood film, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
2. Carmel: California, USA
Rated as one of America's top beach towns, Carmel beach can be found at the foot of Ocean Avenue in California. The beach has the Pacific Ocean waves perfect for surfing. It is also an amazing spot for swimming, dolphin watching, and sunset appreciation. Aside from the beach, you may also visit other points of interests nearby, such as the Frank Lloyd Wright house, the Carmel Point to the south, and if you know how to golf, visit the Pebble Beach Golf Links to the north.
Carmel-by-the-sea is also a favourite location for weddings and rehearsal dinners Carmel Beach, landing it a spot in Travel + Leisure Magazine's list for Best City For Romance in the World.
3. Coral Bay: Cyprus
Cyprus remains warm and sunny all throughout autumn, making an ideal beach destination for this season. It prides itself on having some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, one of them is Coral Bay, a resort in the municipality of Peyia in the city of Paphos. This beach is characterized by its rocky coastal landforms and sea caves. The bay itself is 600 meters of the crescent cove, enclosed by limestone headlands.
Coral Bay beach has an EU Blue Flag certification, a certification given by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for beaches, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator that meets its stringent standards.
This seaside town has so much more to offer. There you will find rustic tavernas, bars, oceanfront resort, and umbrellas and lounges down the sandy beach. There are day trips that you can take in the Paphos town where you visit Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, Paphos Castle, Tomb of the Kings, and Agiou Antoniou Street.
4. Plage des Salins: St. -Tropez France
Plage des Salins (beach of Salins) can be found in St. Tropez, France. You can reach this peaceful creek on foot by Sentier du Littoral; walk may take 2 hours, or by road along Route des Salins if you are coming from the village. This town is crowded the entire summer and becomes relatively quiet come late September.
Plage des Salins is known for its chill vibe and delectable Provençal dishes. If you want to attend the annual regatta, Les Voiles de St. Tropez, schedule your visit between the 27th of September and the 3rd of October. This event features a race, usually participated by over 300 yachts from all over the world and a week of festivities.
5. Punta Bete: Riviera Maya, Mexico
In Riviera Maya, Mexico, just 42 km. from Cancun International Airport lies a white-sand beach called Punta Bete. Sitting between Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos, the lovely beach is considered to be a secret hideaway for people who are seeking for some time alone. Here you may enjoy absolute tranquillity, swim or go snorkelling in the crystal clear blue waters, stay in any of the beautiful bungalows, and savour amazing Mexican food from nearby restaurants.
6. Gold Coast Beaches: Australia
There is a coastal city in the Australian state of Queensland that is a major tourist destination called, Gold Coast. Its subtropical climate, surfing beaches, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest attract many tourists yearly. It is located approximately 66 km on the south-southeast of Brisbane, and north of the border with New South Wales. Gold Coast is the 6th largest city in Australia and the major film production hub for Queensland.
The region's popularity began as early as the 1920s when the Surfers Paradise hotel was built. In the 1980s, it became a leading tourist destination. The Gold Coast is half covered by forests, consisting of ancient rainforest, mangrove, and coastal heathlands and farmland, as well as plantation pine forests.
7. Gouverneur Beach: St. Barts
It's a long drive to reach this beach, but the effort is worth it. Gouverneur Beach in St. Barts offers remoteness and privacy not found in most beaches. The long stretch of white-sand beach is unspoiled, no establishments or buildings along the shoreline, just pure nature. People come here to swim or snorkel in its crystalline waters, and relax and sunbathe on its powdery white sand.
You may also join Saint Barth Tours and Travel tours to see the breathtaking view of the Gouverneur Bay. A stop on this beach is always included in their itinerary.
This beach is privately owned by an individual, but it is opened to the public. One can just easily drive to their area and leave his/her car in the parking lot that the owner was kind enough to have built. There is only one condition, in exchange for a few hours on this beach, ensure to never leave your trash behind and to respect the place's tranquillity.
One of the best things about the Gouverneur beach is that it is generally, uncrowded all year round; which is perfect if you are searching for ultimate relaxation. Remember though, to pack on the sunscreen and bring your own drinking water because as mentioned, there are no establishments around.
8. Playa Grande: Costa Rica
In the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste province is a beach considered to be a significant part of Marino Las Baulas National Park; Playa Grande. This beach is open to the public, known for its pristine shoreline and blue waters. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Guanacaste, and is well protected as it is a nesting site for the leatherback turtles and Kemp's ridley sea turtles. If you come in the fall, you will have an opportunity to catch the turtles' nesting season in which up to 800 female leatherbacks lay eggs in the sand. This happens between October and May.
You may visit the beach with a park guide or by joining a guided tour during the day. The local government limits the number of tourists visiting the area in the fall season to minimize disruption to the turtles.
Playa Grande also attract both newbies and highly skilled surfers from around the world due to its amazing surfing conditions. It has a swell all year round with bigger swells coming between March and November.
If you have time to spare you may visit nearby attractions such as the Rio Matapalo estuary and Tamarindo, another popular beach for surfers along the Pacific coast. While Playa Grande is more laid back, Tamarindo is more commercialized with a great number of restaurants, bars, and shop.
9. Myrtle Beach: South Carolina, USA
In South Carolina, there is a perfect fall destination that boasts over 60 miles of beach. It's called Myrtle Beach, a city and vacation resort known for impressive golf courses, the 1.2-mile-long boardwalk, and SkyWheel, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the USA. The weather temperature in Myrtle until October stays between 70 to 80 Fahrenheit.
If you are travelling with your kids, this is the perfect place for you as it has the Family Kingdom amusement park. Other fun activities to do here include parasailing, kayaking, jet boat riding, among others. There are many other attractions that are best fitted for families such as Alligator Adventure, Shallotte River Swamp Park – Zipline, Aerial & Nature Park, Light Laser Show, Kokopelli Surf Camp, Hammock Shops Village, etc.
10. Red Sea Coast: Egypt
The Red Sea Coast is one of the regions of eastern Egypt, that traverses the shoreline of the Red Sea for 800 km; from Suez in the north to the Sudanese border in the south. It is best known for its year-round warm climate, turquoise water waters, and a diverse number of exotic fish and coral. It is an ideal diving destination.
The Red Sea coast is known locally as "Sea Mare Rostrum" and it has 6 main islands: Qamar, AI-Fanadir, Abu Ramada, Om Gaweesh, Small Seoul lands, and A1 Zabarged.
More than the beautiful beaches, the Red Sea region is a popular archaeological site, and among the points of interests you may visit are the Ruins of the temple of Dokhan, lhaamat and Um El Fawageer, the Christian sites, such as the monasteries of Coptic Egypt, St. Paul and St. Anthony, and Islamic sites, such as The Shrine of Sheik Hassan El-Ghasal and The Tower of Sultan Sleem in Al-Qusseir.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marjorie Gavan is a writer by profession and by passion. She has a degree in B.S. Journalism and now has 15 years of writing and editing experience under her belt. She currently works as a knowledge specialist in an IT company in Quezon City, Philippines. She chronicles her travel adventures in her blog, Coffeehan.