- No crowds
With each week that passes, the beaches get less and less crowded. This applies to restaurants, stores, and just about everything else as well. There’s nothing like waking at sunrise and finding you are one of only a few people or sometimes even the only person on the beach.
- Warm temperatures
Sorry about the recurring theme here, but the air and water temperatures are still deliciously warm. We spent several hours swimming in the ocean this last weekend, and I promise you, I could have stayed submerged the entire weekend and never felt a smidgen of chill. In fact, the tidal pools felt more like hot tub temperatures than normal ocean temperatures. The ocean in its entirety was perfect. Of course, LCB had to be obnoxious about it and say that the ocean was “almost” too warm for him. He’s so Yankee that way.
And no, we’re not merpeople, as the above photo and my comment about staying submerged for the weekend might suggest. Just so we’re clear here. Our failure to be merpeople has become, by the way, my daughter’s most recent life disappointment. She tells me I might be able to assuage some of this disappointment if I add a mermaid to her list of “pets” she clearly thinks she’s getting soon.
- Lower prices
Prices on many things drop in September. Restaurants, for instance, often offer specials, particularly on weekdays. Stores are often trying to clear out of their summer inventory and offer huge discounts. And for tourists, rates on accommodations usually drop precipitously after Labor Day, so there are many deals to be had.
- Fall decorations with summer weather
This is a personal favorite, something that made me laugh when I first moved here from Chicago, during the early fall. In my experience, fall decorations were always accompanied by cooler weather and falling leaves. Here, I get a kick out of seeing fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving decorations out when it’s still in the 80s or higher and there isn’t a fallen leaf to be found anywhere near my house. My first Halloween in Carolina, I was afraid to put our traditional big family pumpkin outside for fear it would bake to death in the heat. So, fall decorations at the beach always remind me that I’m somewhere different now.
- More dolphins
When the temperatures do start to drop a little, we see a slow increase in the number of dolphins swimming closer to shore. In Chicago in the fall, I had squirrels in my backyard busy hoarding acorns. In Carolina now, I have schools of dolphins traveling along the coastline.
- Fishing boats
I love watching the shrimp boats that dot the ocean heavily this time of year. Sometimes, I even get out my telescope or my binoculars and just watch them work for a minute, imagining what that must be like, living so much of life on the sea.
So, what about the rest of you? What are some of the best things about fall where you live?