Cottages perched atop sand dunes leading down to beach.
Nags Head is one of the best locations in the Outer Banks for swimming.
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Visit These 9 Beaches This Fall for Warm Weather and Sparse Crowds

Outer Banks, NC

Over 100 miles of shoreline off the coast of North Carolina make up the Outer Banks, a series of diverse barrier islands. In general, the northern towns of Kitty Hawk, Duck, Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head are the best for swimming and surfing, with temperatures in the mid-70s during the fall.

Kitty Hawk’s Maritime Forest attracts kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders who are curious about the local ecosystem. Nags Head also has the largest sand dunes on the east coast, which are perfect for hang gliding over the water.

Plus vacation villas will be cheaper this time of year, which makes this an ideal spot to vacation with toddlers so you have that much more space to return to as home-base at the end of a day at the water’s edge.

Waves washing up on shore at sunset.Fall is a great time to learn how to surf as it's considered one of Maui's low seasons.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Maui, HI

US News & World Report named Maui the best place to visit in November for its unusually warm temperatures. It also marks the beginning of whale watching season when humpback whales begin migrating in the Pacific.

As such, if you really want to enjoy the beach and its incredible wildlife, consider booking a sailing charter or snorkeling adventure to experience Maui’s coral reefs up close and personal. Fall is also a great time to learn how to surf in Maui, as it’s considered one of the island’s low seasons.

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Boardwalk with tall grass on either side.There are plenty of attractions at Virginia Beach, making it perfect for families.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Virginia Beach, VA

Family-friendly Virginia Beach has loads of beachfront attractions including a boardwalk amusement area and even a year-round haunted house. Aside from individual water sports like swimming and stand-up paddleboarding, boat tours for fishing and wildlife watching are popular beach activities.

The three beaches — Resort, Sandbridge and Chesapeake Bay — are relatively empty come fall, despite playing host to awesome festivals where you can compete in an international sand-sculpting championship. While hotels are significantly cheaper in the fall, you also have the option to camp right on the beach at False Cape State Park.

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