Best Time at the Beach: Fall

If you miss salt sticking to your skin as you inhale the sea-laden air or the crunch of Fischer’s sweet caramel popcorn or the rhythm of the reggae beat, you’re in luck.

Fall, or the beginning of the off-season, is the best time to travel to your favorite summer beach resorts. Visitors can still sunbathe, swim, shop, fish, crab, boat, play tennis and golf, visit museums, take classes, and enjoy the nightlife.

 Beach Net is an excellent resource for year-round information for the Maryland/Delaware Eastern Shore. It includes an event calendar to help maximize your stay.

In addition to an abundance of activities, the following lists the reasons that autumn, especially September and October, is the best time to visit the beach.

September and October Temperate Weather 

  • Clear skies and mild temperatures are the best beach weather ingredients.
  • The ocean has warmed over the hot summer months, and the temperature is easier on your body.
Uncrowded East Coast Resort Town

Crowds are limited during the off-season in this Delaware beach resort.

Reduced Crowds Means Less Stress

  • You arrive at your destination quicker with less traffic.
  • Bike riding is less dangerous.
  •  Restaurant hostesses can seat you quickly.
  • Parking at retail stores is easy and there are fewer, or no, lines inside.
  • Golf tee times and tennis court reservations are usually available.
  • Beaches are less crowded, and sometimes no one is in sight.

Relaxed Rules

  • Surf fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and surfboarding are allowed during the day.
  • Dogs are permitted on the beach during certain dates, depending on the town.
A man walks his dog on the beach in Delaware.

Dogs are allowed on most beaches during the off-season.

Best Time for Heavy Blue Crabs

Fall is the best time to enjoy heavy steamed blue crabs. I recommend  Captain Mac’s Fish House & Seafood Market, The Crab Bag, and Fenwick Crab House, in that order.

Packages and Deals

  • Restaurants run specials and advertise happy hour prices to draw customers.
  • Hotels offer vacation packages, and condominium and beach-house-rental costs drop.
  • Shoppers can stock up at “end of season” sales.

In my opinion, the best time to stick your feet in the ocean and squeeze the sand between your toes is now.

 

 

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Snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands

How the Ocean Benefits Your Health

View from Serenity Restaurant in Anguilla, BWI

You can dine at Serenity Restaurant in Anguilla, BWI and breathe the salt air. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Health Benefits of Ocean Air 

According to studies by the Lung Institute, breathing salt air can improve lung function lessening the need for antibiotics. It thins mucus, eases sinus pressure, reduces coughing, and the risk of asthma attacks.

The sea air’s “negatively charged hydrogen ions” promote oxygen absorption improving mood, energy, creativity, and sleep.

 Health Benefits of Ocean Saltwater

Floating in the ocean increases blood flow throughout our body and drives oxygen to the brain making us attentive and energized.

The sea’s magnesium moisturizes our skin, and the antibacterial properties improve ailments such as eczema and psoriasis. According to sources, the ocean boosts our immunity and helps us sleep.

Swimming in cold water releases hormones that elevate our spirit and energy levels and reduce inflammation. In addition to burning calories, a regular cold water dip can release dopamine and upgrade our physical condition.

Saint Barthelemy is in the Lesser Antilles

Shades of blue can calm us. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Warm sea water opens our pores enabling us to detoxify and absorb the ocean’s elements. In places where we see the ocean in shades of blue, it calms some but energizes others.

A boy catches a football in the Caribbean in Torotola, BVI.

Vacation is a great time to relax and exercise. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Increased Physical Activity

Seaside living is conducive to activities like tennis, golfing, running, biking, swimming, surfing, exploring, and walking. Exercise strengthens our bodies and reduces health risks like obesity, some cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and depression, helping us live longer.

Sunlight

Our bodies produce vitamin D from the sun’s UVB rays.  Its anti-inflammatory properties may prevent cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and elevate our disposition. By spending ten to thirty minutes in the sun per day, we can improve our wellbeing. Daily exposure enables the body to store up to 60 days of the vitamin that we lack during northern winters. Darker or sunscreen-coated skin may need longer exposure to realize the rewards.

Seaside Dining 

If you are visiting a seaside resort, you should have your choice of high-protein-low-fat-fresh seafood along with fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy dining.

Conclusion

Years ago, an acquaintance said that he had moved seaside because it was his wife’s “power zone.” They knew that inhaling the oxygen-rich-salt air and wading in the lilting waves was a distraction from worries and elevated their wellness and demeanor.

Home

To enjoy some of the perks at home, rub  Epsom salts on your skin to Polish or exfoliate, then add about two cups to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes to detoxify and enjoy the advantages of magnesium.