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Guides | 09.22.2021

A Guide To The Most Affordable Beach Vacations In September 2021

Don't forget to pack a blunt while you hit the road and discover the best beaches on a budget, as we say farewell to the summer season.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Unlike the popular Netflix show, Outer Banks’ fall season lets you explore the 100-mile-long sand dunes while steering away from the summer crowd of local beach bums and treasure hunters.

The seafood in Outer Banks shouldn’t go unmentioned, as places like Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, and Wanchese serve their fresh tuna, swordfish, mahi-mahi, shrimp, crab, and more. Suppose you’re looking for Outer Banks’ infamous treasure (which unfortunately doesn’t exist).

In that case, there’s no better place to get in the spirit, as you can explore the various shipwrecks and visit Ocracoke Island, where the famous pirate Blackbeard allegedly met his maker.

The Oregon Coast, Oregon

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There’s no better way to end summer than a lowkey and relaxed getaway with Oregon Coast’s sweater-wearing seaside strolls and its picturesque scenery. Take a trip down to Bandon Beach and get your feet wet in its shallow waves with four miles of breathing room.

A more retro and nostalgic experience comes with Rockaway Beach, Pronto Pup (the birthplace of the corndog), or Cannon Beach’s infamous Haystack Rock that’s usually crowded as ever during the summertime.

Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, Maryland/Virginia

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For horse lovers everywhere and from the Misty of Chincoteague series lies Virginia/Maryland’s Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed and quiet vacation spot to end the summer, Virginia/Maryland’s Chincoteague and Assateague Islands is the perfect destination to witness swimming flocks of ponies, white-sand beaches, and farmer’s/flea markets. Assateague’s northern beach also allows legal drinking.

Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Although summertime in Atlantic City leaves guests craving the beach and the hot sunny days, its fall season emphasizes other attractions like the four-mile-long boardwalk and the many casinos.

Get your nightlife on with HQ2 Nightclub and Beachclub, or kick back and relax at the lowkey poolside cabana at Ocean Casino and Resort.

Portland, Maine

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Fall in Portland brings a massive shift in energy from the booming summer season. As Bostonians and New Yorkers head back home, the crowd becomes significantly smaller and more local, leaving you wandering the lighthouse-scattered beaches at your own relaxed pace.

Head downtown to James Beard award-winning Central Provisions, cocktails at the North Point or Blythe & Burrows, or the various lobster joints/breweries waiting to seat you.

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