Where Can You Save the Most During the Off-Season?
PHOTO: Poipu Beach, Kauai. (Photo courtesy Kauai Visitors Bureau)
Now that September is here, it’s time to travel – and reap the rewards of fall discounts.
A recent TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals survey revealed that vacation rental rates are discounted as much as 44 percent in the fall in popular destinations.
“Travelers can save hundreds of dollars a week in vacation rentals across the country by traveling in September and October,” said TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals spokesperson Laurel Greatrix. “Fall travelers will avoid the major crowds of July and August without compromising too much on weather. If you’re not beholden to the school schedule, it’s a great time to get away.”
Some of the biggest savings are on the East Coast in beach destinations popular with summer travelers. However, there are savings to be had around the country, on the West Coast and even as far away as Hawaii.
Here are the top 10 places to save.
Bethany Beach, Delaware
Bethany Beach, Del., tops the list, offering fall visitors to its idyllic beaches a savings of up to 44 percent in September and October. But just because you are saving big bucks doesn’t mean that this intimate beach town is any less attractive. Warm weather and a laidback beach vibe do not go out of season when the kids go back to school
Thinking of spending a few days on Martha’s Vineyard? Fall is the time to go. Rates for property rentals are even more affordable in September and October with a drop in price as much as 36 percent.
It’s true that some places are shut down in Martha’s Vineyard after the summer high season, but vineyards are open and the weather is good for strolling, reading and just relaxing and absorbing what this quaint island has to offer.
Destin is recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and while the beach is one of its biggest claims to fame, it’s also known for being the “world’s luckiest fishing village,” tempting visitors all year long. It’s also a steal in the off-season. Rates for vacation homes drop nearly 34 percent.
Panama City Beach
Destin isn’t the only Florida town making the list of awesome off-season destinations. Panama City Beach is also a low-cost escape in the fall. Rates can drop as much as 30 percent in September and October and there’s no lack of things to do.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
The increasingly popular beach destination of Gulf Shores, Alabama, offers up big savings for those seeking relaxation, championship golf, water sports and more in the off-season. Travelers can save up to 29 percent on vacation rentals when they visit in September and October, according to TripAdvisor.
Lake Tahoe, California
There really isn’t a bad time to explore beautiful Lake Tahoe, but if you want to save on accommodation, the fall couldn’t be better. Vacation rentals are 21 percent cheaper at this time of year. Come for the savings and stay for the fabulous hiking, beautiful lake views, incredible golf, gambling and nightlife.
Newport Beach, California
Another California destination that is a win for the fall traveler is Newport Beach where visitors can save as much as 19 percent on vacation rentals. The O.C. has a lot to offer the visitors in September and October, with world-class shopping, harbor cruises and of course, beautiful beaches.
Galveston Island, Texas
Savings abound in Galveston, by far one of the most inexpensive vacation rental destinations on the list. Summer rentals may cost approximately $800 dollars per week, but in the fall, prices dip by 19 percent, meaning that a week on the beach in Galveston will cost around $650.
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For those looking to spend some time in a tropical paradise, Hawaii is the place and Kauai has the biggest savings to offer. While you spend your time surfing, hiking, paddling on the Wailua River or just relaxing on the beach, you will be saving approximately 14 percent on lodging. Week-long rentals can be found for just $1,700.
Park City, Utah
Known for its skiing, Park City is also a fantastic year-round destination with abundant hiking, the Olympic Park and its October “Dine About.” Visitors will also save up to 11 percent when they book a vacation rental in the fall versus the summer, making the destination even more appealing
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