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14 Beaches That Are Better in the Fall

Reader's Digest Logo By Tina Donvito of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 14: Looking for the best fall weekend getaway? Autumn just may be the best time to explore Texas's popular beach destination of South Padre Island. The unbearable heat of summer has cooled just slightly to temps in the 80s, still perfect for swimming and beach-going. Hotels are relaxing their prices, snowbirds have yet to descend for the winter, and the rowdy spring break crowds are long gone. Plus, visitors can't miss October's Sand Castle Days, an epic sand-sculpting event that highlights the beach's power-soft white sand. The family-friendly festival features live music, art booths, and yummy food—and best of all, it's free. Stay at the Best Western Beachside Inn for well under $100 a night.
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South Padre Island, Texas

Looking for the best fall weekend getaway? Autumn just may be the best time to explore Texas's popular beach destination of South Padre Island. The unbearable heat of summer has cooled just slightly to temps in the 80s, still perfect for swimming and beach-going. Hotels are relaxing their prices, snowbirds have yet to descend for the winter, and the rowdy spring break crowds are long gone. Plus, visitors can't miss October's Sand Castle Days, an epic sand-sculpting event that highlights the beach's power-soft white sand. The family-friendly festival features live music, art booths, and yummy food—and best of all, it's free. Stay at the Best Western Beachside Inn for well under $100 a night.

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