5 Reasons to Visit a Northern Beach in WinterIdeas, United States — By Nancy Y on January 13, 2011 at 6:00 am
By Nancy Yeomans
LG Air Travel News Editor
Ah, the beach! Lazing the day away with the sun, sand, and surf. Beaches in the north are primarily summertime destinations. And the sun-seekers flock to them during the short summer season as evidenced by the car and pedestrian congestion. Fast forward to the winter months and those same beaches are all but deserted. However, the towns that serve those beaches have a lot to offer all year round. What you won’t find during the cold weather months: the fist-pumping, party-all-night action made popular on reality TV shows. What you will: miles of uncrowded shoreline and a decidedly laid-back atmosphere.
Here are five reasons for heading to a northern beach in winter:
Try to get to any popular beach destination—Cape Cod, for example—on a summer weekend and you might just give up your beach day altogether. The traffic snarls, tempers flare, and by the time you get to where you’re going (probably 2 hours later than you planned) you’re ready to call it quits! Ditto when it comes time to depart. Head there in the winter months, however, and you’ll encounter smooth sailing. Parking is a piece of cake too.
You know all those cute shops that every beach town has? The ones so crowded during the summer that you can barely get into them, let alone shop to your heart’s content? Well, with a few exceptions, they are still open during the winter and the shop owners are grateful for business during these lean months. A calm environment combined with friendly service make for a very pleasant shopping experience during the off season. And you’ll probably stumble across more sales too!
In addition to the discounts you’ll inevitably garner for accommodations, there are deals to be had for almost everything else in the off season too. While some restaurants may close for some or all of the winter, those that stay open tend to be the tried-and-true places that the local residents frequent. In order to lure customers to their establishment, they might offer 2 for 1 discounts or other great deals. When you get into town, check out the local paper as many restaurants will advertise there. The paper might also clue you in on special happenings that you won’t want to miss.
4) The Local Scene
As the summer crowds descend on a small beach town, the vibe grows more and more frantic and can sometimes be unfriendly. The opposite is true during the winter months. The year-round residents are noticeably more friendly, when not being descended on by the masses, and have more time to interact with visitors. They definitely will appreciate your business and in return may even share helpful information with you. Now is the time to ask about their favorite restaurant, or the best place to go for a hike or run.
Tip: During the summer, there is always a great breakfast joint that has a line out the door or a restaurant that you can never get into. You’ll have an easier time getting in during the wintertime.
5) The Beach
If you’re the type of beach-goer who appreciates the natural beauty of this environment, then wintertime on the coast may be even more inviting than summer. On a sunny day with no wind it can feel downright warm on the sand. Fido won’t be welcome at the shore during the summer months, but he’ll be able to frolic freely once the crowds are gone. If you’re a shell or beach glass collector, the competition for the good stuff will be much less too.
Tip: Those locals from number 4 can tell you how to find out at which beaches you’re most likely to score the best shells, etc.
Enjoy being at the beach this season.
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