The sun may be setting on this year’s summer, but you don’t need to pack away your beachwear just yet. Booking.com finds that the off-season has plenty going for it; accommodation prices usually drop, the crowds disperse and the average temperatures still look pretty inviting. What’s not to love? Time to look into some of the best options on offer…
Booking.com reviewers have rated these destinations as the best places for beachside holidays in September and October. Combine that with anywhere from a 15% to 87% drop in pricing, and the message is clear: it’s time the pack the suncream and jet off in search of warmer weather!
Prices may drop, but the average temperatures stay high well into the fall in Salvador
No matter what time of year, Salvador beats with a life and energy that is totally unique. September the 7th is also when locals parade through the streets to celebrate Brazil’s independence, so it’s a chance to experience the famous Brazilian party atmosphere.
The average accommodation price in October and September drops by 15%, while the temperature sits comfortably around the 30°C mark, so you can make the most of the white sandy coastline. If you want to take a swim in the ocean, head for Porto De Barra. Here you’ll find calm waters and crowds of locals all year round.
Explore the historic cobbled streets without the crowds in Tavira
With prices dropping an astonishing 87% in September and October, compared to June and July, it’s worth considering a Portuguese getaway. This town radiates old-world charm, with a ruined castle, an ancient Roman bridge and a healthy dose of gothic and renaissance churches to complete the scene.
The weather is on your side, staying between 25°C and 30°C throughout September and October, so you can explore the pretty cobbled streets. Shady plazas dotted throughout the town are the perfect place to cool off. There’s also a traditional fishing port that now houses a modern market – and with such a steep drop in accommodation prices, you’ll be left with plenty of spending money.
You won't have to fight for a spot on Budva's beaches in the fall
With temperatures hovering between 20°C and 25°C, Budva makes a great off-peak getaway. During the peak season it can be hard to see the sand amongst the throngs of tourists and locals, but during the off-season it’s much easier to find space on the shore.
The average accommodation price drops by 52% in September and October compared to June and July, leaving you with enough money to book a scuba-diving trip in the bay. Most of the noisy beachside bars shut up shop too, leaving an altogether more tranquil destination.
Skip the scortching summer temperatures and visit Rhodes in the fall
Rhodes somehow manages to fit nightlife, ancient culture, wooded valleys and sprawling beaches all onto one gorgeous Greek island. While the scorching summer temperatures can make strolling through the cobbled streets almost impossible, during the low season the comfortable mid-twenties temperatures make it a pleasure.
Prices historically drop by around 48% in October compared to July, with plenty of beachside accommodation on offer through Booking.com to give you instant access to the miles of sandy coastline. If you want a change of scenery, it’s hard to beat the Acropolis of Lindos. Amazingly preserved and perched on a 116 metre high hill, this monument dates back to the 2nd century and gives you a glimpse of the island’s former greatness.
Benidorm offers fall travellers all the perks of a peak season visit at a fraction of the cost
It might be hard to imagine, but in the 1960s Benidorm was just a tiny little fishing village. Fast-forward a few decades and this Spanish seaside resort is now famous for its lively nightlife, rows of skyscrapers and miles of beaches. This popularity and the sheer size of the resort means that very few restaurants and attractions shut up shop during the off-season.
Visiting in September or October means you’re far more likely to get a spot on the beach as well. Rooms are much cheaper, dropping by 34% in October compared to July, and the average temperatures are in the high 20°C. Time to leave the cold autumn weather behind, grab a cocktail and get ready to relax.