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  1. Wuchie

    Wuchie Beach Lover

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    We are wondering if it is less crowded on 30A in late September and early October?
     
  2. Will B

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    After Labor Day, it quiets down a lot....
     
  3. StepfordWife

    StepfordWife Beach Comber

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    It is much, much less busy. I always go in fall. Last week of Sept is still a bit too hot for me so prefer end of October or even November. There is a bump in activity over fall break, which for southern schools seems to usually be around the week Columbus Day occurs, which is Oct 8th this year. It’s busier but not anything like spring break or summer. Huge drop off in hurricane risk past Nov 1, although they can still occur. Also, the weather is awesome during the fall. Years ago when I first started coming to 30A, I asked locals what they thought was the best time of year, and they all said fall.
     
  4. Ohio Girl

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    Any time other than spring break and summer is wonderful.
     
  5. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Fall is busy! It's festival and event season here like many other places. Because of nice weather and to create a shoulder season for tourism. Plus homeowners weekends and fall breaks for schools.

    So while we do have plenty of visitors through Thanksgiving holiday week, it's only certain weekends with crowds. But nothing like summer.

    Love fall here in SoWal. Still warm through December but nice temps.
     
  6. Conn006

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    We’ve got a vacation home down here. We noticed this week has been the worst we’ve ever seen in terms of crowds at restaurants at all times of the day! We love coming in Oct, walk in anywhere and immediately eat. It’s truly wonderful!
     
  7. Mike Jones

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    School Fall break... Winter break is now too crowded.
     
  8. Sweet Pot Pie

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    We are thinking about spending Thanksgiving here. Thoughts?

    On another note, we drove to Destin yesterday. Never again....

     
  9. elgordoboy

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    shh..this is why we can’t have nice things
     
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  10. Everytime

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    The problem is that some of the #BuildBuildBuild and #TourismTourismTourism people keep overmarketing the area and annually expanding the geographical market reach of media/advertisement. We went to Seaside, ate some gelato, bought some mercantile goods, and ate some burgers, fries and fried pickles, and the commute there (from Eastern Lake area) was about 45 minutes plus 10-15 to find a parking spot. #LeaveNoStoneUnturned
     
  11. Lisalisa

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    Thanksgiving is busy but not like summer
     
  12. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    November is my fave. Thanksgiving week is pretty busy here.but awesome. Do it!
     
  13. groveral

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    Absolutely correct!
     
  14. raven316

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    We've been coming at Thanksgiving for 12 years. Until abut 5 years ago it was pretty dead until the day before but then it's been more crowded the entire week. I'm mostly in it for the surf fishing and, just like spring and summer, you can get in some good time from dawn until about 10 and then back in the late afternoon. Unfortunately late afternoon is abut 3:30 in November!
     

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