Top 5 Beaches With Great Labor Day Weather
Hurricane season is in full swing, and thoughts of high winds and torrential downpours may have you reconsidering your Labor Day weekend plans. We checked in with the meteorologists at weathertrends360 — experts in long-term forecasting — to get the outlook for the holiday. To be fairly sure that a storm won’t ruin your vacation, pack up the car and head to one of these beaches, all of which have a low risk for a strong summer storm over the long weekend.
1. Outer Banks, North Carolina
With El Niño suppressing hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year, holiday beachgoers can be more confident in planning their final vacation of the summer to any of the East Coast beaches. The Outer Banks land at the top of our list because of a drier-than-normal forecast for the Labor Day weekend (Friday-Monday) and near-normal temperatures.
2. Virginia Beach, Virginia
3. South Padre Island, Texas
There will be no shortage of hot weather in this southern Texas vacation destination. Again, the presence of El Niño will decrease the chances of a pesky tropical system ruining vacation plans.
4. Daytona Beach, Florida
Not to sound like a broken record, but El Niño once again plays a big role on our list as we’re brave enough to throw in a Florida location, even though we are nearing the climatological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season! Daytona was picked over some of its counterparts because of a drier precipitation forecast; however, most Florida beaches shouldn’t be bad for the Labor Day weekend. We’re not ruling out the occasional shower or thunderstorm (this is, after all, Florida in summer), but a total washout is not expected.
Lovin’ Summer Beach TentFirst one down to the beach pitches the tent. Thanks to its smart design, you can tote Aussie brand Lovin’ Summer’s beach tent on your shoulder and assemble it yourself — making you the envy of all the other early birds struggling to put up their tents. 960 1280
The Original Double-Sided Canvas Game-Bag SetWho doesn’t like a 2-in-1? A Summer Shop’s reversible backgammon and checkers game bag turns into the board. 960 1280
The Beach People Original RoundieIn a sea of beach towels, stand out with this plush, 100% cotton stunner from the Beach People that’s affectionately called the Roundie. 960 1280
Ultimate Ears SpeakerPint-sized. Portable. Bluetooth. Waterproof. The UE Roll is everything you could want from a speaker and more. Bring 360-degree sound with you to the beach and beyond (just strap it on with a marine-grade bungee cord before jumping off that cliff). 960 1280
Acme Picnic Basket for 4Just add food and drinks to this ready-made picnic basket. With bamboo plates, linen napkins and a glass carafe, your beach spread never looked so elegant. 960 1280
Huffy Cape Cod CruiserSplurge on the ultimate beach accessory: a classic Huffy beach cruiser bike, whose nautical-inspired design, leather saddle bag and roomy basket make it worthy of a ride down Main Street in Hyannis, MA. 960 1280
Define Bottle Sport Flip TopStaying hydrated should be a top priority when your plans mostly involve roasting in the sun, and this BPA-free bottle has separate compartments to infuse your water with fresh fruit. Opt for the ice pack to keep your fruit (and you) cool when temperatures rise. 960 1280
Mini Seashell BagIf shelling is a family tradition, these mesh seashell bags are a must. Kids will love picking out a fun pattern to keep their finds separate from their siblings’, and adults will appreciate that you can dip them in the water to rinse instead of tracking sand into the house or car. 960 1280
Lomo’Instant Havana EditionWho doesn’t love instant gratification on vacation? See the world through rose-colored glasses — or one of the colored filter options — on this Lomography camera. Plus, old-school Polaroids will make memorable souvenirs. 960 1280
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Sandpearl Resort (Clearwater Beach)The Sandpearl has all the usual beauty of a beachfront hotel but adds 2 distinctive amenities. First, it boasts the only AAA 4-diamond restaurant in Clearwater, Caretta on the Gulf, which serves up seasonal dishes and ocean views. Second, it features huge beach fire pits, the perfect perch for watching the sunset over the gulf. 960 1280
Sanibel Siesta on the Beach (Sanibel Island)All the extravagances of a luxury resort with all the comforts of home. That’s what guests get at Sanibel Siesta on the Beach, which offers 56 rental condos with full kitchens and space to sleep 6. What you probably don't have at home is a private beach, heated outdoor pool, bike paths and tennis courts. 960 1280
The Breakers (Palm Beach)Established in 1896, the Breakers resort is a veritable playground for vacationers of all ages. Consider that it features a half-mile private beach, 4 pools, 8 restaurants, 10 shops, 2 golf courses, 10 tennis courts, 5 whirlpools and much more. It even has its own reef for snorkeling and scuba diving. 960 1280
Southernmost Beach Resort (Key West)Southernmost Beach Resort is everything you want in a Key West getaway, with classic island design and myriad amenities. Sunbathe on the private pier, grab a cocktail from the beachfront bars, or recharge during aqua yoga classes in the pool. To top it all off, Southernmost is close to the action of Duval Street — but not too close. 960 1280
Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, A Hyatt Residence Club (Siesta Key)Don’t lift a finger during your stay at the Hyatt Siesta Key Beach. Get groceries delivered to your rental condo. Order a drink from your poolside cabana. Venture down to the beach to soak up some sun. Call on one of the chefs-in-residence to cook a family meal in your room. And if you happen to get ambitious, go explore the joys of nearby Sarasota, FL. 960 1280
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (Naples)It may be on the pricey side, but a stay at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is definitely worth it. There’s nothing you can’t do here, from spa treatments to beachside dining to golf to water sports. And with a kids’ camp and babysitting services on-site, it’s a win-win for everyone in the family. 960 1280
South Seas Island Resort (Captiva Island)Get a little wild on your Florida vacation at this resort village and 330-acre wildlife preserve, where natural allure meets luxurious elegance. In addition to lounging on 2 1/2 miles of white-sand beach, guests can go exploring on sailing and fishing excursions or go searching around the island for 230 species of birds and more than 250 types of seashells. 960 1280
Vintro Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach)Can’t decide between a relaxing beach getaway and an exciting South Beach party? Thanks to Vintro Hotel, you can have both. This adults-only spot provides intimacy in spades, including a cozy courtyard and a rooftop pool. But its location in the center of the city’s cultural district means it’s close to all the action. 960 1280
The Seagate Hotel & Spa (Delray Beach)When you stay at the Seagate Hotel & Spa, you aren’t just a guest — you’re an elite beach club member. Less than a mile from the hotel itself (reached via a walk along the shore or a free shuttle), the Seagate Beach Club offers a waterfront pool, additional dining options and private beach access, including towels, chairs and umbrellas. 960 1280
One Ocean Resort & Spa (Atlantic Beach)The beauty of One Ocean Resort & Spa near Jacksonville, FL, is surpassed only by the service it provides its guests. Each visit is customized based on your individual preferences, which are collected during a pre-stay phone call. After arrival, personal docents cater to your every need, from unpacking to booking spa treatments to offering insider recommendations. 960 1280
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