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

As previously stated, most East Coast beaches should be a safe bet for the Labor Day weekend, thanks to El Niño. Virginia Beach gets bonus points for a temperature forecast that’s slightly above normal.

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.

5. Chicago

It’s perhaps an unexpected location on the list, but don’t forget that Lake Michigan provides some beachfront for Chi-Town. The Labor Day weekend is forecast to be warmer than normal and somewhat drier than normal, meaning there should be plenty of opportunity to soak up the last bit of summer sun.

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Ultimate Ears Speaker

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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

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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

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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

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