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When school buses are en route, boots come out of storage, and pumpkin spice fills the air, Florida locals know it is time to pack their beach bags! Though vacations are stereotypically associated with summer, most don’t realize that autumn trips are one of the best times to plan a stay in New Smyrna Beach. We’re revealing 7 secrets on why Floridians book their NSB vacation rental in the fall… and why you should too!

1. Goodbye Intense Heat!

While Floridians may greet 90 degree heat with excitement in early May, we’re more than ready to bid it adieu by September. Fall in New Smyrna Beach surprises visitors with the quintessential beach weather. The temperature is still hot enough for dips in the pool and ocean, but mild enough to where you’re not constantly mopping sweat off your brow. Don’t be fooled however, autumn in Florida is still an extension of summer! Leave the sweaters at home and pack NSB’s year-round attire of sunglasses, flip-flops, and swimsuits.

2. A Shore as Clear as Your Vacation Schedule

Nothing says summer like the beach…and everyone knows it. Sun and sand are universally on the forefront of everyone’s mind during the summer which brings New Smyrna Beach alive with activity. Florida natives know however that early fall is the ideal time to spread your towel out on the shore. With school in session and a resume in routine, beach vacations are less in demand in September and October- even though the weather is still warm and sunny! We recommend booking a direct oceanfront condo or home on the non-driving section for a near private beach experience.

3. The Booking Price Sweet Spot

The rumor is true, vacation rental prices are at their lowest in the fall! If you’re sticking to a vacation budget (read more about our tips here!), there’s no time more wallet-friendly than September, October, and November to book. Savvy local travelers wait until autumn as they know our vacation rentals’ average $100 less a night than their mid-summer rates. Pair these low prices with a return guest discount (or current promotion) and you’ve saved yourself hundreds! Pocket the savings and spend it on something you love, like a seafood dinner at Norwood’s Treehouse or a boat tour on the Indian River Lagoon.

4. Local Events Galore

There’s something about fall in New Smyrna Beach that brings a renewed sense of community and neighborliness. Walking food tours, wine walks, parades, street fairs, and 5k runs typically pepper New Smyrna’s fall event calendar. While large gatherings have been paused this season for safety reasons, there still are local events being safely held during the next few months. Discover the activities and events being hosted this year (and remember to bring a mask + keep 6 feet apart!).

5. You (Almost) Own the Pool

During the fall, most have sadly traded in the lazy days of summer for a more structured routine… which gives you more privacy and space on vacation! While Tuesdays in July look no different than a Saturday, week days in off-season practically grant you a pool to yourself. Grab a float lounger, don your sunglasses, and relax to the peaceful serenity of the ocean nearby. If you’d rather guarantee yourself a private experience, skip sharing altogether and book a  vacation home with a pool.

6. Outdoor Activities Minus the Sweat

In a perfect world, outdoor dining and activities would be a wonderful way to connect with nature and enjoy its beauty. However in Florida, there’s one slight deterrent…we call it humidity. Summer months are often too intense to enjoy outdoor fun that doesn’t involve swimming. As the heat lessens though, activities such as bike riding, boat tours, shuffleboard, tennis, golf, and even dining al fresco all become feasible. Explore our New Smyrna Beach Activities page to find all the fun our beach town has to offer!

7. Greater Selection of Vacation Rentals to Choose From!

The best perk of a fall vacation in New Smyrna Beach? Many of our 300+ vacation rentals are available for you to book! Luxury condos that are booked solid in peak season often have availability in September and October. If you’re an ocean-lover, you’ll find a larger selection of direct oceanfront properties to choose from for your autumn dates. Once you find the beach condo of your dreams, #JustBookIt! Bookings are in real time, so it is best to secure your rental of choice before someone else places a reservation. Our vacation condos and homes are listed on our website where you can browse by view, bedroom, location, amenities, and more! Claim your Florida fall getaway today or call us at 386.478.7863 for a professional vacation planner to secure your stay.