For those new to the world of travel in the shoulder season, you are in for a treat. More than just about saving money, traveling in the shoulder season further benefits travelers in many other ways. From access to better accommodations to shorter waits in line and a more “authentic experience”, the shoulder season offers you the best features of the peak travel season and the off season all in one. Coconut Club Vacations invites you to check out 3 of this fall’s popular shoulder season destinations for travel. Timing is everything, find out why.
Always lovely, the Riviera Maya region of Mexico can get a little crazy during its high season which is generally considered to be in winter, especially during the holidays. Millions of Americans and others head to this lovely and historic part of Mexico as an escape from the cooler weather and some much needed sunshine. In late fall the beaches empty out, the tourist attractions quiet down and a calmer and more traditional way of life comes into view. From a pleasant and much less crowded day at Tulum or Xcaret to traditional festivals such as the Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Day, a traditional Mexican Celebration hosted by locals in cities throughout the region, you really can’t go wrong. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival in November is another fun way to enjoy your experience but be sure not to miss some quality beach time in Akumal as well. Other unique sites include the Mayan Caves, the coral reef and the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an.
A popular state year round, things tend to be a bit more quiet in this lovely Pacific island destination in late fall. Much like the Riviera Maya, the beaches tend to be less crowded and the popular tourist sites easier to get into as well. For those who have been to this island paradise, you may likely be familiar with the cost of travel here. While you can certainly find some good deals year round if you shop or eat like the locals, you are generally going to be paying a premium in summer and winter in this state. Pleasant temps in the 70s during the day in addition to fun cultural events and celebrations make fall an often underestimated destinations this time of year.
Last on our list is the beautiful and inspiring Grand Canyon. Summer is by far the most popular time of the year to visit this amazing national park but usually for no other reason than the kids are not in school. A top tourist destination, the Grand Canyon sees millions of visitors each year making lines to get in long, and crowds a bit daunting during the summer. In fall, not only do you have comfortable day time temperatures and beautiful views but shorter lines, and lower prices. Early fall is the best time of the shoulder season to visit. Snow can begin falling in this area due to its elevation in early November and roads close often in late October. Early October and late September are perfect times to visit and avoid the crowds.
No matter when you choose to travel, look for ways to make the most of your experiences and travel smart.