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The 8 Best Beaches to Visit in October

In theory, a beach trip should always be an opportunity to escape everyday life—a relaxing, fun-filled, stress-free time. Unfortunately, what often happens during peak beach season is the opposite. If you’re tired of dealing with crowds, commotion, and the constant struggle to find a spot on the sand, we have an easy solution: rethink your timing. Skip May through September in favor of an October beach getaway, typically the best time of year for finding fewer tourists and still-sunny weather. Below, the 8 best beaches to hit this October.

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Browne's Beach, Barbados
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Browne’s Beach, Barbados

If you want a Caribbean vacation in October, opt for Barbados—its easternmost position makes it one of the least likely islands to experience a direct hit during hurricane season. Considered one of the best beaches on the island, Browne’s Beach boasts calm, warm, crystal-clear water that’s perfect for morning snorkeling with sea turtles—one of the area’s most popular activities. After your marine life encounter, you can wind down on the fluffy white sands or grab food and drink from any one of the local beachside restaurants. Speaking of good bites, don’t miss the October Food and Rum Festival to see Barbados live up to its “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” title, with an appearance by British celebrity chef Tom Aikens.

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Raffles Seychelles
Raffles Seychelles
4 Anse Lazio, Prasilin Island, Seychelles, Woman wearing stylish bikini enjoying swimming and snorkeling at amazing Anse Lazio beach on Praslin Island, Seychelles. Summer vacations on picture perfect tropical beach concept.
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Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Often called one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Lazio is fantastic year-round, but an October visit means fewer crowds and milder weather. Enjoy views of the turquoise Indian Ocean waters and fine-grained, white sands from a villa at Raffles Seychelles on the island of Praslin. Framed by palms and indigenous Takamaka trees, the beach feels like true tropical paradise.

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Playa de la Tejita, Canary Islands, Spain

With average highs of 79 degrees in October, the Canary Islands are ideal for a fall beach getaway. Playa de la Tejita is a gorgeous, large, natural beach with views of the Montaña Roja and strong winds perfect for kite- and windsurfing. While the sea tends to be too choppy for swimmers, the beach is excellent for sunbathing, surfer-watching, and long scenic walks, especially for those looking for something secluded and totally crowd-free.

RELATED: The Most Underrated Places in Spain

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Sunrise on Driftwood Beach in Jekyll Island, Georgia
Sea oats wave against the sky on a sand dune on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
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Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Photographers (and everyone on Instagram), gather round: Driftwood Beach is a must-see this month. Famous for its sandy strip piled high with pieces of—you guessed it—driftwood, this picturesque Georgia locale is jaw-droppingly pretty. While summer months can be stifling hot here, October kicks off the pleasant weather season. Grab your cameras, Jetsetters!

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Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Fiji
Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Fiji
Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Fiji
Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Fiji

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Yasawa Islands Beaches, Fiji

October is the perfect time to visit Fiji before its cyclone season starts in November. Looking for the ultimate relaxation spot? The unspoiled beaches at Yasawa Islands are extra serene compared to Fiji’s more popular Mamanucas. One caveat: this getaway is best for someone wanting to really disconnect, since there aren’t many shops or restaurants on the island—here, it’s all about natural beauty. With clear blue waters and uncharted reefs, the Yasawas are especially great for scuba diving and snorkeling. You also can’t miss swimming in the hidden chambers of the Blue Lagoon Caves. We recommend staying at Yasawa Island Resort for access to 11 of the most amazing private beaches and the opportunity to stay in a traditionally thatched, beachfront bure suite.

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Beautiful famous Pfeiffer Beach on Highway 1.
Setting sun glows through the keyhole at Pfeiffer Beach
Beautiful famous Pfeiffer Beach on Highway 1.
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Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur is famous for its spots of purple—yes, purple—sand, a result of  concentrated garnet minerals mixed in with the quartz. Majestic, right? The beach’s towering rock formations create an additional sense of awe, as does the adventure of getting there. (The beach is notoriously tricky to find, but that makes the incredible sights even more rewarding.) Though October temps are a little cooler—lows of 45 degrees and highs of 69—the crowds are much smaller than in summer months. Plus, fall in Big Sur is prime time for wildlife lovers, since hundreds of monarch butterflies in the area’s Andrew Molera State Park begin migrating come October.

RELATED: 10 Incredible Places to Visit in California

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Isle of Palms Beach, South Carolina
Isle of Palms Beach, South Carolina
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Isle of Palms Beach, South Carolina

For a calm, clean, can’t-go-wrong spot in the U.S., pay a visit to Isle of Palms in South Carolina. The beach is huge, which means people can spread out to find a quiet section for peaceful sunbathing, and the waves are mild and relaxing. Prepare for balmy, high of 77 degree weather in October, one of the most comfortable (read: not muggy) times of the year.

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Taharuu Beach, French Polynesia
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Taharu'u Beach, Papara, Tahiti

For something a little different than the white or gold sands most people are used to, check out the Beach of Taharu’u in Papara, Tahiti. Here, you’ll find a change of scenery with a stunning black-sand beach complete with mountain views. The spot is known for its huge surfer-friendly waves, and there are picnic tables along the soft sand for beachgoers to eat, relax, and soak up the sun and sights before Tahiti’s humid, rainy season begins in November.

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