For some, Labor Day marks the end of summer and beach season. But in North Carolina's Brunswick Islands, fall is one of the best times of the year to visit offering many reasons to extend your beach season. With six expansive beaches on five islands, mild temperatures, and countless fun events and activities, the Brunswick Islands is the perfect place for a fall beach getaway.

Soak Up Some Sun

Fall day on Sunset Beach In North Carolina

Fall evenings may be cool but the days are warm in the Brunswick Islands. The average high in September is 85 degrees with an average water temperature around 80 degrees. And, you’ll enjoy average temperatures in the upper 70s throughout October and upper 60s in November with water temperatures at an average of 75 degrees in October and 70 degrees in November. With this great coastal climate, you don’t have to say goodbye to beach time just because it’s fall – the Brunswick Islands’ mild temperatures make it a perfect time for a coastal getaway.

Experience a Weather Wonder

Sunset at Oak Island

                                                                                                                       Photo: Fall sunset over the Atlantic Ocean

From fall through early spring, beach-goers can take in both sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, thanks to the Brunswick Islands’ unique south-facing beaches and the angle of the sun this time of year. This rare natural phenomenon was named one of "10 Incredible Phenomena You Have to See in Fall" by

Relax, Explore, Enjoy

Southport Wooden Boat Show

Some come to the beach simply to relax, smell the clean salt air, listen to the gentle waves, eat some fresh seafood, and spend time with loved ones. That's a great vacation! For others, there are ample ways to enjoy outdoor activities such as golfing, fishing, ziplining, and kayaking. Or maybe you'd like to climb a lighthouse or two. Or stroll the oak-lined streets of historic Southport. That's also a great vacation!  Plus, fall in the Brunswick Islands includes not-to-miss events like the North Carolina Oyster Festival and the North Carolina Festival by the Sea both in October and the Southport Wooden Boat Show in November. Whether you want to fill your days with activities or escape the daily grind by doing nothing but hanging at the beach, the Brunswick Islands will not disappoint.

Dog-Friendly Beaches


You don't have to leave your furry family members behind when you visit the Brunswick Islands for a fall vacation. Pet rules and regulations vary from beach to beach, but leashed dogs are allowed on all Brunswick Islands beaches all day in the fall. And, if you want to give your dog some off-leash time, head to Caswell Beach, Oak Island, or Bald Head Island where your best buddies can enjoy a little extra freedom. Just be sure to check out our Pets on the Beach page for the exact times you can let your dog off-leash. Of course, dogs should be under the control of their owner at all times. You can also find pet-friendly accommodations and restaurants on our website. From rolling in the sand to splashing in the waves, your puppy pals will love their beach getaway as much as you will!

Off-Season Rates

Enjoying the afternoon on the porch of a oceanfront vacation rental home

As the season changes from summer to fall, so do the rates. Fall is a perfect time to get that dream oceanfront vacation rental at an off-season rate. The Brunswick Islands offer plenty of charming beach vacation rentals that will fit any group including cozy condos, coastal cottages, and large beach homes that can accommodate your extended family and friends. Swimming pools, fully equipped kitchens, and, of course, beautiful views are just a few of the perks. Whatever your budget or group size, North Carolina's Brunswick Islands has the perfect home away from home for your fall getaway.

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