Much of this post was written in 2007. We have been through many spectacular fall since I took the picture in the post. I even had a remarkably similar wonderful evening on the beach almost seven later. It inspired me to update what I had written a little.
If you have never been to North Carolina's coast, and you can sneak away right now, you will never regret that decision.
In fact if things are a little rough, and you need to have your cares vanish for a weekend, going to the beach in October might be just the ticket to a different outlook on life.
Since it was impossible to resist, we went for a walk on the beach this evening. The water temperature on the Emerald Isle beaches is still 81 degrees Fahrenheit. The air temperatures over the next few days are predicted to be in the mid-seventies. It doesn't get much better than that.
There are no crowds, the weather is perfect, the seafood plentiful, and the prices for lodging are cheaper. It is the best time of the year on the beach. We have the same pleasant temperatures in the spring, but the water is cold then.
It was so nice on the beach, I had visions of a pitching a tent, but I know the Emerald Isle Police would frown on that. However, I suspect that I could snag a campsite over on the Bear Island part of nearby Hammocks Beach.
While it seems this be abnormally nice weather, my experience since I wrote the first part of this seven years ago indicates that great fall weather is almost a birth right here on the North Carolina coast. Certainly there is no reason not to enjoy it. This is a great time and place to renew your soul. The beauty and serenity that you can find on an October beach evening here along the Crystal Coast will make a difference in how you see the world.
Here's my quick Emerald Isle Travel Guide to help you plan your vacation.
Update- If you need more advice try our book, A Week at the Beach, The Emerald Isle Travel Guide. It was updated in the summer of 2014 and I am happy to report that seven years after I wrote this post, the fall weather is still great here on the Southern Outer Banks.