Just because it’s “autumn” everywhere else doesn’t mean it’s not still perfect here in Florida! As the summertime winds down, and the crowds head home, there’s plenty of space for those who book a Fall trip to the Sunshine State.
Consider the following list of top Florida spots for a September vacation. As the air gets a little crisper, there’s still plenty to see and do in these towns. Happy planning!
Florida September Beach Destinations
There’s no better beach in Florida than Clearwater. Sugar white sand that’s so gentle and soft to walk on. The shallow waters make this beach an ideal place for young children to visit, especially those who may need a break from the start of school! From the activity along the palm-lined Beach Walk Promenade to the serene shores of Sand Key Park, you’re sure to find your perfect spot in the sand on Clearwater Beach. Rent a cabana for a day in the shade or head to the north side of the beach for a little more privacy, away from the pier and marina. For good eats and entertainment, you won’t be disappointed with a night of live music and dancing at buzzing establishments such as Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, Shephard’s Tiki Beach Bar and Grill and Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar.
A mere 20 minutes from Bradenton, laid-back Anna Maria Island awaits. What feels like “old” Gulf Coast Florida with strict business regulations, little to no car traffic, and a peaceful way of life. That’s right, you won’t find any chain restaurants or high-rise, view-blocking buildings here. And oh, the beaches! A seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches line the barrier island of Anna Maria Island between the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida. It won’t be difficult to unwind here in September.
Palm Beach is the land of movie stars. Home to legendary mansions and historic landmarks, and lined with stately palm trees, Palm Beach will make everyone feel like a celebrity. Shop on Worth Avenue, known worldwide as one of the best shopping areas in Florida. Palm Beach Island’s Gilded Age architecture will captivate, as will the chic restaurants.
Home to Florida’s oldest golf course, The Breakers was the premier playground of the Gilded Age and still dazzles today. You’ll also find charming cafés tucked into bougainvillea-scented courtyards where you can cool off with a refreshing glass of rosé.
Walking tours are a great way to discover the island’s history, notable landmarks and cultural institutions like the Flagler Museum, the grand former estate of railroad magnate Henry Flagler. Walk or bike the Lake Trail to see eye-popping yachts, stunning Lake Worth Lagoon views and some of Palm Beach’s most fabulous backyards.
Stop in to the breezy, laid back Delray Municipal Beach and don’t ever leave. This beach has received many awards over the years thanks to its killer waves and easy accessibility. Parking is simple, too, with several lots nearby. It’s low population in September makes for a perfect beach day.
In addition to the sun and sand, Delray Beach has long been a haven for artists and writers. Catch a glimpse of Delray Beach’s artsy side with a stop at the Pineapple Grove Arts District. Right off of popular Atlantic Avenue, the arts district features a little something for everyone, with dozens of art galleries, boutiques, and cafés.
If you’re a nature lover who prefers coastal climates to falling leaves, Jupiter is your spot in September. Yes you can surely hit the beach, but try something new while visiting, too! The city is an environmentally friendly location that boasts plenty of fun, eco-friendly outdoor activities. At Riverbend Park, there are trails for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Dubois Park is a 1,200-foot beach, and it is the location of the Dubois Pioneer Home. Families visiting the park may enjoy the picnic pavilion and snorkeling lagoon.