(BPT) – You may think fall is time to put the sandals and sunscreen away, but autumn months offer a great opportunity to explore beaches near and far. Consider these eight reasons to escape to the beach with your family and create a fall you’ll always remember.

1. A change of scenery is good for mental health

Many people have spent the past several months staying close to home, but changing your scenery can support mental wellness. Whether you visit a beach nearby or take a trip to a different state, even one day away enjoying Mother Nature can help you rejuvenate.

2. Sand is soothing and can help reduce stress

With remote work still in full swing and many kids studying at home, stress levels can be high. Fortunately, researchers have found that just touching sand can inspire relaxation. You’ll find plenty if you plan an escape for fall to the Myrtle Beach area’s 60 miles of pristine coastline and watch as your worries melt away. Learn more at www.visitmyrtlebeach.com.

3. The beach is a great educational opportunity

Whether your child is a preschooler or teen, consider taking them on an educational journey exploring the beach. From learning about the local flora and fauna to studying an area’s unique history, this is one lesson they’ll wish would never end.

4. You can enjoy warm weather safely

While temperatures are dropping in many areas of the country, coastlines often see temperate climates throughout fall. With warm autumn weather, the Myrtle Beach coastline has plenty of room to social distance while dipping your toes in the sand, listening to the sounds of waves crashing and destressing from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

5. Sunshine boosts your vitamin D

Along with the fresh air, being on a beach brings plenty of sunshine, which boosts your vitamin D levels as well as your mood. Just make sure to wear proper sunscreen to prevent burns, even on overcast days.

6. Smaller crowds make travel enjoyable

The change of season means crowds are down, which can mean a safer, more enjoyable travel experience. There are endless ways to try something new along the Grand Strand safely. Spend the day bird watching at Huntington Beach State Park before heading to the park’s nearby beach or visiting sensory-friendly animal sanctuaries and exhibits at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach.

7. Accommodations provide amazing views

Finding quiet spots with breathtaking backdrops is not difficult in the Myrtle Beach area. If you prefer to stick to your hotel room, choose a property that offers an oceanfront view. For instance, Island Vista Resort is unique in that all of its suites’ balconies face the ocean, so there’s really no worry that you will get stuck with anything less than an unobstructed look at the Atlantic Ocean.

8. Enjoy autumn splendor all around

In many beach towns, the beauty of fall extends beyond the shoreline. Check out the local parks and gardens to enjoy stunning scenery as well. When in Myrtle Beach, check out Brookgreen Gardens. Its massive grounds feature 9,000 acres of floral gardens and outdoor sculptures. Tip: admission is good for seven consecutive days.

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