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You may be surprised to learn that in some years, around  28% decide to take a trip in the fall. Especially in times such as these, when  small groups and close family time are all the rage, traveling off-peak is a wise choice. If you have your eye set on Texas and you’d like to spend a few moments on the beach, there are many to choose from. Bearing in mind that the temperature in this part of the U.S. ranges from 75°F to 85°F, the beach may actually be the ideal place to be during sunny days in October. Take your pick from these five spots.

Mustang Island

Mustang Island, on the Gulf Coast of Texas, is a good choice if you have dogs, since four-legged friends are welcome here. The area is indeed an animal lovers’ paradise, since it is home to a plethora of wildlife, including over 400 species of birds and  Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. In the park area you can build campfires, which is good news if you happen to visit on a cold day. You can also bring your body temperature up by opting for kayaking or stand-up paddling. The soft sands at Mustang Beach look almost white on a sunny day, so this is an ideal place to take Instagram shots in your beachwear. On sunny days, you can get away with wearing a bikini. However, if you will be practicing sports, make sure to bring a sporty one-piece too.

Rockport Beach

If you will be traveling with little children, this beach is a good choice. It has few waves and a long stretch of sand, so kids can have fun on the shore building castles and playing with shovels. The area is also home to a host of restaurants and beach shops. Therefore, you can enjoy a hearty meal after swimming, sunbathing and bird watching.

Port Aransas Beach

If you plan on taking lots of beach pics and you don’t want too many subjects in your photographs, then this relatively secluded beach is a good option. It boasts six miles of shore and plenty of space to lay your towel and beach parasol. The water, which ensconced in the Gulf Coast, is nice and warm, so if you are averse to cold water, this might just be your perfect match.

Padre Island National Seashore

What makes this spot so special is the fact that it is the largest undeveloped barrier island in the world. It has over 130,000 acres of dunes, beaches and grassy spots, so it is ideal for everything from family picnics to lounging on a towel working on your tan. This beach appears in many documentaries as it is the spot where many baby turtles make their entry into the ocean. The beaches are clean and pristine, ideal for those wishing to feel like they are on an island of their own.

If you will be in Texas in the fall, don’t forget to visit a few of its beaches. There are many to choose from – over 10, in fact, so whether you’re after a busy or a quiet ambience, you will find what you are looking for. There are many options for wildlife viewing and photography as well, so make sure to bring the equipment you need to capture the most special moments of your trip.