It's After Labor Day. Time for the Beach.

By Elissa Leibowitz Poma
Special to The Washington Post
Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Labor Day weekend exodus at the beach is a lot like a bar manager turning on the lights at closing time. "It's definitely like someone's pulled a switch," says Ocean City spokeswoman Donna Abbott.

Yet September is ideal for a beach vacation: The cost of rentals and hotel rooms drops. Restaurants don't have 45-minute waits. The ocean's edge is finally devoid of that minefield of plastic toy buckets. And if you time it right, that trip over the Bay Bridge is a snap.

Beach town demographics change, too. The group-house denizens and families with super-size broods head home. Those whose lives aren't ruled by a school calendar show up, including retirees, empty-nesters, families with preschool-age broods -- and, this year, maybe you.

Here's a look at three popular regional beach towns and what they offer in the too-good-to-be-off-season.

Rehoboth Beach, Del. | Ocean City | Virginia Beach

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