Shoulder Season

Updated: 2017-03-27.

A shoulder season, in travel terminology, is the time between high and low seasons, or peak and off-peak seasons. Usually rates are slightly lower than during the high season, along with slightly lower temperature and crowds; shoulder seasons, however, will have higher rates, temperatures, and crowds than the full off-peak season.

Cynics might say that the shoulder season is a term that hotels and airlines use to charge the high rates of peak season, while being able to offer attractions, staff, and resources typical of the off-peak season.

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