Family beach holidays can create memories for a lifetime, as long as each member of the family is satisfied. As summer approaches, you are likely to have one thing in mind- the beach. Fortunately, you do not have to travel far to find an ideal beach location in the U.S. Right from Florida to New York, and Hawaii to California, there are so many beaches for your next family getaway.
Several blissful stretches can be found beside an ocean with striking mountains in a distance or a rock formation nearby. There are some beaches ideal for water sports activities like surfing or paddleboarding and many family-friendly spots with calm waters are lined with shops and restaurants. Oh yah, don’t forget - if you’re going to bring your dog to the beach, make sure you get him his own doggy pfd! Here are our top picks for your next holiday.
- Poipu Beach, Kauai
The Poipu beach is on the southern shore of Kauai and it is made up of two beautiful beaches that are separated by a narrow sand spit known as a tombolo. Both sides have breathtaking views and you can even catch a glimpse of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal on a good, sunny day. One side of the beach is known as the Baby Beach and the water here is sheltered and shallow while the other side is popular for paddleboarding, surfing, and snorkeling.
2. Coronado Beach, San Diego
The sunny weather is reason enough to visit this beach on your holiday. Coronado Beach is a 1.5 mile stretch of golden sand with bits of mineral mica. It is an ideal family destination. Surfers, swimmers, and sunbathers flock here regularly and stay to witness the sunset.
3. Ocean City, Maryland
If you are looking for a clean, white sand beach, this is the one. It is a ten-mile beach with a three-mile dog-friendly boardwalk filled with amusement park rides, shops, bike rentals, and restaurants that make it an ideal vacation spot. You will see various restaurants, hotels, and a brewery on the boardwalk. There are various summertime activities including Family Beach Olympics, Beach Fireworks, surf fishing, and jet skiing.
4. Pope Beach, Lake Tahoe
The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is on the border of Nevada and California and it is known for ski resorts and beaches. The beach is located on the south shore of the lake and is a one-mile stretch of sand surrounded by shady pine trees. You can enjoy excellent views of the Nevada mountains from here. There are food trucks available here in addition to various food options at walking distance.
5. Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach is a gorgeous stretch of white sand that is 2.5 miles along the Gulf of Mexico. You can make the most of your holiday at Pier 60, a hub for entertainment which is located on the beach. It has umbrella chairs, cabanas, and a playground to add to the family fun. This is a beach that promises outstanding sunsets and Pier 60 provides complete entertainment throughout the year.
6. Carlsmith Beach, Hilo
The Carlsmith Beach is not your basic sandy stretch. It is a grassy park overlooking brilliant lagoons. The clear waters here are protected by a reef and they make the area ideal for snorkeling. There are abundant sea turtles that add to the unique experience. Prepare your lunch and head out to the beach to enjoy beautiful views from the picnic table.
7. Grand Haven State Park, Michigan
A lot has been written and spoken about the shores of Lake Michigan but you have to experience it for yourself. The 48-acre park is filled with white sand and offers an opportunity to engage in activities like volleyball, sunbathing, swimming, fat tire biking, and barbecuing. Additionally, there is a playground for the kids and scenic views of the Pier and Lighthouse. Every moment here is worth the while. Come for the beach and you will stay for the incredible sunsets.
8. North Beach, Tybee Island
You can reach the beach in about 20 minutes by car from Savannah. The beach is very peaceful and is a family-friendly spot that is frequented by locals. You can enjoy 360-degree views from the Tybee Island Lighthouse and it is worth the climb, especially in the sunrise and sunset. The North Beach is located between the lighthouse and the beach. The Grill and Bar is a casual spot with an outdoor patio and a tasty menu.
9. Gulf Shores Public Beach, Alabama
Clear water, palm trees, white sand, and fun activities make this beach a standout. It is close to the shops, restaurants, and broad walk with easy access to parking. The beach is so well-maintained that it has become a popular spot for families. It is perfect for activities like boogie boarding and volleyball. There is an entry fee of $3 for the pier and it is worth the experience.
10. Asbury Park Beach, New Jersey
Asbury Park Beach is a mile-long stretch on the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey. It is a clean, lively, white sand beach that is perfect for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing. There is a historic beachfront boardwalk with restaurants, fast food, bars, and shops in addition to a miniature golf and splash park.
11. Carmel Beach, California
This white sand beach is located at the foot of Ocean Avenue which is a favorite surfing spot. You can enjoy a dip in the cool waters with views of Pebble beach on the north and Point Lobos to the south. You can enjoy beach fires at the supplied fire pits and it is a dog-friendly beach where your dog may roam off-leash. Carry lunch and wine to enjoy the magnificent sunset with your family.
These 11 beaches are some of the most popular and gorgeous beaches in the U.S. Plan your next family holiday at one of these beaches and have a fabulous time watching sunsets and engaging in water sports activities of your choice.