20 Best Family Beach Vacations In The USA
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20 Best Family Beach Vacations In The USA

20 Best Family Beach Vacations In The USA

Top US Beach Vacations For Families

Family vacations are something to look forward to every year. One of the best places to vacation as a family is at the beach. There are so many wonderful beaches across the United States. Experiencing the sand between your toes, hearing the crashing of waves at night, building sand castles, and soaking in sun together as a family can be some of the most memorable moments of your year. (Not to mention relaxing!) I have gathered a list of the 20 best beach vacations for the family from around the USA! I hope you can make it to one of these fabulous beaches soon!

1. Outer Banks in North Carolina This large stretch of beautiful beaches is famous for the Wright brothers first flight. It also is packed with plenty of lodging options nearby and a wide array of cuisine to taste and family activities to choose from.

2. Pine Knolls Shores in North Carolina Beautiful beaches and Maritime forests make this city a wonderful family beach experience.

3. Myrtle Beach in South Carolina Visit the Atlantic Ocean in all is splendor. This famous and popular beach destination is packed with fun family activities, comfortable lodging, and amazing restaurants all around. If you have a golfer in the family, this is also a good destination to find a tee time and enjoy a picturesque round of golf. 

4. 12 Mile Beach Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan The stunning sandstone cliffs of the Pictured Rocks will show you the wild beauty of Michigan. Lots of camping, hiking, and swimming to be done on this sprawling shoreline of Lake Superior.

5. Waikiki Honolulu, Hawaii Once the playground of Hawaiian royalty, this world-famous beach is now a gathering place for families from all over the world. The soft sand and calm waters of Waikiki make it the perfect beach for families with children of all ages. 

6. Sanibel Island This island is located just short boat ride from Fort Meyers, Florida. You will love the island life feeling as you relax on the beach. The beaches of Sanibel Island are filled with seashells, perfect for your little one who loves to explore.

7. Santa Barbara, California This city is loaded with fabulous beaches to choose from. Enjoy the Pacific Ocean from a new point of view as most of these beaches face South instead of West. 

8. Wailea Beach in Maui Maui offers quite a few magnificent beaches. Wailea Beach is one of the top beaches in Hawaii with stunning views and crystal blue waters. 

9. Sea Camp Beach Cumberland, Georgia This beach is perfect for the family who loves camping, hiking, exploring and picking up shark teeth off the beach! You will see a wide array of wildlife during your stay. Don’t forget to pack your fishing gear and star gazing equipment.

10. Henderson Beach Destin, Florida Described as sugar sand beaches, Henderson Beach is a stunning beach to visit. Look across the Gulf of Mexico and take in the glimmering emerald green waters. This beach is also pet friendly.

11. The Cove Beach Cape May, New Jersey  The Cove is a laid back beach with a community of surfers. Soft sand and picturesque waves will have you and your family relaxing in a moment. Locals say the majority of the crowds leave at 5 pm. For a special treat stay until the sun sets and enjoy the magic of the waters at night.

12. Hilton Head South Carolinian Island It may be only 12 miles by 5 miles wide, but this island is packed with adventure and stunning beaches and fun. Surfing, swimming, eating, hiking, exploring and so much more are offered on this beautiful island.

13. Mission Beach San Diego This beach has a distinct Southern California vibe. Enjoy the quite beach or stroll down to Belmont Park to enjoy a few roller coasters and a fun carnival atmosphere.

14. Gulf Shores Alabama These white pristine beaches overlooking the Atlantic are truly breathtaking. Enjoy relaxing, family activities and all the seafood you can imagine at the Golf Shores.

15. South Padre Island These 34 miles of uninterrupted stretches of beach live up to the saying “Everything is Bigger in Texas.” Watersports, fishing, swimming, music and dancing can all be found on this family friendly island. 

16. Lummus Park South Beach Miami Beach The wonderful thing about this park are the fantastic child play structures available to play on right on the beach. Toddlers to elementary children will enjoy these parks and the beautiful beach. 

17. Ocean City, Maryland This beach destination is packed with fun events and activities to enjoy during your stay. Be sure to check their schedule of events and freebies list to get the most out of your vacation.

18. Ditch Plains Beach Montauk, New York This beach is famous for surfing and standup paddle boarding. Even if you don’t surf you can enjoy this beach, but bring your camera and catch some fantastic shots of the surfers riding the wave.

19. Ft. Lauderdale 23 miles of sunny beachfront fun. The soft surf of this beach makes a perfect family spot. Many hotels, restaurants, and attractions are located within walking distance. 

20. Laguna Beach Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego this 7 mile beach is a wonderful family vacation destination. Nature and art enthusiast will love the natural habitats and gorgeous views in Laguna Beach.

Where is your favorite Beach destination?


  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I love off of Cape Cod, which is THE place to go to the beach if you live on the upper east coast.

  • Pam says:

    I am actually headed to Outer Banks next week. I have heard that it is beautiful!

  • Liz Mays says:

    These are awesome suggestions. A couple of them aren’t too far off. I need to start planning.

  • Grace Hodgin says:

    There are a lot of fun things listed. Sounds like a fun adventure.

  • What great list! Being from NJ I must say Cape May is a great one to visit!

  • Elizabeth O. says:

    It’s so cool that there are a lot of beaches that have activities for families or kids. Beaches are awesome, although I normally pick the ones that aren’t too crowded.

  • I haven’t been to any of these but would love to check them out. I live in NJ and do know that we have lots of great beaches so am not surprised to see the one in Cape May on this type of list.

  • These are definitely some great vacation ideas. Myrtle Beach is one of our personal favorites.

  • Theresa says:

    I’ve been wanting to go to Myrtle Beach for quite some time. I had a co-worker who used to live close to it and was always telling me how fabulous it is, so now it’s on my radar!

  • Tori Gabriel says:

    You do have some beautiful beaches in the States and I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few on your list. Santa Barbara is a favourite of mine. Afraid I was a bit baffled by Venice Beach. The people there seemed crazy! There was a turbaned man on rollerskates playing a banjo that chased people and a naked bloke riding a bike without a saddle. Crazy!

  • Top5life says:

    I would love to visit the Laguna Beach. Wonderful post.

  • Ave says:

    So many great beaches! I’d love to visit Ft. Lauderdale and Sanibel Island. I think I would spend all my days gathering shells when visiting Sanibel island :)

  • Jeanine says:

    This is great to know! I live in Canada and haven’t ever been to a beach in the USA so I’d never know about any of them. I want to start traveling more, and visiting all these different places so this will be helpful!

  • Bismah says:

    This is a really great variety to choose from. My family loves spending time at the beach. It is such a peaceful place and perfect for having lots of fun or relaxation.

  • Harriet says:

    I have only been to a few of those beaches. It is a hard decision choosing 20.

  • I love spending the day on the beach. I have always wanted to travel to Hawaii. If i ever get there i will have to spend the day at Waikiki.

  • Krista says:

    I have never been to any of these beaches…I think I need to get out more!

  • Myrtle Beach is one of my favorite beach destinations. Another is of course the beautiful Outer Banks.

  • I’m ready to hop a plane right now. From this list, no matter which direction I would go, there is a fantastic vacation waiting (the benefit of being in a land locked state in the middle of the country I suppose)!

  • Crystal says:

    I have a niece living in Santa Barbara, and just went to visit her. It’s such a fun town! I could definitely see myself living there.

  • Kristi says:

    I don’t have a favorite but I do like your list. I have been to a few of them… any beach is a good one to me since I live in the midwest:)

  • Debbie Denny says:

    Wow. A great list of beaches. I have never heard of the one in Georgia. I will put it on my list.

  • I’ve been to Florida coast beaches, Texas inland beaches, Oklahoma inland beaches, Michigan inland beaches and coastal beaches. All of them are beautiful and adventurous in their own way. But, my favorite is a small town in MI called East Tawas. I spent many nights there through my life. So many memories.

  • Rosey says:

    I would love to go to Hawaii. We had a trip planned there this summer and had to cancel.

  • Christie says:

    Glad that a few Florida beaches made the list. Sanibel Island is one of our family’s faves!

  • I loved Emerald Isle in North Carolina. I used to go fishing there and it was always the best spot.

    Myrtle Beach is okay, gotta be careful there. They try to push drugs on you, especially at night.

    I also enjoyed Daytona Beach in Fl.

    But my absolute favorite beaches were in Jamaica and Mexico. The water is so blue and the sand is white. You can even see the bottom of the ocean.

  • Chasing Joy says:

    I’d love to visit all of these beaches. The NJ one would be the closest one for me to visit.

  • Love to see Michigan beaches on there since it’s my home state and I love our mile of shore line. I also would like to visit Hilton Head sometime! :)

  • Marina John says:

    These are great ideas. I love vacationing at the beach. I’ve always wanted to visit Laguna beach. It’s on my bucket list.

  • maria s. says:

    Myrtle Beach was my family vacation spot for over 15 years. We stayed at the same hotel and went to the same places every year. It brings me wonderful memories when we go back.

  • Sarah Bailey says:

    Oh wow what some absolutely fantastic sounding beaches – I would love to take a holiday right now.

  • Eileen Launonen says:

    New York’s BEST KEPT SECRET…….FIRE ISLAND LONG ISLAND…..Incredibly beautiful beaches lots of fun bars restaurants, boating,jet skiing, surfing, bike riding, sunsets…all on a private island with rental houses that have tons of amenities….There are several towns for all walks of life to name a few Ocean Bay Park (good for young partiers home of the legendary Rocket Fuel drink) Cherry Grove (Mainly Gay community with tons of fun bars parties home of the Cherry Grove “Queen” competition) Kismet (great for families with children) Ocean Beach (tons of bars restaurants entertainment bands dj’s good for families & singles) All towns are beach front and bay front to the Atlantic Ocean…Ferries take you to Fire Island from the main land of Bayshore Long Island or Sayville Long Island. greatest part NO CARS ALLOWED this island is CAR FREE ZONE!!!! Docking is also available for boaters and Water taxi’s will take you hopping from town to town. Get ready to find a piece of paradise right here up in the North…just amazing!!!!

  • Anne Bernard says:

    Some great suggestions in this list. Love, love, love Laguna Beach!

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