Often when you think of beaches, well of course you think of sand but apart from that, you may think of romantic walks along the beach or towering waves on which you can surf. These are two of the top reasons for visiting the beaches but what about a family break, one that all the family can enjoy. Often a top family resort is not advertised as much as the adventure or romantic ones and so it is hard to know where to go with all the family.
Here are probably the top 10 family resorts which feature family friendly beaches:
01: Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, Massachusetts
Situated on endless miles of beach on the Cape Cod National Coastline, free family campfire nights and ranger –guided nature walks are among the attractions. Paddling and bilking can be part of the day, followed by kiddies meals served on Frisbees to finish off.
02: Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York
Spot the famous at this Hampton’s treat. Enjoy this gently sloping beach with lifeguards in attendance and mansions to the side. Whilst here enjoy looking through the shops along the quaint tree lined lanes.
03: Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
The Kauai vacation rentals offers you a chance to experience an amazing vacation with the most beautiful view. A beautiful two mile long beach that offers spectacular views of the Emerald Mountains with their glistening waterfalls. This is an ideal place to learn to surf on the calmer waters during the summer and a great place to vacation with the family.
04: Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
A pristine barrier island 20 miles south of Charleston. Here you can Kayak through preserved mangrove lagoons or relax on the beach but don’t miss the weekly Oyster roast or BBQ as you watch the sunset.
05: Santa Cruz Beach, Santa Cruz, California
This is home to the last great amusement park on the West Coast. There are plenty of rides for the kids and for a break from the beach, from the promenade, take the Roaring Camp Railroad to the majestic forest of Redwoods.
06: Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
This boasts the whitest and finest sands in the world with its ‘powdered sugar’ feeling sand which is 99% quartz. Manatees, Dolphin and Pelicans are common sights from here and the Siesta Key Village is renowned for being kid friendly.
07: Coronado Central Beach, Colorado, California
With 15 miles of designated pathways for biking or rollerblading, the teens will be fine. Sandcastle and kiting are available on the beach for younger ones. Of course there is also boogie boarding and surfing on the warm waters.
08: Crane Beach, Ipswich, Massachusetts
Situated north of Boston, this is often referred to as the other cape. Trails through sand dunes and past salt water pools will keep many amused and home made sandwiches or fried clams will keep everybody fed.
09: Stinson Beach, Stinson Beach, California
3 ½ miles of amazing coastline with hang gliding, kayaking and surfing. Take the trail through 700ft Redwoods followed by an inventive flavored ice cream from Flying Pig Ranch.
10: Lifeguard Beach, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
If 16 miles of unspoiled beaches isn’t enough for you then visit the Lighthouse or the exhibit about Blackbeard the Pirate who frequented here.