10 Of The Best Beaches For Families (PHOTOS)

by AOL Travel Staff Subscribe to AOL Travel Staff's posts Posted Apr 25th 2011 07:30 AM


Ahhh . . . the family beach vacation. It's as all-American as apple pie, a time-honored tradition where some of the best childhood memories are made.

Everyone has their favorite sands, but when it comes to family-friendly options, not all are created equal.

ShermansTravel.com picked 10 great family beaches across the country that parents and kids alike are guaranteed to love – whether for their gentle surf, range of activities, sand-castle potential, or educational elements.

So gather the gang and pack up the SPF and beach ball – it's time to take the clan to the sand!

Text, photos, and captions courtesy of ShermanTravel.com, adapted from "Top 10 Family Beaches."

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October 04 2011 at 7:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can't believe Cooper's Beach in Southampton, Long Island isn't on this list! After all, it is the best beach in the Hamptons. And the best thing is that Cooper's Beach is located in the charming Southampton town, where you can shop at boutique stores, dine at excellent restaurants, go to the museums, and of course..be in the Hamptons (not just for the summer, but in any season!). For accommodations, I stayed at the Southampton Inn and highly recommend it: VERY comfortable bedrooms, onsite restaurant, pool + tennis court, and is only 2 minutes away from Coopers Beach. and they allow dogs too!

April 28 2011 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gloria LaCoe

Hilton Head is a great place to vacation and/or live. Contact me to find out more about this beautiful place

April 26 2011 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Coronado, California, is absolutely beautiful, EXCEPT, it's right near the base and when you sit on the beach, all you hear are the planes go buy and very close too. Heck, you can't even read a book or hold a conversation, then you have to stop talking because of the planes.

April 26 2011 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to barbgiano's comment

Actually, not air planes but jets.

April 26 2011 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hard to believe Rehoboth Beach, Delaware missed the cut.

April 26 2011 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

new hampshire beaches are not crowded extremely clean and the water quality is perfect

April 26 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Can't believe NO South Carolina beaches made the list. Who wants to go to a beach where the water is too cold to swim??? Pawleys Island, Litchfield, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, Folly Beach - all in SC - all are beautiful and great for kids and adults.

April 26 2011 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Suzie's comment

Hi Suzie! Hilton Head Island is in South Carolina

April 28 2011 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


April 26 2011 at 7:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Kim is back!

Well I did not stay at the Hotel Del Coronado but only visited the beach last 7/2010. I know the outside of it was pretty unorganized at that. I don't know what all the hip is on this beach, coming from Southwest Florida! Parking sucks having to park right in front of someone's house along a curb. The water is too cold and yes I know the Californians are use to it but something a little closer to our body temperature is nicer. But the hot tan sand compared to our beautiful white powder sand?? Nothing beats laying on the comfort of soft white, cooled sand on our beaches and at least there is not the aggravating fly's that we dealt with just walking on this beach! Come see for yourself to Sanibel Island or better yet, Captiva Island is just down the road. More pristine, more secluded. But don't look for any fast food restaurants on these islands. There is only a DQ on Sanibel. Good tropical restaurants with fresh seafood at most places. Captiva is more for couples, but Sanibel has more to offer with families needs. This is an island of its own. Good for fishing and fishing trips and needed R & R. I have lived in this county my entire life and have done alot of traveling. I am barely a middle class citizen, but know that there are beaches that are good for certain kinds of individuals. So if you're a beach person, travel and check them out yourself. Once you find that "best" beach for you, you'll probably want to visit there for the rest of your life.

April 26 2011 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
andrea mema

best beaches are still on long island. montauk, jones beach, & the hamptons. too bad they are so so expensive for a hotel nearby.....................you have to know somebody rich to stay out that way.............

April 26 2011 at 7:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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