10 Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA!

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Now is the time to plan your spring break and summer family vacations. If your family is anything like my family your plans probably include a beach vacation. We look forward to it all year long. There are so many beautiful family-friendly beach vacations across the United States.

If your idea of a vacation is the sand between your toes and jumping in the ocean waves then this list is for you! Here is my list of the 10 best family beach vacation destinations across the USA. Get your bathing suit and floaties ready!

1. Captiva Island, Florida

Captiva Island is famously known for its beaches filled with miles and miles of gorgeous seashells that wash up on the shore. Grab a bucket and roam around collecting and sorting. Just don’t forget shoes to protect your feet.

2. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Cape Cod is the place that many New Englanders flock to for their summer vacations. No matter what part of Cape Cod you visit there is always so much to do! From great shopping to amazing restaurants to fun family activities you will never run out of things to do.

3. Marco Island, Florida

By far, Marco Island is our family’s favorite spring break vacation. We have visited 3 times because we love it so much! You can read all about it in detail on our posts about the best activities and restaurants in Marco Island.

4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Myrtle Beach is famous for its fun family activities and amazing restaurants. There is fun for the whole family!

5. Maui, Hawaii

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Maui is the 2nd largest of the Hawaiian islands and when I visited it was love at first sight. From the beaches to the volcanos to the lush forests, it is one breathtaking site after another. There is so much for families to do but yet very laid back promoting a relaxing vacation.

6. Carmel, California

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Carmel village is only one square mile which makes it very accessible for families. It is filled with restaurants and cozy little shops and cottages. The white sand beach is perfect for building sand castles and digging your toes in the sand.

7. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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With gorgeous beaches and endless recreation options, Hilton Head Island makes a great family vacation destination. You can climb to the top of a lighthouse, go on a boat tour, and horseback riding just to name a few.

8. San Diego, California

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Home of the famous Mission Beach, San Diego is an ideal family destination. The San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and Seaworld are all great activities along with the amazing surf and sand at Mission Beach.

9. South Padre Island, Texas


The saying goes “Everything is Bigger in Texas,” right? Well, South Padre definitely lives up to that with 34 amazing miles of stretches of beaches. This family-friendly destination is full of music, swimming, watersports, and family activities galore.

10. Ocean City, Maryland


This beach destination is famous for its boardwalk where you can play arcade games, eat great food, and ride a carousel. If you get tired of the beach, there is even a full-blown water park.

There you have it! 10 amazing family-friendly beach vacations in the USA. Did you start planning your next vacation? With all of this inspiration, I am starting today. Happy Vacationing!!

Lisa is a Lifestyle, Family and Travel Writer who has a love of all things travel, all things food, and all things living life. She gives family travel tips, the inspiration to dream, and the real deal of family life. It is not always roses and daisies, but that's life!

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