For many families summer just wouldn’t be summer without a great family beach vacation.  To make it easier for you to plan this Summer’s beach getaway, we have compiled a list of our top ten favorite family-friendly beach vacation destinations.  All of the places listed have great sandy beaches, restaurants, kid-friendly accommodations, beautiful views, and lots of opportunities for summertime fun for the whole family.
  1. Amelia Island, Florida– offering over 13 miles of beautiful white sandy beaches, your family will have fun in the sun relaxing or playing in the sand.  Amelia Island has numerous accommodations from camp rentals to the World famous Ritz Carlton.
  2. Huntington Beach, California– one of the best family beaches in the Country.  Located in the ever popular Orange County, restaurants, one-of-a-kind stores and surf shops line the Main Street.  The town’s surfing history and authentic surf scene have earned it the name Surf City USA.  Huntington Beach is especially popular among the tween scene.
  3. Hilton Head, South Carolina– a great family destination, offering beautiful beaches, family-friendly restaurants, world-class golf courses, and lots of shopping.    A personal favorite among our Skinny Mom staff.  Hilton Head is the perfect beach town with over 30 golf courses, 14 plantations, and 6,000 rental properties, there is something for the whole family.
  4. The Golden Isles, Georgia– a best kept secret for a family vacation getaway.  Offering some of the Southeast’s most beautiful beaches and full of history, the Golden Isles will be a family vacation spot your kids will not soon forget.  The Golden Isles include St. Simon’s Island, Little St. Simon’s Island, Seas Island, and Jekyll Island.  One of our favorite resorts to stay in is the Lodge on Little St. Simon’s Island, perfect for nature lovers and the family that just wants some peace and quiet.
  5. Kapalua Beach, Hawaii– Maui offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and home to our favorite Kapalua Beach.  We love Kapalua Beach for it’s sheer beauty, warm water, and soft sand.  Your kids will love snorkeling,bodysurfing, and kayaking in the calm waters of Kapalua Beach, along with playing in the sand and taking in the sun.
  6. Nantucket, Maine– this little island is located just 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts and is loaded with character.  This charming town is known for its beautiful beaches, cobblestone streets, and unique shops that your kids are sure to enjoy.  In addition, Nantucket offers miles of paved bike paths, dozens of kid-friendly restaurants, numerous historic sites, and tons of water-sport activities for the whole family.
  7. Sanibel Island, Florida– this gulf barrier island offers one of the best shelling beaches in the World.  You and your kids will love combing the beach at dusk looking for hidden treasures.  Sanibel Island provides numerous accommodations from luxury resorts to quant beach rentals.  Your family will also enjoy the 5,000 acre J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.
  8. Dana Beach, California–  not as well known as neighboring Laguna beach or Newport beach, Dana beach provides families beautiful beaches but without the crowds.  Your family will enjoy surfing, sunbathing, and walking along the beautiful beaches.  Dana beach is the perfect beach town getaway for the entire family.
  9. Outer Banks, North Carolina– these sandy barrier islands are a special place where time seems to slow.  This casual laid-back beach town offers beautiful beaches where your kids can fly kites, swim, play in the sand, and ride bikes without feeling like you are staying in an over commercialized city.  Most of the accommodations in the Outer Banks are vacation rentals ranging from small beach front condos to larger beach homes that can sleep more than 20 people.
  10. Lake Erie Shores and Islands, Ohio– nearly seven million people visit the Lake Erie Shores & Islands each year, solidifying its position as one of the most appealing vacation destinations in the Midwest.  Your family will enjoy boating, fishing, and relaxing by the water.  Lake Erie Shores and Islands is also home to Cedar Point Amusement Park, boasting some of the best roller coasters in the World.  When it comes to accommodations your family can stay at one of the many hotels or enjoy camping at one of the national state parks.