Top 5 Beach Destinations for Families

Its summer and we've compiled a list of favorite family friendly beaches.  Check out our Top 5 picks for the most kid-friendly beaches and plan your family getaway today!

1.  myrtle beach, south carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is one of the most popular family beach vacation spots in the South. The beach is popular with swimmers, waders and sunbathers, with more adventurous types trying their hand at surfing, parasailing, kayaking and scuba-diving. The town of Myrtle Beach is a veritable playground for young and old, with a network of boardwalks crossing the water and an alligator farm as one of its top attractions. Myrtle Beach also has two water parks, a seaside amusement park, a Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum, a huge Ripley's aquarium and nearly two dozen mini-golf courses.


2.  vero beach, florida

Vero Beach lacks the wild nightlife and party scene of other, better-known Florida beaches, which is attractive for families.  Vera Beach radiates family friendliness, clean beach with clear, relatively calm water that lies on Florida's famed Treasure Coast, so named because of the many treasures discovered among many shipwrecks.  Vero is just two hours southeast of Orlando, home of Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and other theme parks, and offers all sorts of family water sports opportunities.


3.  saint simons island, georgia

St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles along Georgia’s southern Atlantic coast. Beach-going is a way of life on St. Simons Island. The ambient climate allows year-round enjoyment, so pick your pleasure: surfing, shelling, sunbathing, jogging, picnicking, fishing, bird watching, volleyball, biking or swimming.  St. Simons Island features two public beaches, with the Massingale Park Beach being the most popular.  The second beach on the St. Simons Island is the Coast Guard Station Beach. 


4.  folly beach, south carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is more than just one of the country's most beloved cities, its home to five beautifully distinct beach towns, each with its own distinctive character.  One notable choice is nestled between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean.  Folly Beach is located just 15 miles from downtown Charleston.  It's also home to loggerhead turtles, dolphins, bald eagles, sea birds and several endangered species.  Surf the Washout. Drink in the Morris Island Lighthouse's history. Explore a maritime forest. Build the biggest sand castle your kids have ever seen.


5.  gulf shores, alabama

Made almost entirely of quartz grains washed down from the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years ago, the white-sand beaches that make up the Gulf Shores shorelines are some of the finest in the world.  There are a lot of things that keep families and visitors coming back to Gulf Shores year after year, but one thing is for sure: beaches top the list. Clear turquoise waters and white-sand beaches are as fun to play and relax on, as they are breathtaking.  For years, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach remained a little-known vacation treasure, but more and more families are discovering the 32 miles of soft sand and clear waters that lace the edges of Alabama’s southern border to the Gulf of Mexico. 


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