Top 5 Beaches in the U.S. for Family Getaways

If you are looking for the perfect summer getaway, a beach vacation combines both relaxation and fun for the whole family. This is a list I just compiled of the top beach vacations for families.

What do you think? Are there better ones out there? What are your favorite beaches?

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Spend the day relaxing with the mild surf on the beach. The waves are perfect for younger kids to jump in. Then stroll the boardwalk as street performers entertain the entire family. (And don’t miss the sunrise… it’s absolutely stunning!!)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

There is a lot to do just steps from the sand at this popular family destination. Take in a round of mini golf or head to the amusement park. It is all within walking distance and perfect for kids of all ages.

Santa Monica, California

The famous pier we have all seen in countless movies offers lots to do with the family. Have your kids take surfing lessons while you relax on the soft sands or rent a bike to enjoy nearby Venice Beach (a hippie and hipster haven and very, very fun place). It is also just a short ride to Hollywood to enjoy the stars, scenes and interesting array of people.

San Diego, California

The pristine beaches in San Diego make for lots of family fun. The weather is perfect most of the year to enjoy the surf and sand. Nearby there is the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World, countless outdoor activities and much more. The only hard thing about going to the beaches in San Diego is picking which beach to go to!

San Padre Island, Texas

San Padre Island offers the best family beaches with picnic tables and playgrounds. The attractions on the island are perfect for visitors of all ages; from fishing to the Sea Life Center, there is something for everyone on this picturesque island.

What do you think? What are YOUR favorite beaches in the U.S.?? Share your comments and give some travel tips for Summer 2012!!

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