Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA

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Maui, Hawaii

Renowned for its stunning beaches, warm waters, and family-friendly resorts, Maui offers activities such as snorkeling, whale watching, and exploring volcanic landscapes.

Outer Banks

North Carolina: With miles of pristine coastline, the Outer Banks is ideal for families who enjoy water sports, beachcombing, and visiting historic lighthouses.

San Diego, California

 San Diego boasts beautiful beaches like Coronado Beach and La Jolla Cove, as well as family attractions such as SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and LEGOLAND California.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach offers a diverse range of family-friendly activities, including amusement parks, mini-golf courses, and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

Destin, Florida

 Known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," Destin features sugar-white beaches, emerald-green waters, and opportunities for fishing, snorkeling, and dolphin cruises.

Hilton Head Island, South

 Hilton Head Island features pristine beaches, bike trails, golf courses, and kid-friendly activities like crabbing and exploring nature preserves.

Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz is home to the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, along with family-friendly beaches, surf lessons, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium nearby.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

 Gulf Shores offers beautiful beaches, family-friendly resorts, and attractions such as the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and the Gulf State Park Pier.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach boasts a three-mile-long boardwalk, family-friendly beaches, and nearby attractions like the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach boasts soft white sands, clear Gulf waters, and family-friendly attractions like Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Pirate Ship Cruises.