Beaches are the no-brainer vacation destinations if you’re traveling with kids. Most children love playing in the water and sand. There are a variety of things to do at the beach. All that fresh air and activity will tire them out. Many beach hotels and resorts offer supervised children’s activities. Here are my favorite beaches for kids in all the key age groups:
Babies, Toddlers And Preschoolers
My all-time favorite beach for young children is one I’ve been going to since I was a baby: Main Beach in Ogunquit, ME. Here’s why a beach on the cold North Atlantic is appealing for small children: In between high and low tides, sandy-bottomed tide pools form along the shore. They’re shallow, safe for splashing and fun to explore. Plus, the sun rapidly heats these shallow pools so the normally frigid water is bathtub warm.
If you need your beaches to be more reliably warm and sunny, another favorite of mine for little kids is Lydgate Beach Park in Kauai, Hawaii. Here, rocks block the strongest ocean waves and kids can enjoy totally calm water in a sheltered cove. They can even snorkel safely; tropical fish swim in and out of the cove through small holes between the rocks. This is where I taught my children to snorkel. Plus, the park has great facilities including lifeguards, a wonderful playground, parking, picnic tables, bathrooms and showers.
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