A good family vacation starts with kid friendly lodging close to all the action, land-based attractions, safety, and affordability.

Here are 10 U.S. beaches that offer the ideal vacation spot:

1.Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Known for its bustling boardwalk, amusement parks, arcade games and live entertainment. Resort area stretcjing along 60 miles of coastline.

2.San Diego

Great location for family beach vacation.

3.Grand Haven, Michigan

Grand Haven offers multiple beach options for families, including a state park and a city beach and dog-friendly Kirk Park. Historic boardwalk lined with shops and restaurants.

4.Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Many great activities including mini-golfing, sand dunes, ice cream stands, lobster rolls, whale watching and simply admiring the gray cedar shake houses adorned with colorful buoys. Composed of 15 different towns and many more picturesque villages.

5. Ogunquit, Maine

Long expanses of sandy beach teeming with families in the summer months. Several hikes and cliff walks nearby

6. Sanibel Island, Florida

Made up of many beaches all full of beautiful shells. Activities include spotting wildlife, hiking, kayaking, and fishing

7. Outer Banks, North Carolina

The barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina with no big cities nearby. Things to do include running and rolling down the East Coast’s largest sand dunes, walking to the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and kayaking or paddle boarding in the shallower water on each barrier island’s east side.

8. Gulfport, Mississippi

For a nice balance of relaxing beaches and family-friendly activities, you can’t go wrong with Coastal Mississippi and centrally located Gulfport. Spend your mornings kicking back on Biloxi Beach or Long Beach, perhaps flying a kite and enjoying a picnic lunch. The afternoon can be all about playing at Gulf Islands Waterpark, going on a shrimp boat tour, exploring the Mississippi Aquarium, or zip lining at an adventure park.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Enjoy kayaking along the Back Bay in the laid-back community of Sandbridge, or spend the day enjoying the calm waters and the local vibe of Chesapeake Bay. Off the water, Virginia Beach is home to an aquarium, amusement park, laser tag, indoor skydiving, mini golf and many more attractions.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Eighty miles west of Portland, Cannon Beach is all about nature. This Oregon town’s 4-mile stretch of beach is known for its sea stack rock formations, the most famous of which is Haystack Rock, a nesting area for puffins. 

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