Everyone loves a vacation at the beach. Kids love to be by the sea, building sandcastles. They can amuse themselves for hours on end, and to top it off, kids will not object to spending a couple more hours in the waves. I can’t imagine them wanting to spend too much time marveling over magnificent views of mountain peaks.

These are 10 family beach holidays, which are the most popular listed in no particular order.

  • Kauai, Hawaii

There is so much to see and do in Hawaii it is difficult to know where to start, but for more family beach destinations Kauai is a great place for a short break to take the family. The Children might want to pop in at the Children’s Discovery Museum.

  • Durban, South Africa

This is another good place to start for a family beach holiday. It would suit families with young or older children. Recently the city has been improved in a big way after the soccer world cup came to town, and so it is definitely worth a visit. If there are any surfers in the family this would be a spot not to miss. Most of these spots are very child-friendly and there are many more quieter areas around the area if that is your style.

  • Saulita, Mexico

Besides just another family vacation at the sea, this is a way of experiencing the Mexican way of life and participating with the community, who are very friendly and hospitable.

  • Caladesi Island, Florida

The white sands of Florida are highly rated and Caladesi Island is rated as one of America’s top beaches, if not the best. It is perfect if you want some solitude. There are also many amazing beaches in Florida that stretch for miles of pure white sand and many family vacations to choose from.

  • Antigua, Caribbean

There is nothing better than white sands and warm waters with many water sports at your disposal. This is a great place for the family to relax. There is not a lot to do in terms of parks for kids, but it’s also worthwhile to enjoy the experience.

  • Rimini, Italy

Rimini is found in the Adriatic Riviera. It can get crowded during the Summer months, but the beaches are very well-kept. They are clean and perfect for kids. A water park, different theme parks and a dolphinarium will keep the kids busy.

  • Santo Tomas, Spain

Santo Tomas is located in Minorca. It is great for younger kids because it is a quieter area of Spain with less night life and beaches are not as busy. There is more space for them to dig their sand castles.

  • Oludeniz Beach, Turkey

Family beach holidays in Turkey have become more and more popular over the last couple of years. It is mostly family-friendly, there is plenty to do and see and the beaches are definitely something to write home about.

  • Cyprus, Greece

Cyprus is attached with a lot of history so it can be combined with an educational vacation as well. There are a lot of places to stay that are family-friendly, but do some research before so that whole family will enjoy their holiday together.

  • Noosa, Australia

Noosa has beautiful beaches in Australia with lots to explore and things to do for all members of the family. Try your hand at a few water sports and you may also want to explore the coves in the Bay. There are many different types of accommodation available, even camping is up for grabs.


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Five Great Hotels on the Beach

A lot of people dream of that perfect beach holiday where they can just walk a few meters from the hotel into the sea. Maybe the thought of a hotel right on the beach is way out of your budget. You only hear of the rich and famous staying in hotels on the beach, but it doesn’t always have to be the case. There are plenty of budget hotels right on the white sands that would make the perfect escape from everything.

Rayaburi Beach Club, Phuket, Thailand

Thailand is a fantastic place to be and to be situated directly at the beach is something really unique. This hotel starts at around $80, which is a bargain considering the facilities that it has to offer. It’s not often you can wake up and walk directly to the sea to go snorkling. The nightlife scene is also only 5 minutes away.

Dover Beach Hotel, Barbados

This is a real quality hotel on the beach. The Dover Beach Hotel is situated directly on the white sandy beach. The rooms are big with beautiful, green gardens and a balcony for you to relax in. There are countless water sports available such as parasailing, kayaking or snorkelling. The rates start from $140. This is good, considering accommodation in the area is normally quite expensive.

Hotel Lagoa e Mar, Salvador, Brazil
With starting prices from $50 you can’t really go wrong. The beach is just 350m from your hotel. Salvador is one of the most beautiful cities in Brazil and the beach definitely matches up. You will stay in a bungalow surrounded by a tropical garden. You won’t be disappointed with the hospitality of the hotel and facilities it has to offer.

Camelot By the Sea, Myrtle Beach, South  Carolina

Cheap hotels on Myrtle Beach on the beach are hard to find so when you when you find one you should grab it while you can. If you need to keep the family active and you are looking for a family beach holiday this would probably fit to the tee. There is lots do and see in Myrtle Beach. Rates for this hotel start at $140, but it is a popular destination so you can’t expect to pay much less if you want to be situated directly on the beach.

Outrigger Royal Kahana, Maui, Hawaii

You can’t leave Hawaii out of the equation when referring to a hotel on the beach. It will always pop up somewhere. Hotels in Maui on the beach are usually quite expensive so this is a good deal. This hotel is quite reasonable, starting at $135 per night. It is also fairly quiet which is nice to escape the madness. An ocean view condo-style room will make your trip ideal.