If you’re ready to book your next family holiday and you’re thinking of a beach destination along the US East Coast, this guide will help you plan the perfect beach vacation.
With well over 2,000 miles of coastline, that stretches across 15 US States, choosing a destination is often the toughest part of your planning. Though some beaches are a lot more family friendly than others!
To help you narrow down your choices we’ve compiled a list of the best family-friendly beaches on the East Coast that will make everyone happy. They’re as safe for your kids but still fun for adults!
The 7 Best Family-Friendly Beaches Along the USA East Coast
Bass Hole, Massachusetts
One of the best beaches in Yarmouth is Bass Hole, which starts from Homer’s Dock Road to the salt marshes. The Bass Hole Boardwalk provides you with plenty of space to enjoy the salt marshes and wetlands.
Meanwhile, Gray’s Beach has a small area of sand that’s perfect for your little ones. The end of the boardwalk provides you with a place to sit and look at the marshes as well as the sandy areas of Dennis’s Chapin Beach.
If you’re looking for sights beyond the beach, the Edward Gorey Museum features drawings from this well-known illustrator. This place is perfect for the entire family.
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Coquina Beach, North Carolina
Over at Nags Head is Coquina Beach, which is located along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Nags Head.
Your kids will go crazy over the shipwrecked Laura Barnes that resides here. While it’s displayed behind ropes, it’s still a sight to behold. Previous hurricanes have left remains from the ship scattered along the beach.
This beach provides free parking, picnic areas, public changing rooms, showers, and more. Your kids will feel like a grownup when they climb up the tallest sand dune on the East Coast at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Hilton Head wouldn’t be left off a list of beaches along the East Coast. This is the perfect escape for couples or the entire family.
During the day, you can check out the salt marshes and streams on the Creek Cat tour. By night, you can dine out at the plethora of restaurants this island has to offer (or leave the kids with a family member and grab a drink at the many bars or lounges!)
Don’t forget to check out the sunrise and the sunset views from your Hilton Head Island resort. Speaking of great beaches, it’s time to look at Hilton Head Vacation Rentals for Spring Break and summer.
Sunset Beach, New Jersey
Cape May is home to Sunset Beach. It’s one of the oldest beaches on the East Coast and in the entire country. While there are plenty of beach homes and rentals to choose from, you can actually include this on your itinerary during a stay at Hilton Head.
Your kids will have a great time searching for Cape May “diamonds,” which are just little pebbles of rounded quartz stones. Go for a bike ride along Sunset Boulevard for spectacular views of the sunset.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is the perfect beach for families. It has 60 glorious miles of amusement parks, golf courses, historical sites, live entertainment, shopping, water parks, and white sand beaches.
Children, couples, and physically fit individuals all flock to this beach. There’s truly something for everyone. Keep your family entertained with a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium or Ripley’s Marvellous Mirror Maze.
You can even go for a group surfing lesson at Jack Surf Lessons & Board Rentals. Myrtle Beach is an affordable and safe adventure for your entire family.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach has been hailed as a world-class beach. This three-mile beach provides you with arcades, carnival rides, live music, restaurants, shops, and more.
You can enjoy nature by going for a paddleboarding lesson or kayaking at sunset. The Virginia Beach Guided Brewery Tour lets you wind down as you enjoy some of the world’s best-crafted beers.
These activities are just a few steps away from your resort.
Tybee Island, Georgia
Adventurers and nature lovers will enjoy going to Tybee Island. Beach lovers will enjoy the gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean. Music lovers will enjoy listening to live music at the Tybee Pier & Pavilion.
For something truly intimate, book a helicopter tour or have a private beach excursion throughout Tybee and Savannah, Georgia. Either way, you’ll get to enjoy 20 miles of this gorgeous coast.
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