5 Family Friendly Beach Vacations To Take This Summer

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Nothing screams summer like a beach vacation. Toes in the sand, kids building sand castles, going on adventures, or maybe even just lying under an umbrella reading a book — it’s a heavenly thought. From luxe and fabulous to laid back and super chill, there’s a beach for every type of vacationer — no passport required. 

Here are five awesome beach vacations in the United States you may want to consider taking with your family this summer.

1The Betsy

Set right off of Ocean Drive, this is one of the few hotels along Miami Beach’s main drag that’s ideal for families and right in the center of South Beach. This historic gem is family-owned and features not only beach access, but is directly across from Lummus Park where guests will find locals and tourists working out, biking, strolling along the boardwalk, and enjoying Miami’s eternal summer. Both family and pet friendly, guests are often greeted by two lovely golden retrieves — the hotel’s CEOs (Canine Executive Officers) — Betsy and Rosa. With both a courtyard and a rooftop pool, a spa, rooftop decks with 360-views for breakfast, and a massive library that’s inspired many writers, there’s plenty to do at The Betsy.

2Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Located in picturesque Oahu, this beachside hotel is straight out of a postcard. The stunning resort features vast beaches with views of Waianae mountain range, a state-of-the-art spa, a golf course, several award winning restaurants, and pools — both family friendly and adult-only. For families with children who like to keep busy, there’s a kid’s club featuring activities that vary with the season (think: skate lessons, canoe sailing, surf lessons, golf, arts and crafts, hiking). Relax, unwind, and let the hotel’s seasoned concierge team help you plan the perfect Hawaiian getaway.

3Cambria Shores Inn

Situated in central California, this is a magical getaway for families looking for a weekend escape outside of Los Angeles or San Francisco. This boutique hotel features stunning views of the coastline and guests can enjoy listening to the waves crash against the nearby cliffs, as well as visiting Moonstone beach a few steps away. Rooms offer kitchenettes that are great for families looking to stock up on snacks, and breakfast is included in the form of breakfast baskets with baked goods from a delightful local bakery. Nearby activities include surfing, wine tasting, and visits to the famous Hearst Castle. 

4Margaritaville Resort Biloxi

Families looking for that never-leave-the-hotel easy peasy kind of vacation will love this Margaritaville Resort where flip flops are always part of the dress code. Laidback tropical vibes are found everywhere at this massive resort located right on the Gulf. A fantastic waterpark, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and deep-sea adventures await. Not crazy about water activities and just want to enjoy the views? There’s an on-site casino, tons of restaurants, an indoor obstacle course, bowling, arcades, and plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained. P.S. there are nearly three dozen Margaritaville resorts around the world, making vacation location options plentiful.

5Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean 22

Part of the Grand Vacations Club, this all-suite oceanfront resort features both indoor and outdoor pools, beach access, and complimentary admission to a nearby water park. With one to three bedroom offerings, this spot is great for large families or even multi-family vacations. Start your day with breakfast on the balcony overlooking the ocean before heading down to the sand or exploring Broadway at the Beach, an entertainment complex with attractions, restaurants, and plenty of family fun just a mile away.

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Amber Love Bond

Amber Love Bond is a Miami-based hospitality and lifestyle writer who is always on the go and searching for her next adventure. See Full Bio

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