Best Beach Vacations for Families Around the World
When a group of travel writers shares their favorite family beach vacation destinations around the world, you never know what to expect. I was thrilled when I posed this question to many fellow writers and found their answers to be various and far reaching. If you missed it, many writers shared their choices for the best beaches in the United States (we saved Hawaii for this article), and now they are spilling the beans on their favorite beaches around the world. I hope you enjoy this journey through the sand and sun, possibly recalling old favorites or finding something new to explore.
Favorite Family Friendly Beaches Around the World
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Best Beaches in Europe for Families
When many people think of kid-friendly European beaches, they think of the picture-perfect beaches along the Mediterranean, or the ones that are crowded with too many tourists.
Thankfully these travel writers found plenty to share that were located elsewhere on the continent. Here are what they think are some of the best beach holiday destinations.
Global Mouse Travels writes about the magic they found on the beaches of Cornwall, England.
Practically Perfect Mums spends a day at the beach in Portishead in Bristol, England.
Spain, Portugal, Crete, and the Canary Islands
Family Life in Spain provides a full trip report on the beaches, food, and accommodations in Cadiz, Spain.
Our contributor Heidi loves the Mediterranean beaches of Spain and France.
Full Suitcase shares the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve, Portugal.
MarocMama writes about the Pink Beach of Crete, Elafonissi, where the sand is actually pink if you visit at the right time of year.
Did you know we have a different article with our recommendations for the best beaches to visit with grandparents? Find it HERE.
Favorite Family Beaches in Asia and Hawaii
I don’t know much about the beaches of Asia, but after reading everyone’s posts, I’m convinced I need to visit. I have been to Hawaii, and loved the beaches there, as do many other travel writers and tourists. Let’s see what everyone has to recommend:
Best Beaches in Asia for Families
Vacation Maybe takes an amazing vacation to the Khai Islands in Thailand. (Yes, I did have to look this up on a map). In fact, there are a lot of good options in Thailand for families.
Flashpacker Family has tips for traveling to the Perhentian Islands off mainland Malaysia. They look stunning!
Favorite Beaches in Hawaii
Pit Stops for Kids discovers the best beaches for snorkeling with kids in Kauai.
Favorite Beaches for Families in Australia and New Zealand
I’ve heard there are some awesome beaches in Australia, and the Albany Beaches in Western Australia sounds fabulous. Thanks Our Globe Trotters!
Carpe Diem Our Way loves Kuaotuno beach on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand.
Best Beaches for Kids in Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America
Every photo of beaches I have ever seen in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America looks amazing. What’s not to love about the turquoise waters and sugar sand beaches? I was not surprised when I had an overwhelming number of posts shared from this part of the world. Be sure to read all of the posts, you might be surprised to find a new favorite.
Best Beaches in the Caribbean for Families
We had a fabulous experience at Beaches Resort in Turks & Caicos. The white sand is some of the softest we’ve ever found and the water is amazing shades of blue! It’s one of our favorite places to stay in the Caribbean with a large group!
Family Travel Magazine had an amazing experience at Rum Point in Grand Cayman.
Around the World L had quite the day exploring the beaches of Curaçao. Here are her favorite beaches on the island.
Tips for Family Trips shares about their cruise stop in the US Virgin Islands, Rainbow Beach and Labadee, Haiti.
Stuffed Suitcase took a Norwegian cruise to the Caribbean, and shared about the beaches in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.
Kids Unplugged was able to visit 10 beaches in 10 days, and somehow managed to narrow their list down to the best beaches in Saint John for kids.
Dana Freeman says the pink sand beaches of Eleuthra, Bahamas should be visited by everyone. And if you want to go diving in the Bahamas, don’t miss these best diving suggestions.
And if you’re headed to Aruba, don’t miss our favorite things to do in Aruba with teens.
Best Family Beaches in Mexico
We’ve always loved snorkeling and exploring the beaches in Los Cabos. Only some of the hotels have swimmable beaches, so be sure to check before booking, but you can always take a cruise to the Cabo Arch or elsewhere to snorkel.
Family Can Travel shares the best public beaches in Playa del Carmen, a post I found to be super helpful.
We also enjoyed Puerto Vallarta with kids and loved the beaches at Las Caletas.
Central America Beaches
The Simple Proof shares their experience at the beaches of Arenas del Mar, Costa Rica.
Growing Up Bilingual explores the black volcanic sand beaches of Guatemala.
And if you’re still looking for inspiration, Traveling in Heels has 4 beach vacations for sun worshippers.
Reading through all of these posts makes me realize how much I love visiting the beach with kids. It also makes me realize how diverse all the beaches in the world can be, from rocky pebbles to sugar sand, it seems no two are exactly alike.
For some of our favorite family beach vacations, check out these posts on Puerto Rico and Prince Edward Island, Canada.
If you are looking for more family vacation ideas, don’t miss the best national parks in the world for families and best beachfront rentals in the US.
Book Your Flights – You can find discounted fares using sites like Momondo or Skyscanner. If you want to keep an eye on discount fares, we suggest signing up for Scott’s Cheap Flights, a daily newsletter with flight sales around the world.
If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. It’s nice to have a space where you can relax before your flight.
Book Your Accommodation
We regularly use Expedia.com and Hotels.com to find lodging when we travel. It’s a great way to compare vacation rentals, hotels, and resorts.
If your family knows they want to stay in a vacation rental, we recommend looking at VRBO and Plum Guide.
Book Your Transportation
For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. We tend to use Hertz simply for the quality of service. If you need airport transfers, we recommend Welcome Pickups.
When traveling in Europe, we use AutoEurope to make our bookings. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. Europcar is another option.
Book Your Tours and Travel Photos
We regularly used companies like Viator and GetYourGuide to book tours when we travel. Both have great communication and a large variety of activities that work for all ages. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City. Both are worthwhile investments.
Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities. The former teacher in me loves their tours.
One of our favorite things to do annually is taking photos with Flytographer. They have photographers around the world and we’ve used them on four separate occasions. This is our favorite travel souvenir.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
With the state of travel these days, it’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. We always travel with insurance and would recommend SquareMouth, Travelex, or Medjet as good options. And if you want to compare different insurance options, use Travel Insurance Master or World Nomads to find the best policy for your group.
Great recommendations from everyone!
There are SO many good beaches in San Diego. I’m thinking of going to Buccaneer beach in Oceanside Monday because the parking is super close to the sand and there are always a ton of kids & families. Plus side-nobody minds my noisy kids. Downside-it’s crowded!!!
What a great list!! Thanks so much for highlighting some of my articles and if anyone has any Hawaii questions or is planning to visit feel free to get in touch!
Also I love that Hawaii is on the International list since I always feel like it’s a different country. I would like Hawaii passport stamps too:)
Thanks Mary. Hawaii is hard to reach for most people, which is why I think it often “feels” like a tropical destination. And passport stamps would be awesome!
Thank you for contributing. Makes me want to return to Hawaii as I haven’t been in 25 years!
I haven’t heard of Buccaneer beach, but parking close to the beach is a huge plus so you don’t have to lug all the gear! Our local beach actually has a section that is child free so adults can have their peace and quiet. Of course it is closest to the parking lot. : ( I don’t get to use it now, but hopefully one day I will enjoy some of that prime real estate with a good book.
Bethaney, Thanks for helping out! I loved writing this and seeing everyone’s great experiences at different beaches. The beaches you went to were truly stunning so thank you for sharing!
Oh, you have included some great beaches on this list! I loved Turks & Caicos, Maui and Costa Rica. We are so close to Jersey though, so we typically go there with the entire family. We head to OC. It’s very family-friendly.
I love that people responded to you and you were able to compile such a varied list. This is great for people to view before traveling…if they happen to be in that part of the world.
You know what’s so funny? I don’t love the beach…and we live SO close! BUT I’ve always wanted to go to St. John! This is a fantastic list and of course I’m sharing!!
So jealous that you’ve been to all of these wonderful beaches! Dying to visit Turks & Caicos and Costa Rica. One day!
This is a great list. There are some beautiful beaches in BC – although not tropical, they have lots of sea life and are great for boating, exploring and just playing in the water. Some of the nicest are on the East Coast of Vancouver Island near Parksville – the water is even warm!!
I have always wanted to visit Vancouver! I hear it is beautiful and the islands off the coast are supposed to be spectacular. I had no idea the water was warm, I will have to add those beaches to my bucket list!
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