I know. You think I’m crazy for talking about beaches in November! I’m already dreading the cold weather and daydreaming about next summer’s family vacation. I stumbled across an article about the best beaches for families, and thought I’d share some that I’m dreaming about checking out.
What’s important when taking the family to the beach? I always look for beaches that are clean (obviously), have clean bathrooms and calm waters (think small to no breaking waves). I’m sure as the kids get older, that will change. But for now, the less waves the better for us. Calm surf rules. Lifeguards are also a bonus, but not a deal breaker for us.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the thoughts of warm days and fun at the beach!
Coligny Beach Park, Hilton Head, South Carolina
The first thing that caught my eye about this beach was that it has very shallow, calm water. According to town manager Steve Riley: “You’d have to walk out 30 yards for it to get above 3 feet deep.” To me, that is the perfect beach!
Not only shallow water, but during low tide the kids can explore tidal pools and the animals that live in them. The shoreline is littered with sand dollars and seashells.
Across the street from the beach is Coligny Plaza. There’s a water fountain park for the kids to play in, you can rent bikes and tricycles (the big ones that the whole family can ride on), and there’s free entertainment like magic shows several times a week.
Kama’ole Beach Park III, Maui, Hawaii (pictured above)
Hawaii . . . need I say more? I’m sure there’s not many “bad” beaches in Hawaii, but Kama’ole is an amazing family beach. This beach is one of three pristine beaches all named the same. Each beach is separated by lava-rock outcropppings. I read several reviews that claimed that the water has only small waves and it’s so clear that you can even see the fish swimming around! My kids would go crazy!
There’s also a large grassy area behind the beach that would be perfect for picnicking, tossing a football or frisbee, or maybe even kite flying.
Coronado Central Beach, San Diego
Okay, I’ll admit . . . we’ve been to this beach before. But I love it and it really is perfect for the kids!
This is aÂ 2 mile stretch of beach on Coronado Island, which is just over the bridge from downtown San Diego. The weather is near perfect (they rarely get rain during the summer), the sand is soft and clean, and the water is warm . . . and the waves are small.
There are even tide pools in front of the famous Hotel del Coronado . . . definitely worth checking out!
Coquina Beach Park, Bradenton, Florida
Located on the southern tip of Anna Marie Island, this beach’s water has an average temperature of 82Â°F year round. That alone sells me on visiting!
But I’ll admit the reason why I want to see this beach is because of the “coquinas,” or colorful mini seashells. Each morning, a row of shells is found across the shoreline. That would keep my kids busy for hours. Not to mention the fact that I love sea glass and would probably spend just as long looking for that!
Another activity mentioned was kayaking. You can rent kayaks to explore theÂ waters on your own or even sign up for a guided eco-tour. Whichever you chose, you most likely will come across manatees, dolphins, and stingrays. As an ocean lover, that sounds like a dream to me!
What are your favorite beaches or vacation spots?