Amazing destinations for a fun-filled family beach trip

You can never go wrong with a family beach vacation because nothing else puts a smile on everyone’s face like soft sand, warm sun, and sparkling blue waters. Whether it’s making sandcastles with your kids or scuba diving with your teenagers, beach vacations offer wonderful bonding opportunities for the whole gang. They're also a no-fuss option. Just find the right beach for your family, then book an affordable beachfront cottage rental with breathtaking views, or splurge on an upscale villa with a private pool. The only problem might be that you'll never want to leave.

California dreaming in San Diego

It’s no surprise that San Diego is a top vacation destination. Once your family is at the beach, you’ll find yourself chilling out and enjoying California’s good weather, good food, and good vibes. To make the most of your San Diego vacation, find a sunny oceanfront vacation rental with panoramic decks at the city’s most popular and kid-friendly spots, Mission Beach and Coronado Beach. Also known for its surfing, Mission Beach has a classic boardwalk where teens can skate or enjoy rides at a boardwalk amusement park. Coronado Beach’s sparkling white sands and gentle waters is ideal for a beach vacation with little ones, and the locale's small-town vibe offers a laid-back experience for families looking for an easy and stress-free getaway.

Idyllic getaway in Cape Cod

Boasting picturesque towns, charming local culture, and a spectacular shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod never fails to impress. This top family beach getaway has lots of lovely locales to choose from, including bohemian Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard with its classic New England lifestyle, and award-winning spots like Coast Guard Beach. With so many places to stay, it’s easy to find both high-end and budget-friendly cottage rentals that are close to the beach and offer gorgeous views and heated pools. Take the kids out on a sailboat or kayak, then enjoy a fantastic seafood dinner at one of Cape Cod's beloved clam shacks. You can also spend your time exploring the freshwater kettle ponds or going on whale-watching boat excursions.

Classic beach boardwalk fun at Ocean City

Ocean City has a great reputation for being a kid-friendly beach vacation destination. Aside from the well-maintained beaches and clear Atlantic waters, this Southern beach has plenty of activities and attractions that kids of all ages will love. Ocean City’s centerpiece is the Ocean City Boardwalk, where kids can ride bikes down the boardwalk, play arcade games, or hop on a roller coaster or a Ferris wheel. If you’re in the mood to explore, you can check out the local flora and fauna, including wild horses and dolphins. Fill up at the local seafood eateries and try the famous Maryland blue crabs before heading back to your chic villa rental's private heated pool and screened-in porch with serene views of the ocean.

Year-round relaxation at Destin

With its subtropical climate keeping temperatures warm all year round, there’s never a bad time to get a beachside cottage rental in Destin. The vacation homes' breathtaking Gulf sunset views and access to golf courses don't hurt, either. One of the most popular destinations on the Florida Panhandle, Destin’s white powdery beaches sit along the crystal-clear waters of the Emerald Coast. There's a huge variety of marine life, and you can take the family out for some great fishing or dolphin-watching. Rent a boat or kayak and head over to bustling Crab Island, where you can go snorkeling, eat at one of the floating restaurants, or try conquering one of the inflatable obstacle courses.

Laid-back island life in Honolulu

Situated on the south shore of Oahu Island, Honolulu is synonymous with good ol' island living. With its delicious food, laid-back culture, and beautiful scenery, the capital of Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations for family beach trips. At your breezy, tropical-style vacation rental on the shore, you can cook up a barbecue on the deck or soak up the incredible views of the Pacific Ocean before heading out to Waikiki Beach for surfing and swimming. You and the kids will also love exploring the extinct volcanoes, hiking the island trails, or visiting the marine life conservation areas. Meanwhile, Honolulu’s museums, heritage sites, and art galleries provide plenty of opportunities to learn about Hawaiian culture and history.