Once upon a time- not all that long ago- I would have said any beach is a great beach for kids. I’d never met a beach I didn’t enjoy.

I suppose my criteria was pretty simple. Does the beach have sand? Do the salty waves wash up onto the shore? Will the sun shine?

If the answer to all of those questions was “yes” then I was all in. Clearly my standards were low, but I was okay with that. A beach is a beach, right?

Well, maybe it’s just me getting older and more mature (…I said “maybe.”) Or perhaps I’m turning into a beach snob? Either way, my standards for the best beaches to visit with my children are going up.

Here are the best beaches to visit with kids:

  1. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  2. Rosemary Beach (30A), Florida
  3. Ocean City, New Jersey
  4. Coronado Central Beach, California
  5. Kitty Hawk Beach (Outer Banks), North Carolina
  6. Treasure Island Beach, Florida
  7. Boothbay Harbor, Maine
  8. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  9. Cannon Beach, Oregon
  10. Tybee Island, Georgia
  11. Grayton Beach (30A), Florida
  12. Misquamicut State Beach, Rhode Island
  13. Aliso Beach Park, California
  14. Gulf Shores, Alabama
  15. Honolulu Beach, Hawaii
  16. South Padre Island, Texas
  17.  Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  18. Assateauge Island National Seashore, Virginia
  19. Ala Moana Beach Park, Hawaii
  20. Sanibel Island, Florida

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