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Best family beaches

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Kid-friendly beaches

Thinking of taking the family to the beach? Excellent! Whether you're planning an exotic tropical vacation, a California adventure or a summer in New England, we've got you covered. Check out our picks for the best beaches for families.

Poipu Beach Park, Kauai, Hawaii

Poipu Beach Park, Kauai, Hawaii

Poipu Beach Park, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, is located in the popular Poipu resort area. Here, you can enjoy warm water and abundant marine life, including humpback whales, Hawaiian green sea turtles and the occasional sunbathing seal. Older kids will enjoy snorkeling while the little ones splash in the wading pool.

Sanibel Island, Florida

Located just off the gulf coast of Florida, Sanibel Island is known for its soft, sandy beaches and staggering amount of seashells. Shell hunters come from all over the world to gather the wide array of seashells found on the island. Enjoy family bonding while boating, fishing, kayaking and parasailing during your stay on the beautiful island of Sanibel.

British Virgin Islands

Treat the family to a Caribbean vacation they'll never forget with a trip to the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Choose from the white sandy beaches and azure waters of Tortola, the luxury resorts and villas of Virgin Gorda or one of the other 60 islands that comprise the BVI. Frolicking in the waves may suit some families just fine, while others might try kayaking the BVI coastline, or swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery in Tortola.

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