Beach vacations should be all about building sandcastles, finding the best ice cream, and searching for seashells—not spending hours in traffic or navigating your route. (And remember that even on sunny days, seasonal driving tips come in handy.) These five beaches across the country are easy to get to—and even easier to enjoy!
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Big kids can rent boogie boards and hang ten, while families with smaller children might pack a lunch and visit the appropriately named Picnic Beach. “Head to Diver’s Cove for water that is a little shallower and easier to wade in,” says Corinne McDermott, Founder of HaveBabyWillTravel.com. “The tide pools at Heisler Park reserve and Treasure Island are teeming with fascinating sea life to delight your tiny marine biologists.”
Shilshole Beach, Puget Sound, Wash.
Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Wailea Beach, Hawaii
Located on the island of Maui, the beach’s calm surf makes it ideal for young swimmers. Families who love the one-stop shop ease of a resort will want to park their umbrellas here. “Go kayaking or snorkeling at Maluaka Beach, aka ‘Turtle Town,’ in front of the Makena Beach Resort and see dozens of sea turtles up close while swimming through gentle waves,” says Amy Norman, Co-CEO and Co-founder of Little Passports.
Nags Head, N.C.
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By Celia Shatzman
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