Who doesn’t love a day spent at the beach? Not only does it represent the ultimate in relaxation, but it comes with plenty of ways to entertain the entire family. Children of all ages enjoy mastering the art of sandcastle making, and nothing beats a walk up and down the beach. Older kids will also enjoy opportunities to experiment with new skills like surfing, bodyboarding, and more.
Best of all, you can quite literally feel the stress melt away as you luxuriate, savoring stunning sunrises and sunsets and a thousand mesmerizing images in between. Beaches represent everything from the ideal summer playground to the ultimate romantic getaway.
But where will you find the best coastal destinations in the world? Keep reading for our breakdown of the best family-friendly countries with the most beautiful beaches.
1. The United States
We can’t discuss a list of the world’s most gorgeous beaches without including the States. After all, few nations provide greater diversity when it comes to coastal escapes. From the historic resorts of Rhode Island to Hawaii’s paradisiacal settings and Florida’s resort-style scene, families have countless options for fun in the sun and surf.
One of our favorite spots is the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, where there’s no end to secluded oceanfront exploration. Or, head to Ocean House in Rhode Island, to escape the crowds on a private beach while your kids head to the herb garden to learn about farm-to-table cuisine. Florida also comes jam packed with many attractive resorts, including Sarasota’s Ritz-Carlton and Sandpiper Bay’s all-inclusive Club Med. Start here to find out more about Club Med Sandpiper Bay.
If you’d like to venture farther afield, consider a family vacation to Italy. Not only will you be greeted with exceptional ocean views, stunning beaches, and delectable cuisine, but you’ll fall for the Italian culture. Hospitality abounds in this sunny Mediterranean nation, and the culture centers around family and children.
At Casa Angelina, located along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, savor a full dose of la dolce vita. Known for its uncompromising views of the sea and many fantastic activities, you’ll find something for every member of your family. For example, sign up for a traditional ceramic tile-making class through Ceramiche Parlato. And there’s no lack of breathtaking beaches along the Amalfi Coast for you and your kids to explore. If you’re after an island experience, head to Sicily and the Rocco Forte Private Villas. You’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Mediterranean from the resort, and Sciacca is renowned for stunning beaches, including Stazzone, Lido, Tonnara, and Foggia.
Have you and your family ever fantasized about what it would be like to vacation like A-Listers? If so, the Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes is the spot for you. Located along the iconic Côte d’Azur, Cannes is preceded by its reputation as the home of one of the world’s most recognizable film festivals. But it’s also a renowned celeb destination for good reason. Few places offer a better mashup of sunny weather, gourmet cuisine, posh beaches, and stylish everything.
At the Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes, you’ll enjoy a sophisticated escape that your kids will get behind. Guest rooms typically overlook the Mediterranean, and the hotel boasts a private beach club and restaurant year-round. Family programs and an exclusive kids’ club that immerses children in the world of filmmaking also make this a prime spot for the whole family.
It’s no secret that some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous beaches are located south of the border in Mexico. One of our favorite resort areas is Los Cabos. There, you’ll find endless expanses of glorious coastline, replete with luxurious sand and plenty of reasons to get in the water. The best luxury resorts in places like Los Cabos take care of your family’s every need while providing countless opportunities to explore area beaches.
At the Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, enjoy the perfect mixture of seclusion, cultural immersion, and breathtaking scenery. All-ages activities such as the Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassador of the Environment program foster a greater appreciation of the resort’s natural environs. At the Grand Velas Los Cabos, couple beautiful beaches with activities ranging from morning yoga to ping-pong and cornhole tournaments. Avail yourself of the resort’s babysitting services for a little kid-free time at the adult pool. And older kids won’t want to miss out on the Teens’ Club, where they’ll enjoy live mixed music, a dance floor, and nonalcoholic beverages.
Salt Life takes on new meaning in Barbados, an island renowned for its endless coastline, featuring sparkling turquoise waters and pristine white sand beaches. Whether you long to go scuba diving at Carlisle Bay, get away from it all at Cattlewash, or give surfing a shot at Bathsheba, there’s a beach for you. Other popular coastal areas include Sandy Lane for celeb-spotting and Bottom Bay to play castaway for a day.
At kid-friendly resorts like Port Ferdinand Yacht and Beach Club Residences, you and the kids will enjoy endless opportunities for adventure, time spent at the beach, and educational programs. There’s even a kids’ activity center where children of all ages will learn about the island while developing an appreciation for its history and wildlife. You’ll also find plenty of opportunities to indulge in your favorite watersports or try your hand at something new.
Stunning Beach Getaways in Family-Friendly Countries
Few family getaways prove more luxurious and relaxing than time spent at a beach resort in one of the family-friendly countries listed above. When you couple kid-geared activities with your own little slice of paradise, every member of your family will come away with unforgettable memories.
From stateside destinations like the Hawaiian Islands and Florida to international escapes in Italy, France, Mexico, and Barbados, options prove endless. Are you looking for help planning your perfect family vacation 2021? Let’s chat! Click the link below to reserve a time to discuss your family’s unique needs and what you’d like to experience when it comes to family travel in 2021 or beyond.