There’s a lot to think about when you travel as a family.
As well as taking everyone’s preferences into account, you need to make sure your destination of choice is child-friendly and has plenty of activities for you all to do.
Here are the seven best beaches around the world that are guaranteed to keep the whole family happy.
1. Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal
Carvoeiro is the most accessible beach in the area, with a car park nearby and an absence of steep steps making it wheelchair accessible for disabled travellers. A lifeguard is always on duty, and there are free toilet and shower facilities.
This charming stretch of sand is surrounded by craggy cliff faces and has lots for families to do, with rock pools to explore and watersports available for the more adventurous.
Need a break? Visit the hut which sells drinks and ice creams, or book a relaxing boat trip round the coastline.
2. St George Beach, Naxos, Greece
St George Beach is particularly suited to families with young children, thanks to its sheltered location and warm, shallow waters for paddling.
Sporty types can hit the water to learn how to windsurf or waterski, and if you’d rather stay on land then you can play tennis or volleyball on the beach.
The nearby cafés are open early in the morning, so you don’t even need to worry about breakfast, and if you get hungry later on there are taverns that serve delicious local cuisine.
3. Pinarello, Corsica
Stroll down the boardwalk (which you’ll be happy to hear is suitable for prams) and you’ll arrive at Pinarello, a soft white beach on the edge of a pine forest. The clean, shallow blue water is warm, especially in summer, and suitable for supervised little ones to go paddling in. Boat trips are also available in the port if you fancy a heading out to sea.
Getting hungry? Pinarello is popular with families, so the local restaurants will happily serve children of all ages.
4. Es Grau, Menorca
Found on the north-east coast of the island, Menorca’s Es Grau has yet to become a touristy spot, so it’s perfect if you and your family want some peace and quiet.
The water stays shallow for a long time, so it’s great for paddling, and there are kayaks and paddleboards available to hire. Adults and teenagers alike will love the snorkelling trips through the clear blue waters.
Once you’ve dried off, venture to the kid-friendly restaurants in the nearby town if you need a bite to eat, and check out the gift shops for souvenirs of your stay.
5. Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Australia
With its palm trees, gentle waves, and pristine white sand, Four Mile Beach is a picturesque paradise. The water is calm, so children of all ages can paddle safely in the sea and play on the beach.
Even though it’s popular with families, there’s enough room for everyone during the height of the summer season. Why not take a walk up to the nearby Flagstaff Hill lookout and admire the beautiful views?
6. Tenby South Beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales
This classic British seaside resort looks like something straight out of a postcard, with its colourful houses and clean golden sand.
Take your seats in one of the colourful deckchairs, or while away the hours building sandcastles and paddling in the water — there’s a lifeguard on duty from May till September.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to a British seaside town without an ice cream from the van. And if the Welsh rain decides to make an appearance, the Ocean Commotion indoor play area is a short walk inland from the beach.
7. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Sunny Beach is one of the best budget options and one of the most pristine, too, having been awarded Blue Flag status for cleanliness.
The fun thing about Sunny Beach is that your time there can be as relaxed or as action-packed as you want. There’s a promenade with plenty of kids’ entertainment, horse riding and volleyball on the sand, and space to spread out your towel and soak up the sun. There are even water parks nearby, with lots of activities to suit little ones.
by Guest Blogger
Penny, an avid Trip Advisor Reviewer, is the author of ITCHY FEET FAMILY. A family living in Adelaide, Australia, and taking every opportunity to travel and explore the world.