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Ruth Richards’ Top 5 Best Family-Friendly Beach Resorts in the World

Posted by E.G.D. on July 3, 2013

Today’s featured guest post writer is Ruth Richards from The Holiday Place.

For those traveling with family, a beach resort can make the ideal holiday destination. Kicking back with a good book or getting down to work with a bucket and spade is the best way to get away from the stresses of work and spend quality time with your loved ones, and thankfully, there are endless options across the world.

Let’s take a look at five of what I consider to be the best family-friendly beach resorts. My workplace and I have picked these five based on our own personal experiences, our future travel plans, and recommendations from high quality sources in the travel field.

Long Beach, Mauritius

Mauritius holidays are synonymous with relaxing beaches and taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Long Beach may be a relatively new resort, but it is advanced in its offerings. You’ll find sunshine, amazing architecture, and maybe even an insight into tropical sea life. Take lots of sun cream, as the temperatures really soar during peak season. While I’ve never visited this one, it’s been on my family’s to-do list for quite some time, and we can’t wait for the opportunity to see it up-close and personal.

Coral Bay, Cyprus (photo by Ronald Saunders from Wikimedia Commons)

Coral Bay, Cyprus (photo by Ronald Saunders from Wikimedia Commons)

Coral Bay, Cyprus

Coral Bay is known for its long, sandy beaches, and the shallow and calm waters make it the perfect choice for those traveling with little ones. Paphos, the historical centre of the area, is just a short bus journey away, meaning that you can easily combine culture with relaxation. It’s no wonder that Teletext Holidays include Coral Bay in their top ten destinations. I’ve personally visited this beach, and I’ll definitely be returning in the near future!

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a state of the east coast of the United States, full of pleasant beaches. One of my personal favourites is the beach at Martha’s Vineyard. Quite literally an old vineyard on the beach that has been updated with modern facilities, this location is a truly unique corner of the globe that offers a holiday like no other. As well as blue seas, there are plenty of activities to keep children occupied. It’s also a favourite of Forbes, so you can be sure that it comes recommended from those in the know.

Cala Capra, Sardinia

Cala Capra is situated on the east coast of Sardinia, and benefits from two calm bays and stunning views across the waters. Situated on a tiny peninsula, it’s like a little piece of heaven away from the busier resorts. There are many trees for offering shade from the midday heat, and there’s an excellent selection of restaurants, cafes, and watersports. Make sure that you sample the local cuisine, which is one of the reasons why many people return year after year. The beach of Le Saline is just 200m away, and is also worth a visit when you’re in the area.

Siesta Key Sunset (photo by Motmel from Wikimedia Commons)

Siesta Key Sunset (photo by Motmel from Wikimedia Commons)

Siesta Key, Florida

Siesta Key is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the whole of the USA. There are lifeguards present throughout the year, and lots in the way of activities and family friendly eateries and picnicking areas. As you’d imagine from Florida, the shops are pretty good too. Take your plastic and treat yourself a little! I’ve visited this beach several times, and can vouch for the fun atmosphere that you’ll always find here.

Will you be taking a beach holiday this year? Which of these destinations will you be considering?

About the Author: This article was brought to you by Ruth Richards on behalf of The Holiday Place. Ruth is seasoned copywriter and blogger.  She currently resides in Durham, UK.  You can add her in Google+ –.

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 What a great way to head into the long holiday weekend: with family-friendly fun at the beach! Thank you so much, Ruth!

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Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon (aka: The Hilton Lagoon), Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Posted by Jody on November 7, 2011

The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, aka: The Hilton Lagoon, is named for the “Father of Modern Surfing.”  Located at the far west end of Waikiki Beach (on the Hilton Hawaiian Village property), the public is welcome to enjoy this great big sandy “pool” in its beautifully landscaped, park-like setting. Frolicking children and families can spend the day splashing and playing in the inviting calm, clear water of this five acre saltwater lagoon.

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, View from the Ilikai, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

The man made Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon has its origins in the 1950’s as part of  Henry J. Kaiser’s Hawaiian Village complex. In 1961 the property became a Hilton resort and in 2006 the lagoon was closed for a massive $15,000,000 renovation project.  Our family has actually enjoyed the “Hilton Lagoon” both before and after its incredible transformation! According to the Hilton Hawaiian Village the 2006-2007 renovation included: “a state-of-the-art water circulation system featuring seven saltwater wells 195-250 feet below the surface of the ocean. The wells draw in about 15,000 gallons of water per minute from the ocean, helping to turn over the water about five times a day. The lagoon’s depth has gone from about 12 feet to approximately five feet, and more than 35,000 tons of sand have been used to replenish the beach and bottom of the lagoon.”  The unprecedented project added lovely Hawaiian landscaping and a boardwalk which skirts the lagoon. The boardwalk is quite popular with morning  joggers.  Newly placed benches are a great spot for those who just want to sip their coffee and enjoy a sunrise.

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, aka: The Hilton Lagoon (©Jody Diehl)

The calm, cool water of the lagoon is perfect for swimming, wading, and tame water sports such as stand-up paddling. You can conveniently rent stand-up paddle surfboards, waterbees, kayaks, and aqua cycles lagoon-side. Don’t get your heart set on building sandcastles in the sand surrounding the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, though.  It’s rather hard and quite coarse.  No problem! You can easily cross over the boardwalk to the more beachy sand of Waikiki’s Kahanamoku Beach.

*The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon is the setting of a free fireworks display, hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, which takes place every Friday evening.  It’s one great show!*

For more on the beaches of Waikiki check out Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach.

Aloha!

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“The 10 Best Beaches for Families: 2011” by Parents®

Posted by Jody on October 25, 2011

Family Post by Alaina Diehl

Parents® has taken exceptional measures to spot out the best 10 family beaches with 10 runners-up. They “combed through water-quality reports, closings, and advisories for more than 1,000 U.S. beaches,” nixing those with “persistent problems and ones where the water isn’t tested.” After that, they evaluated three more “deal breakers” that families must consider—restrooms, calm surf, and lifeguards. Finally, beaches with nature trails and other perks made the cut. Kids or no kids, these beaches look like real treasure troves of beach and beachside activities. All we need to do is pack our swimsuits and enjoy the calm, clean waters of  “The 10 Best Beaches for Families.”

North Beach at Fort De Soto Park (Photo by Christopher Hollis/Wikimedia Commons)

1. North Beach at Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde, Florida

This beach is a perfect spot for the kiddos. The water is clear and clean, and this county park beach area features nature activities, a shallow and large lagoon, a playground with a pretend pirate ship, and the nearby Gulf Pier—a good spot for dolphin spotting! Fun and American history meet at the fort, where the family can explore remnants of the Spanish-American War.

2. Coligny Beach Park, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Parents® picked this spot for its calm, shallow waters. Kids can peer into the tidal pools at low tide (look, but don’t touch!) and collect treasures off of the beach. The sand is also ideal for building sand castles and cycling.

3. Kama’ole Beach Park III, Maui, Hawaii

They got me at “Maui.” This beach, nicknamed Kam 3, is one of three beaches in the Kama’ole Beach Park. This is a fun nature spot with clear water and small waves—kids may be able to spot fish, puffer fish, and sea turtles. If you want a closer look, nearby vendors rent snorkeling equipment that can help make it happen. More family fun can be had in the grassy area behind the beach where visitors can enjoy games, fly kites, or eat shaved ice (a stand won’t be too far away!).

4. Coronado Central Beach, San Diego

Hotel del Coronado (Photo by Binksternet/Wikipedia)

A treasured memory from my childhood, this beach is a special stretch of sand. Great weather, pristine sands, and warm waters make this a great place to spend the day. Downsand from the famous Hotel del Coronado, you may find tide pools filled with sea creatures. As an extra added bonus, California beaches are smoke-free.

5. West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter

This beach sounds like a blast. If your family likes the hands-on educational program approach to vacationing, then this beach with a Junior Ranger program will be right up your alley. Kids can complete a list of activities to receive a “beachcomber badge.” If you’re looking to run the kids down for naptime, there are several nearby nature trails to enjoy…and burn off about 1 ½ miles of energy to boot.

6. Mayflower Beach, Dennis, Massachusetts

This beautiful Cape Cod beach has an annual sand sculpture contest! You don’t have to be a kid to like digging sand into buckets. There are categories for kids ages 3-6 and 7-11, as well as family teams.

7. Coquina Beach Park, Bradenton, Florida

The “coquinas” (mini colorful shells) make this beach a popular treasure collecting spot. Other fun activities include walking the paved nature trail, enjoying the warm water, and kayaking – lucky kayakers will spot sea life favorites, such as the manatee (this beach is located in Manatee County), dolphin, or stingray!

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon (Photo by Postdlf/Wikimedia Commons)

8. Cannon Beach, Oregon

This lovely beach has the beach critters and the gorgeous views beach vacationers crave. The state-protected tidal pools are filled with colorful starfish and other creatures. Bring a camera to get snapshots of picturesque Haystack Rock, just off the beach. Even in the summer, the water stays cold enough to deter swimmers from diving right in. If you want to get in past your toes, you’ll want a wetsuit—fortunately for the kiddos, the Cannon Beach Surf Shop rents out toddler-sized suits.

9. Main Beach, East Hampton, New York

Are the people on this beach judging me for my department store swimsuit? According to Parents®, even though this white sand beach is overlooked by mansions, it retains a “down-to-earth” atmosphere. The real downside? Parking is by permit only on weekends. It’s a good idea to bike in or stay at a hotel that will drop you off.

10. North Beach, Racine, Wisconsin

If the beach isn’t enough to keep your kids busy, this Lake Michigan beach sports one of the state’s largest playgrounds. The zoo isn’t too far away, either.

Last but not least, you may want to check out one of the 10 runners-up: Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key, Florida; South Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oaho, Hawaii; South Beach, Tybee Island, Georgia; Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly, Rhode Island; Hapuna Beach Park, Big Island, Hawaii; Cape May Point Beach, Cape May, New Jersey, Aliso Beach Park, South Laguna Beach, California; and Gulf State Park Beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama.

So many beaches, so little time!

Everyone will enjoy “The 10 best beaches for families!

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