• “Choosing a beach destination is much more complicated for groups traveling with kids,” says Lissa Poirot, editor of <a href="">Family Vacation Critic</a>. The site shared its top picks for family beaches this summer. “It’s not just looking for sand, sun and water – families are looking for destinations that offer convenience, safety and cleanliness." Pictured here, Cannon Beach, Ore.
  • "Our readers have shared that their top priority is staying close to the beach – families want to be in the center of the action and close enough to easily walk to the beach," said Poirot. Pictured here, Coronado Beach in Coronado, Calif. Insider Tip for Families from the site: There are tide pools located at the rocky sea break by the Hotel del Coronado, ideal for young swimmers. There are also fire pits located on the northernmost stretch of sand on Coronado Beach – perfect for S’mores.
  • "They also want to feel confident in knowing that the beach and its waters are safe and clean for the entire family.” Pictured here, Destin, Fla.
  • Humiston Park in Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Mayo Beach Park in Wellfleet, Mass.
    David Danziger
  • Mayo Beach Park in Wellfleet, Mass.
    David Danziger
  • Myrtle Beach, SC: Myrtle Beach. Insider Tip for Families: The downtown boardwalk area of Myrtle Beach hosts free “Hot Summer Nights” events throughout the summer – including concerts, festivals and kids’ carnivals. There is a free fireworks display every Wednesday night at the 2nd Avenue Pier.
  • New Buffalo Public Beach in New Buffalo, Mich.
    Nancy Gusterine
  • Ocean City, NJ: Ocean City Beach. Insider Tip for Families: Ocean City has numerous free and low-cost events for families throughout July and August – Funtastic Tuesdays (every Tuesday); Beach Walks (every Tuesday and Wednesday); Family Nights (every Thursday) and Character Nights (every Sunday).
    Ocean City Chamber
  • Short Sands Beach in York, Maine.
    Amy Donle Photography
  • Zephyr Cove Resort in Zephyr Cove, Nevada. Insider Tip for Families: The M.S. Dixie is a 520-passenger paddlewheel sightseeing cruise that departs from Zephyr Cove daily, offering two-hour narrated tours. Lunch is available for purchase, and there are discounted rates for kids 11 years and under.
    Mike Frye / Family Vacation Critic
  • Zephyr Cove Resort in Nevada.
    Zephyr Cove Resort