The Best United States Family Beach Resorts

Family beach resorts offer a popular way for family members to enjoy a vacation away from home together. U.S. beach resorts offer an affordable option for that family excursion. Beach destinations in the United States can range from the famously warm and sandy shores of Southern California and Florida, to the moderately cooler climes of the northwest and northeast coastlines. Depending upon your family's preferences, there is a wide variety of destinations from which to choose.

San Diego's sunny shores are world famous for their hot beaches, sizzling nightlife and stunning scenery. Loews resort in upscale Coronado adds one more notch to its claim to fame: A family-oriented vacation resort situated in one of southern California's most prestigious boating capitals. Nestled in a bay just off of beautiful Silver Strand State Park, the resort has made its rep on its all-inclusive family amenities. Kids programs, teen activities, sailing, relaxing gondola rides and a pampering spa ensure that every member of the family feels included in the program. Dining options include the resort's three restaurants as well as upscale Coronado. $250 per night and up.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road
Coronado, CA, 92118
(619) 424-4000


Florida has always been a popular destination for family beach vacations. Captiva Island's recently upgraded South Seas Island Resort is a destination all its own. Sparkling white sand beaches and activities ranging from nature tours to charter fishing are all part of the resort's offerings. Teens and kids can join structured activities or take a swim in any of the resort's 11 pools. Five restaurants offer a variety of dining experiences. Best of all is the variety of accommodations--11 selections in all, including guestrooms overlooking the sound, beachside cottages and private, fully equipped homes. $200 and up.

South Seas Island Resort
5400 Plantation Road
Captiva Island FL 33924
(866) 565-5089


With temperatures on the rise, northern destinations are gaining popularity for their spacious beaches and eye-popping vistas. The Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City is the only hotel in Oregon that is built right on the beach. With miles of sand, surf and state parks, the outdoor advantages can't be beat. Kids' facilities at the Inn aren't as ample or as inclusive as those at South Seas or Coronado, but as your kids may point out, who needs activities at the hotel when you have Oregon's magnificent tidal pools and beaches to investigate? Whale watching trips, a marine center and on-site kids' games offer a full day of activities. Fine dining includes the Inn's 10th-floor restaurant and lounge with stunning views, or a number of restaurants in nearby Newport. $130 and up.

Inn at Spanish Head
Resort Hotel
4009 SW Hwy 101
Lincoln City OR 97367
(541) 996-2161
(800) 452-8127


Oceanedge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster, Massachusetts, boasts a long list of activities for children and adults, as well as proximity to some of the most protected beachfront in New England. An historic mansion with more than 400 private acres, it offers daily children's programs, spa facilities, golf, tennis and of course, miles of beaches at its doorstep. Kids' programs can fill up quickly, so book early. $200 and up.

Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club
2907 Main Street
Brewster MA 02631
(508) 896-9000

Jan Lee has been writing articles for approximately 20 years. Lee's articles and content have been published at Suite101, Examiner, BCAdventure, Columbus World Travel Guide and Go Northwest and appeared in publications in Canada, United States and Mexico. Lee received her Bachelors in Spanish from Simon Fraser University, Canada and is a 2004 Society of Professional Journalists' winner for Editorial Writing (Greater Oregon Chapter).