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Family beach vacations are a top travel idea for many people.

There are lots of great choices, whether you are looking for a cheap family vacation, an exotic destination, or a beach community full of history.

Our favorite beach family vacations include these exciting top family beach vacation destinations:

Cheap Family Beach Trip: Galveston Island, Texas

Going to Texas for beach family vacations?

Galveston is a top spot. Enjoy the beach, walk where pirates walked, and fill up on fresh gulf shrimp!

A relatively inexpensive place to visit, explore ideas for a cheap family beach vacation in Galveston, Texas.

Myrtle Beach Family Vacations

Myrtle Beach, SC beach family vacations are really popular.

One of the reasons why is because of the great beaches there.

One great Myrtle Beach family attraction is the boardwalk. Myrtle Beach has different family beach activities planned for each night to make the boardwalk a vacation destination. Some of the activities include live concerts and performers, fireworks, jugglers, stilt walkers, and even a kid's carnival with bounce houses. To find out what is happening during your visit, check out

Another family beach vacation destination, just south of Myrtle Beach, is Brookgreen Garden. It is filled with over 900 pieces of sculpture, There is also a zoo there! For more info, visit

Florida Family Beach Vacation

St. Augustine, FL

One of the best family beach vacations combines the beach with interesting attractions.

St. Augustine, FL is such a place. Founded in 1565 (way before Jamestown) there is a lot of history here.

Some of the family vacations hidden gems that you should visit in St. Augustine are:

  • Fountain of Youth - you read about it in school, right? The explorer, Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth. This site not only has the fountain, but a planetarium, Native American village, and so much more.

  • Castillo de San Marcos - the oldest masonry fort in the U.S., this fort has a long and interesting history.

  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm - Bring a little wildlife into your family beach vacation ideas.

  • St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum - You'll love this musuem! Come away knowing everything about pirates. Interactive for the kids, educational and fun.

    Virginia Beach Vacations

    If you'll be visiting Virginia Beach for a family vacation, plan to visit First Landing State Park.

    This beach area isn't as crowded, and also offers camping, hiking and bike trails. Park Rangers can help you learn to hunt crabs and other fun activities.

    California Beach Vacation

    The California beach - often seen in movies and your chance to go!

    Some of our favorites are:

  • Zuma Beach - near Malibu, this is a great beach for surfers, rock climbing, and hanging out. Lots of movies have been filmed on this section of sand, and this is an example of the beach most people picture when they think about a California beach vacation.

  • Venice Beach - another iconic California beach...full of rollerskaters and skateboarders, people pumping iron, as well as acrobats, jugglers and musicians doing some great and really entertaining street performance. The weekends have lots of entertainers there - and as a result there are more crowds.

  • Laguna Beach - convenient to Disneyland and in Orange County, you'll find Laguna Beach. A home to many artists, they have a really nice public beach right in the middle of town. You'll enjoy the picturesque view of Laguna Beach homes going up the hill.

    Family Beach Vacation, Laguna Beach

    Hawaii Beach Vacation

    Hawaii is a great family beach vacation destination!

    If you stay on the big island, you'll be able to take advantage of the beaches, volcanoes, and lots of culture. Attend a luau and plan to learn a little about the history of Hawaii at places like Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park.

    Also in Hawaii take advantage of factory tours. See how sugar and coffee are processed, even Muana Lao Macadamia Nuts!

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