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April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent survey*, summer beach trips are the most popular vacation choice for families traveling in 2014. With so many great beaches across the U.S.,
Family Vacation Critic narrows down the choices with its annual list of the
Best Beaches for Families.
"Choosing a beach destination is much more complicated for groups traveling with kids," says
Lissa Poirot, editor of Family Vacation Critic. "It's not just looking for sand, sun and water – families are looking for destinations that offer convenience, safety and cleanliness. 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. They also want to feel confident in knowing that the beach and its waters are safe and clean for the entire family."
Insider Tip for Families: 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.
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).
Zephyr Cove, NV: Zephyr Cove Resort
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.
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 2 nd Avenue Pier.
York, ME: Short Sands Beach
Insider Tip for Families: York Trolley runs between Short Sands and Long Sands, for an easy and inexpensive way to explore the area. The Shoreline Explorer's Purple Line picks up from Short Sands to go to Ogunquit – tickets are a few dollars, and kids under 18 ride free.