Coronado Central Beach

Two-mile beach near downtown San Diego bridge. Fits families. Clean, warm water and white beaches await. Swimming, surfing, kite-flying, boarding, beach volleyball, rollerblading, biking, and sandcastle building.

 Coast Guard Beach

Coast Guard Beach is a traditional Cape Cod getaway. Sand and surf are infinite here. Visit the Salt Pond Visitor Center to hear about free ranger-led nature hikes, family campfire nights, surf lessons, and beach yoga.

Coopers Beach

Historic houses flank the boundless Atlantic. Wide white-sand beach. Snack bars and umbrella rentals abound. Lifeguards abound. Summer concert series. Shops line tree-lined streets. Arrive early because parking is expensive.

Stinson Beach

Highway One north of San Francisco leads to the 5.6-kilometer California shoreline. Beautiful stretch. Everyone can swim, hang glide, surf, and kayak. A 51-acre grassy park with snack bars and bathrooms has barbecues and picnic tables. 

Coligny Beach Park

Coligny tops Hilton Head's 12 kilometers of shoreline. Kids are safe in the shallow water. 30 yards deep. Let your little swimmer find beach treasures in tidal pools. Give her seashells. 

North Beach at Fort De Soto Park

North Beach's lagoon is a huge 3-foot-deep natural kiddie pool. Clear water. Find shade at the playground. Snacks available. Gulf Pier has dolphins. Visit the Spanish-American War cannon and fort or cycle a natural route.

Kiawah Beachwalker Park

This barrier island will charm nature lovers. Kayak through mangroves and lagoons. Chairs, umbrellas, and snack bars are available. Weekly oyster roasts and BBQs. Great music and sunsets. Visit Heron Park Nature Center to learn about its wildlife.

Coquina Beach Park

Sarasota is close to the southern end of Anna Maria Island. Coquinas, which are tiny shells with a rainbow of color, are delicious. The beach is a great place for kids to go shell hunting every morning.

Canoeing and nature excursions are provided. It's possible to spot dolphins, manatees, and stingrays. Land exploration along preexisting paths. Concealing Australian pines.

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