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The Best Family-Friendly Beaches in the United States

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Summertime—time to hit the wide, white sand (or fine, smooth lava pebbles). Dunes, driftwood, and sunshine await your family at these safe and beautiful spots that you can reach without a passport.
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Waianapanapa, Hana, HI 96713, USA
The key to to appreciating Maui's Hana Highway is really taking the time to stop and explore along the way. One of my favorite places along the famous drive is Waianapanapa State Park. The 120-acre park is a mix of dense tropical forest, black...
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Short Sand Beach, Oregon 97102, USA
California is usually the state most associated with sun-drenched beaches. But in my opinion, the Oregon coastline trumps the Golden State in terms of sheer beauty. Located 10 miles south of the more popular Cannon Beach is Oswald West State Park,...
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740 Ocean View Dr, Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA
This gorgeous stretch of beach on the Outer Cape is a prime hangout for surfers who usually spend more time waiting for waves than actually riding them. Even though the water is often a bit too cold for my kids to swim in, the incredibly steep...
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Sunset Beach, NC 28468, USA
I'm one of the few married men I know who will openly admit he loves to visit his in-laws. The fact is, my wife's parents moved from Long Island to North Carolina shortly before our children were born, and as a golfer and father of two boys, their...
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La Jolla Cove, California 92037, USA
Without a doubt, San Diego is one of the best vacation destinations for families in the United States. Not only is the weather almost guaranteed to be sunny and (reasonably) warm, but there's tons for you to keep the kids entertained and having...
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96th St, Florida 33154, USA
The beaches in Miami are beautiful. At 96th and Collins, what appears to be a street between office buildings and high-rise condos leads to white sand and turquoise water, good for shelling. In the morning and up until around 2pm during the week,...
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Kāʻanapali Beachwalk, Hawaii, USA
From the moment you first pop up on a surfboard—and realize you're standing on a wave—it's immediately apparent why the sport of surfing is such an addictive and popular pursuit. In Ancient Hawaii, surfing was reserved exclusively for royalty and...
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Montauk, NY 11954, USA
About three hours east of the hectic, bustling craziness of New York City lies one of the most tranquil enclaves anywhere—Montauk. Okay, so it's gotten a bit hipstery in the past few years, but there are spots that still remain unspoiled and...
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Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ, USA
Well, my favorite beach at Washington Ave. in Avon, New Jersey is ready for the Summer of 2013. After the severe damage to our area beaches and beach towns, New Jersey is "Stronger than the Storm." On June 15th, the season will begin. Not...
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Cape May, NJ 08204, USA
Was pleasantly surprised to see the Garden State live up to its name. Beautiful beach and weather in Cape May. Beautiful Victorian architecture and a promenade vice gaudy boardwalk.