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    Family Beaches

    Everyone has their favorite sands, but when it comes to family-friendly options, not all are created equal. We've picked 10 beaches across the country that parents and kids are guaranteed to love.

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    Family Beaches - Cannon Beach, Oregon

    Set against old-growth forests and punctuated by giant rock monoliths (including the 235-foot-high Haystack Rock), quaint and kid-friendly Cannon Beach lies just 80 miles west of Portland, Oregon.

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    Family Beaches - Cape May, New Jersey

    Cape May, New Jersey, has a beautiful expanse of sandy shoreline and requisite ice cream shops for little visitors, as well as Victorian house-lined streets (it's a National Historic District).

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    Family Beaches - Coast Guard Beach, Massachusetts

    Of all Cape Cod’s beaches, the National Seashore's Coast Guard Beach stands out – not only for the large waves begging to be surfed, but also for its educational and natural attractions.

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    Family Beaches - Coronado, California

    Besides being the place to stay, the spectacular Hotel del Coronado makes a fabulous backdrop for a family photo and has kids' activities galore – think sand-castle building and kite making.

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    Family Beaches - Daytona Beach, Florida

    Daytona Beach's 23 miles of sparkling Florida sand promise plenty of beach-time fun to keep the kiddies content, plus a plethora of off-beach activities to keep them occupied away from the surf.

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    Family Beaches - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

    Hilton Head Island's 12 miles of South Carolina beachfront are child-friendly indeed, with shallow waters, gentle waves, and sand dollar-dotted shores.

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    Family Beaches - Newport Beach, California

    If your family is more trendy than traditional, look no further than Newport Beach in Southern California. Miles upon miles of sand-castle-ready beach is open to the public.

  • New York State Parks

    Family Beaches - Orient Beach State Park, New York

    Delightfully desolate Orient Beach State Park, on the tip of Long Island's North Fork, has a 300-foot sandy stretch and plenty of amenities like a playground, picnic area, and barbecue grills.

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    Family Beaches - Poipu Beach Park, Hawaii

    Poipu Beach Park, on Kauai's south shore, is perfect for the entire gang: Toddlers can splash safely in a calm and shallow cove while teenagers can take surfing or bodyboarding lessons near a reef.

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    Family Beaches - Sanibel Island, Florida

    On Sanibel Island in Florida, teach the children about ecotourism at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, where more than 300 species of birds, reptiles, and mammals reside.

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