Your summer to-do list includes soaking up as much sun and sand as possible. Get a head start on your planning by checking out these top 10 beaches across the country that offer more than just life guards and bathrooms for families in search of a memorable vacation. Flip through the gallery to discover the top beachy destinations hand-picked by our friends at Family Vacation Critic.

Long Beach Island, Nj

This sunny destination has made a big comeback with families since Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the area in 2013. With 18 miles of pristine shoreline and relatively calm waves, Long Beach Island makes for an idyllic vacation for locals and visitors alike.

3 Things Your Kids Will Love:
• Schooner's Wharf
• Fantasy Island Amusement Park
• 18-mile stretch of shoreline


photo: Amanda Hoy

Have you visited any of these beaches with your family? Tell us about your experience! What other destinations should Family Vacation Critic add to their list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

— Erin Lem with Family Vacation Critic


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