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Family Vacation Critic Reveals 10 Best U.S. Beaches for Families in 2015

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | April 02, 2015

Family Vacation Critic Reveals 10 Best U.S. Beaches for Families in 2015

It's time to start thinking about summer vacation. 

With beach season fast approaching, TripAdvisor subsidiary Family Vacation Critic has revealed its 10 Best U.S. Beaches for Families in 2015.

But while location and affordability matter when it comes to selecting a vacation destination, Family Vacation Critic's list takes into account a variety of different factors. 

"When choosing the top family-friendly beaches, we consider a number of factors – it's not just beautiful sands and picturesque views," said Family Vacation Critic editor-in-chief Lissa Poirot. "Beyond clean, safe beaches, we're looking for beaches that offer a well-rounded experience for families – accommodations, dining and entertainment within close distance of the beach, and plenty to keep the whole family entertained while in town."

The editors at Family Vacation Critic stopped short of ranking the top beaches, but here's a look at what they came up with for 2015:

Cape May Beach — Cape May, New Jersey

Carlsbad State Beach  — Carlsbad, California

Crescent Beach  — Block Island, Rhode Island

Fort De Soto Park — St. Petersburg, Florida

Kings Beach — Lake Tahoe, California

Lincoln City Beach  — Lincoln City, Oregon

Manatee County Beach — Holmes Beach, Florida

Ogunquit Beach — Ogunquit, Maine

Rehoboth Beach — Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Virginia Beach — Virginia Beach, Virginia

The list features an excellent mix of beaches from all over the U.S, with the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coast each being represented by multiple destinations. 

However, the absence of well-known popular beach destinations like Miami, Maui and Malibu serve as a reminder that Family Vacation Critic is taking a different set of criteria into account. Family-friendly facilities, events and activities are easy to come across in these serene locales that often cater to families. 

But while 2015's top 10 beaches are ideal for traveling families with young children, many of them appeal to singles and younger couples and groups as well. Virginia Beach, for example, features a plethora of nightlife and entertainment options that attract individuals and groups of all ages year after year. 

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