Pennington, NJ – June 17, 2013 – According to a recent survey* from Family Vacation Critic, an online family travel planning guide, nearly half of all families reported that the most important factor in choosing a beach to visit with kids is the cleanliness of the beach and its waters. The second most important factor is safe waters with a lifeguard on duty, followed closely by accommodations within walking distance.
“Families want to know that the beaches they’re visiting are safe for their kids – they’re looking for clean beaches to play on, and safe waters for young swimmers,” says Lissa Poirot, executive editor of Family Vacation Critic. “At the same time, convenience also plays a big role in the decision-making process – over a third of respondents said that they look for beaches that are close to where they’re staying and have nearby facilities and entertainment options.”
With those factors in mind, Family Vacation Critic has named the 10 Best Beaches for Families. The beaches were chosen by the site’s editors, based on the features most important to families — cleanliness, safe waters, and nearby restrooms, restaurants and entertainment.
Family Vacation Critic’s 2013 list of the 10 Best Beaches for Families includes:
o Beach Haven – Beach Haven, NJ
o Bethany Beach – Bethany Beach, DE
o Coquina Beach – Nags Head, NC
o Coronado Central Beach – Coronado, CA
o Fort De Soto Park – St. Petersburg, FL
o Poipu Beach Park – Koloa, HI
o Sand Harbor Beach – Incline Village, NV
o Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, FL
o Skaket Beach – Orleans, MA
o Stewart Beach – Galveston Island, TX
For a full review of each of the best beaches, visit the article: 10 Best Beaches for Families.
* Family Vacation Critic surveyed its readers from June 5-10, 2013. The full results of the poll:
Question: What’s most important when choosing a beach to visit with your kids?
Cleanliness of the beach/water: 48%
Safe waters and lifeguards on duty: 18%
Accommodations within walking distance: 16%
Nearby entertainment and restaurants for a break from the beach: 8%
Public restrooms within a close walk: 5%
An easily accessible parking lot, close to the beach: 5%
Total Votes: 1,022
Note to Editors: Lissa Poirot, executive editor of Family Vacation Critic, is available to discuss the best beaches list, as well as offer tips for families planning a beach vacation.
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