Florida certainly has hundreds of beaches to choose from, but if you’re already set on visiting the East Coast, that narrows it down a bit.
You’ll find beautiful pristine beaches that provide all sorts of activities and things to see while you’re there.
We especially have beaches picked out that are perfect for kids. So let’s get to it and check out our list of the best family-friendly beaches that you’ll come across on Florida’s East Coast.
Cocoa Beach happens to be one of the closest beaches to Disney World, so it’s an extremely popular destination among families. It also happens to be one of the prettiest beaches in the area, with shallower waters suitable for children.
Boogie boarding, surfing and jet skiing are just some of the water activities where you’ll find lessons and rentals too. Downtown you’ll find little shops and plenty of great restaurants to choose from.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
One of the most family-friendly beaches on our list that has even a paradise setting would have to be Fort Lauderdale Beach. There are lifeguards on duty throughout sections of the beach and also beach rentals for your favorite water activities.
You can walk, bike or skate along the boardwalk and head off to some great restaurants for a bite to eat. At certain times throughout the year, you may get to watch a concert or head to a festival
Delray Beach is an all-around beach that has something for everyone. You’ll notice volleyball nets, picnic areas, lifeguards on duty and restrooms nearby. People enjoy water skiing, surfing, kitesurfing, and snorkeling.
Your family will enjoy the art district of Pineapple Grove if you’re visiting on the First Fridays of each month. Sandoway Discovery Center is also near the beach and your kiddos will love it.
While Daytona Beach was once considered an adult and college kids kind of beach, it’s now more family oriented. You’ll find an amusement park with a ferris wheel and arcades galore. Daytona Beach is located about an hour from Disney, for all the theme park lovers needing a change in scenery.
The Daytona 500 is also located a short distance from the beach. There’s also a vibrant nighttime atmosphere and several places of interest downtown your family will enjoy.
New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach is another beach that’s within an hour’s drive of downtown Orlando. You may notice that a lot of emphases is put on the area’s habitat.
In other words, the beach is very pretty and they work on keeping it that way. The beach has restrooms, picnic areas and a boardwalk that’s great for animals and people-watching. Canaveral National Lakeshore is nearby, along with several museums and art galleries.
Your family will simply adore Amelia Island, that’s part of a chain of barrier islands along the Atlantic. The beaches there are fairly uncrowded, and there’s plenty of shopping and dining options close by. Fernandina Beach is one we recommend along with a visit to the historic downtown.
St. Augustine Beach
Last, but not least, St. Augustine Beach is another beautiful Florida East Coast beach worth visiting. If your family can get up early enough, the sunrises are just as remarkable.
You’ll find picnic areas, volleyball courts, ice cream shops, along with a playground and splash pad for the kiddies. You don’t want to miss out on several of the fantastic museums that add more interest to the area.
So, which of these beaches along Florida’s East Coast are you planning to take your family this year? No matter which of these you choose, your family is sure to have an incredible time. If you’ve already visited a number of these beaches, which one was your favorite from our list?