Best Family Beach Vacation Spots on the Southeast Coast
You’ve been to the Jersey shore more times than you can count. There’s nothing wrong with it, but you’re looking for something different. Take the family on a road trip down south, and find a new beach spot in the Southeast. While you’re there, you can sight see, and visit the other towns and historical sites along the way.
- Tybee Island, GA: Tybee Island is a beautiful and colorful island right outside of Savannah, GA. It has more character than you can imagine. There’s a cute little boardwalk on the south side of the beach, and a lighthouse on the north side. There are a few more shells on the north side, but it’s less touristy if you’re looking for a quieter spot to lounge. After your fun day in the sun, make sure to stop over at the local pizza shop called Huckapoo’s for some of the most creative pizza you’ve ever seen. Its tie-dyed atmosphere is easy going to the max. If you need a break from the sun and shore, then you can drive 20 minutes inland and visit historic Savannah, GA. There are numerous forts, battlegrounds, graveyards, and more that will keep you and your whole family entertained for days.
- Myrtle Beach, SC: Myrtle Beach has become massive. It’s a huge tourist spot, with tons and tons to do. The south side is known for its rambunctious party scene, with the boardwalk and amusement parks, and the north side is more family friendly and quiet, but not by much. You can also find a good group of bikers that travel through the city. There’s everything to do in this city, from the beach to shopping, to water parks and shopping. It’s a great spot for large families who want to break up and go different directions during the day. There’s something for everyone here.
- Hilton Head, SC: Hilton Head is an island that strives to preserve its natural beaches. It’s located about 20-30 minutes away from Tybee Island. It sits just off the coast of South Carolina. If you enjoy golf, there are several top notch golf courses that are in and outside the island. The city doesn’t have as many buildings on the oceanfront because it wants to preserve the natural habitat and landscape. If you do find an oceanfront villa, take it. This island is quieter than Myrtle Beach, but you’ll find excellent restaurants tucked in marinas with fantastic bands. You can ride bikes that circumnavigate the entire island on cut paths through marshes and swamps. You’ll see lots of wildlife, from dolphins to whitetail deer – just beware of the alligators!
- Nags Head, NC: Nags Head is a nice in-between kind of beach spot. It’s got the nature, but it also has activities and things to do around town. It’s a strip of islands that stretch across the North Carolina coast. One thing that you don’t want to miss is the hang gliding in April! It’s a unique place because there are large stretches of sand dudes that are perfect for launching off of and catching some great gusts.
We are all tired of the snow and cold. Start daydreaming about where you want to get away for your Spring Break. Go south of the Mason Dixon line to get the warm weather and fun in the sun earlier than you would on the Jersey Shore. Pack up the family and the bathing suits, and roll out the beach towels!