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Need A Family Getaway This Summer? Take A Swim At These Top 13 Beach Spots

A vacation that’ll really make a splash with the kids.

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Summer is perfect for having fun in the sun with the fam, making family-friendly beaches hot spots (literally and figuratively) for getaways. According to The Family Vacation Guide, here are the world's top 13 best family beach vacations. So pack the kids, grab some sunblock, and get going!

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#13 Miami Beach, Florida

Miami is often associated with spring break and may not come across as a family destination at first glance, but this overlooked treasure is bursting with family resorts, neighborhoods of cultural cuisine, and beautiful artwork!

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#12 Costa Brava, Spain

The Costa Brava has a beautiful coast that flows along Barcelona’s edge to the French border. It's also filled with tiny towns, villages, rocky aesthetics, and mountains, making it much more than a gorgeous beach, but an untapped adventure!

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#11 St Augustine, Florida

Florida is filled with extraordinary coastal wonders, and St. Augustine is one of them. It’s the best place to park up with the family to relax, enjoy seaside restaurants, fishing piers, and sand volleyball.

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#10 Lisbon, Portugal

Not just another pretty beach, Lisbon is also the capital of Portugal.

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#9 Naples, Florida

In addition to its beautiful beach, Naples is the birthplace of swamp buggy racing.

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#8 Positano, Italy

No wonder Positano is so gorgeous! According to Greek legend, the town was created by Poseidon, the god of the sea.

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#7 Sintra, Portugal

Sintra truly looks like a royal location, and the Portuguese monarchy would agree. Historically, they used Sintra as a summer home for the court.

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#6 Santa Monica, CA

Have a sporty fam? Although volleyball was created in 1895, beach volleyball was born in sunny Santa Monica.

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#5 Olbia, Italy

The Phoenicians found this beautiful Italian shore in the mid-8th century BCE.

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#4 Tahiti, French Polynesia

Did you know that the word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word tatau? See what other lingo you can learn on your trip.

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#3 Antalya, Turkey

Antalya has a magnificent ocean and an equally amazing tunnel aquarium — it’s the largest in the world.

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#2 Sarasota, Florida

If you're a golf lover, this one's for you. This dreamy seaside city is home to what is rumored to be the oldest golf course in the U.S., now known as the Bobby Jones Golf Complex.

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#1 Albufeira, Portugal

It's nice to know that Albufeira is one of the safest regions in Europe, so you and your family can enjoy the stunning sun and surf in peace.

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