Safest Summer Vacation Destinations for Beginner Swimmers

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As summer nears, dreams of palm trees and sandy toes begin to fill our heads. But if you’ve got little ones, planning a summer vacation for the whole family can be a daunting task. There are countless forums lending great advice about the best vacation spots around the world, but few dedicated to many parents’ main concern: safety. For little fishes who are just learning to swim, things like shallow water, minimal waves, and attentive lifeguards are key to finding the perfect destination. So to save you some time and headache, we’ve compiled a list of six of the safest beaches for beginner swimmers.  

  1. Coligny Beach Park, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Coligny Beach Park stands out among the 12 miles of shoreline in Hilton Head because of its shallow, calm water. It’s said that you'd have to walk out 30 yards for it to get above 3 feet deep. Added bonus: your little fish can peek in the tidal pools that form during low tide and hunt for sand dollars and seashells.

 

  1. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

Not only is the water at Coronado Beach warm for swimming in the summer, but the softly sloping beach makes it easy for little kids to run in the waves. The vigilant lifeguards and gentle surf also make it safe for beginners. Added bonus: sandcastle building and beach volleyball courts provide fun out of the water.

 

  1. Kama'ole Beach Park III, Maui, Hawaii

This beach has been touted as ideal for young kids stating that the water has only small waves and it's so clear you can even see the fish from the surface. Added bonus: kids might spot sea turtles or even puffer fish (remember Bloat from Finding Nemo?)

 

  1. Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

At Kiawah Beachwalker Park, the sand is soft and clean, the water is warm, and most importantly, a barrier reef keeps it calm at the shoreline, so younger kids won’t be knocked over by waves. Added bonus: it’s quiet; you won’t find partying college kids here.

 

  1. Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico

If you’re looking for a tropical paradise that’s also kid friendly, it’s hard to beat Luquillo Beach. Lifeguards are on duty, and the water is shallow, warm, and so clear you can see the bottom—even when up to your waist. Added bonus: the “helado man” cruises the beach with fresh coconut or pineapple ice cream for the kids.

 

  1. Mayflower Beach, Dennis, Massachusetts

The water is calmer at Mayflower Beach than at most Cape Cod beaches. It has huge tidal flats that are teeming with sea life, where kids will spend hours digging for sea snails and hermit crabs, according to tourists. Added bonus: the annual sand-sculpture