Your summer to-do list includes soaking up as much sun and sand as possible. Get a head start on your planning by checking out these top 10 beaches across the country that offer more than just life guards and bathrooms for families in search of a memorable vacation. Flip through the gallery to discover the top beachy destinations hand-picked by our friends at Family Vacation Critic.

Ponce Inlet, Fl

Planning a trip to Disney World this summer? Make a detour (after visiting Mickey, of course) to Ponce Inlet, located an hour’s drive from Orlando. You’ll find out why Ponce Inlet is the “birthplace of speed” (hint: motorcycles fill the road ways during special events in March and October). Bonus: don’t forget to visit Florida’s tallest lighthouse situated on this 23-mile stretch of beach.

3 Things Your Kids Will Love:
• Long expanses of beach
• Close to Kennedy Space Center
• Easy drive to Disney

Online: familyvacationcritic.com

photo: Daytona Beach Area CVB

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Have you visited any of these beaches with your family? Tell us about your experience! What other destinations should Family Vacation Critic add to their list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

— Erin Lem with Family Vacation Critic