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.

Coast Guard Beach, Ma

No matter where you vacation on the Cape, you’re bound to have a memorable time. But, if you’re looking for a gem of a beach beeline it to Coast Guard Beach just off of Route 6. The pristine stretch of beach boasts calm waters and soft sand, along with seasonal life guards and bathrooms.

3 Things Your Kids Will Love:
• Tons of outdoor family activities and adventure
• Cape Cod National Seashore and Rail Trail
• Charming New England towns

Online: familyvacationcritic.com

Photo: Margot Tabb

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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