Travel Picks: Top 10 beach holidays for families

Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:22pm EDT
 
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Sun, sea, sand -- beaches are a natural holiday destination for many families where everybody, big and small, can have fun.

Lonely Planet's "Travel With Children" book lists what it believes are the world's most child-friendly beaches. This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. COSTA DEL SUD, SARDINIA, ITALY

Although you have to drive to the beaches, the water is clean, the sand is white and there aren't too many people: Sardinian beaches are far better than many on the Italian mainland. www.sardegnaturismo.it

2.COTTESLOE, AUSTRALIA

Just north of Fremantle and west of Perth in Western Australia, Cottesloe has a beautifully safe beach for kids to swim or snorkel at, and the weather always seems to be perfect. www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au

3. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

Washed by the warm Indian Ocean, Durban's city beaches have plenty of free children's swimming pools and lots of family entertainment such as Sea World and Ushaka Marine World. www.durban.gov.za

4. KARON BEACH, THAILAND   Continued...