Our first time away from home with the little one was certainly a milestone. Maybe you and your partner are itching for a getaway but feeling nervous about upsetting baby’s routine. We’ve put together this foolproof list of beach towns that will allow you to get some much-needed sun, sea, and relaxation, as well as keeping your tot happy. Going to the beach with baby is not an impossible task.
The sunny island of Majorca in Spain is ideal for your family when it comes to beach towns. Rent a car at the airport and you’ll soon be checking into a peaceful beach villa amidst the mountains. The climate is perfect, as it won’t be too hot for baby, but you’re guaranteed eight hours of glorious sun.
Look forward to a week of lazing by the pool, sunset swims, and cooking simple meals to enjoy by candlelight. The joy of being self-catered is that you can dictate your own schedule based around naps and feeding with zero stress. The furthest you’ll need to venture is to the local beach, to knock up a few sandcastle and paddle in the waves.
If you live in the UK, then there are plenty of lovely days out to be had (so long as it isn’t raining!). With quirky Margate on your doorstep, there’s no need to even step on a plane, if the thought of airports and luggage allowance is too much to handle.
There are some beautiful holiday cottages in the area to give your family the seclusion and peace you’re craving. Pop baby in your travel stroller for a fun day out on the seafront, visiting Dreamlands theme park, and the Turner gallery. Eat fish and chips from the paper, share a 99 cone, and play on the retro arcade games. If your little one is walking, Ollie’s Indoor Play Centre will delight and entertain them for hours on end.
In the list of great beach towns we have Alvor in Portugal as a top choice for traveling families, thanks to its laid-back and welcoming nature. Stay in a luxury villa on the outskirts to enjoy some quality time away from the stresses of life. With your own pool and sun-soaked terrace, you won’t want to leave.
Many villas are equipped with everything you need to look after your baby, which means less to pack! (Talking of packing – this checklist is great!). If you do manage to plan an escape, Alvor will reward you with pretty cobbled streets, romantic restaurants, and interesting shops. The beaches in the area are perfect for a young family; soft sand, clean water, and the gentlest of waves. Pack up lunch and spend the afternoon playing on the shore. Be sure to get a few photos of baby’s first beach day out for the family album!
If instilling a sense of adventure into your sprog is paramount, hop aboard a flight to exotic Cuba to explore local life that will feel a million miles from your own. The country is home to some spectacular all-inclusive resorts, meaning you won’t have to lift a finger.
If you’re looking for impeccable weather, ocean views, an array of delectable food and drink and great family-friendly accommodation, then search no more. Many hotels even offer a programme of activities for babies and children, meaning you get some much-needed time off being super mom.
When deciding to venture to one of the earth’s greatest beach towns with baby in tow, these laid-back destinations score highly for little ones and not so little ones. These paradises will guarantee the gorgeous weather and relaxation that you need and deserve. Check out my post about stress-free travel with a baby for more information to make your first trip with your baby a success.