When your family includes a dog, you’ll want to be sure the beach you choose for your winter family travels is a pet-friendly one. These beaches all welcome your canine pals, but each has its own rules posted, so be sure to read them before visiting. Some rules protect wildlife, such as turtles that lay their eggs in the sand.
The Gulf Coast is a good choice for its warmer waters and gentle waves. On Sanibel Island, look for Gulfside City Park, a 15-mile beach with showers and grills. The beach is less crowded than most in this popular resort area, so you won’t meet as many other dogs here. Do use a leash at all times to protect nesting turtles.
Dogs appreciate the freedom of the 6.5-mile beach at Bonita Springs Dog Park in Fort Myers because it’s an off-leash beach. The two fenced areas are designated by size, so Corgis won’t be intimidated by Leonbergers. The water is also shallow for safe swimming.
The large Fort De Soto Dog Beach Park also features two large off-leash areas designated by size and linked to the beach, as does the spacious Apollo Beach Park in Apollo Beach. This one is a favorite of families with larger breeds, because it is usually less busy than others nearby.
On Florida’s Atlantic coast, you’ll find a four-acre dog park at Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park good beach in Ormond Beach, north of Daytona. Your dog can play off leash at the beach and in the dog park area.
In Miami, Hobie Island Beach Park includes an off-leash area with shallow water and soft sand. Get there early to snare a shady spot under the palm trees. Haulover Beach Park in Miami Beach has enclosed areas designated for small and large dogs, as well as dog-friendly drinking fountains. You’ll appreciate the shade from trees as your dog plays.
With much of the country still swathed in winter gloom, Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers a fun beach getaway for family travelers. Contrary to popular belief, Gulf Shores isn’t just white sandy beaches and clear blue skies; it is a hotbed of historical attractions, giving the whole family a vacation to remember.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
Spring is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to start planning your 2023 spring family travel. With temperatures rising, the best spring vacations involve camping in the great outdoors. Make this next camping trip the best with these must-have essentials.
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National parks are high on the list of popular destinations for family travel. These protected, treasured landscapes and natural wonders include Grand Canyon, Arizona; Yosemite, California; Zion and Arches, Utah; and the dramatic Maine coast at Acadia National Park.