If your family grows tired of building sand castles or readjusting a wayward umbrella, consider these five spots with plenty to offer beyond the beach.
1 KUKUIULA, KAUAI, HAWAII Stay at a plantation-style cottage in this picturesque, 1,010-acre community. Relax on the soft, yellow sand beaches, but make time for the Island Pursuits program, which includes a personal island concierge who can plan family activities. Hike to hidden waterfalls or paddle 17 miles aboard a traditional Hawaiian canoe to the protected island of Ni'ihau.
2 INDIANA DUNES, PORTER COUNTY, INDIANA Hoosiers are proud of the 15 miles of sandy beachfront at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. The Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail was created to provide a deeper experience for visitors. Visit a nearby bison farm, learn about the 350 bird species that live or migrate through the area, or hike within a landscape that features dunes, barrens, prairies, forests and wetlands.
3 MUKUL BEACH GOLF AND SPA, NICARAGUA You can spend some time on the Emerald Coast's pristine beaches, but the resort also offers Oolal (Mayan for happiness) Journeys, which include cooking lessons, dinner with a local family or milking cows in a nearby village. Embark on a sea-to-table foraging expedition, during which you'll catch fish and discover the herbs that will be used in preparation.
4 ASSATEAGUE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, BERLIN, MARYLAND This magnificent stretch of beach is best-known for the wild Chincoteague ponies that make their annual swim across the Assateague Channel. The seashore, a part of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, is home to more than 300 species of birds as well as trails for biking and hiking.
5 LINCOLN CITY, OREGON This coastal Northwestern enclave features more than seven miles of sandy beach. Every October through May, volunteers for the Finders Keepers program place handmade glass art on the beach for the curious to discover and take home. Families can also enjoy kite festivals, arts and crafts and shopping.