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The BabyGoes2 team have come up with their personal, worldwide selection of some of the best beaches to stroll along/relax on/have fun on with your toddler or baby this summer or winter.
You can easily request information on places to stay near the beaches, and you’ll find direct links to properties and hotels we currently have on the site. We’d be happy to discuss any of the beaches recommended with you, and delighted to hear about your favourite beaches, so send in your questions, recommendations and photos to beaches@babygoes2.com



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Sardinia
Liscia Ruja

Liscia Ruja is possibly one of the most perfect beaches in the Med. It's a long, wide cove of silky white sand, which turns pink as it means the incredibly turquoise blue sea. There are groups of pink, smooth Sardinian boulders at either end and the beach is backed by macquis, and it's not unusual to see babywild boar wandering about in the undergrowth. The beach shelves fairly gently and the sea is clean and crystal clear. There are some loungers and parasols for hire in the centre, but at either end it's completely untouched – and we've never seen it crowded. It's just along the coast from the famous Cala di Volpe beach: you take a signposted righthand turn into a bumpy sandy track which goes on for perhaps 3km, and you can park on either side of the track, gaps in the macquis lead to the beach. It's unspoilt and takes an effort to reach – although it's by now means difficult – but it IS worth it.

Capriccioli

Capricioli is a chain of 3 small glorious sandy coves on the coast smerelda. They are linked by a series of sandy tracks, and bordered by outcrops of stunning pink rocks. Perfect for children, they shelve gently and the sea is impossibly turquoise and very, very clear. There are loungers and parasols for hire, although there is natural shade as the beaches are backed by trees and vegetation. The beaches are truly stunning but very popular, so early arrival or late departure is recommended. They are particularly beautiful early or late season. Despite their popularity, there is very little all around, A couple of shops and a restaurant on the hill as you drive down, but they are very unspoilt. Easy to reach, on tarmac roads and huge a shaded car park set just behind the trees. You can stay on a lovely residence minutes from the beaches, just click here for info.

Cala Capra

Another wonderful Sardinia beach on an island of superlative beaches. This is a small, fairly narrow cove of calm, crystal clear water. The sand is golden, and great for sandcastles and the whole beach is backed by huge pine trees which provide excellent shade all day long, whenever you need it. Beyond the trees there are areas of lawn which toddlers love to run around on. There's an excellent and stylish café and restaurant, which also have toilets. Behind the beach is the romantic Capo D'Orso hotel, the Il Mirto Residence and other self catering villas. All of these are almost completely hidden by the lush vegetation which covers the steep hillsides which surround the beach (at the top, you'll find the stunning Capo D'Orso – the bear shaped rock). You can stay at any of these locations (a very special holiday, contact us for more info) in which case you can wander down to the beach (which is rarely crowded and from where you can take trips to the Maddelena islands in a restored sailing boat or modern water taxi) whenever you want, or you can park at the top – but it is quite a climb back up. Again, worth it.

Lanzarote

Playa Blanca

Unlike many of Lanzarote’s beautiful beaches, Playa Blanca is ideal for toddlers as the sea is calm, shallow and clear. It’s protected by a breakwater on either side, and there’s rarely a ripple on its bright blue, crystal clear surface. It’s a beautiful beach: a crescent of soft white sand ideal for strolling, sandcastles and paddling. There are cafes, 2 supermarkets and a couple of restaurants right behind the beach (but no road) and it remains calm and peaceful – very much a resort for those with small children. Loungers and parasols available for hire. It’s easy, clean, beautiful and very relaxing. Great for holidays from December through October.

For more information on Lanzarote click here, for a brochure, click here .





Mallorca

Cala San Vincente

2 delightful coves: dark blue sea, fine golden sand, plenty of beach area. The water is great for splashing around at the edge, although not for wading out as it does get deeper fairly rapidly. One of the coves forms a natural "toddlers" pool which is perfect. Both coves have parasols and loungers for hire, and are bordered by cafes and restaurants. Toilet facilities on Molins beach. The beaches get busy, but never seem to get noisy or crowded. Very popular with toddlers of all nationalities.

For information, accommodation near this beach for a brochure, click here

Puerto Pollensa

A narrow strip of sand leading to very gently shelving, calm, clear water. The lively beach is backed by attractive, shady pines which give excellent natural shade. Plenty of cafes and restaurants right behind the beach.

For information, accommodation in Mallorca click here, for a brochure, click here.

Formentor

One of the most beautiful beaches in the Balearics. Soft white sand, turquoise seas, shady pines. You can get there either by car, by driving to Cap Formentor – easy, shaded parking, or by numerous boat trips from Puerto Pollensa. Tip – early in the morning and late afternoon, the beach is quiet, calm and exquisitely beautiful. As the day progresses, the boat trips arrive and the beach remains beautiful but gets very busy. Go early (or late) if you can. There is a beach bar/restaurant but it’s expensive, so this is a good place to bring a picnic.

For information, accommodation in Mallorca click here, for a brochure, click here

Es Trenc

In the South East – a glorious stretch of white sand backed by dunes and gorgeous, aquamarine sea. There are 2 settlements at either end – good for snacks and a stroll, St Raphael and Ses Covettes, but in the middle, it’s just a beautiful beach. Take your own parasol as there’s little natural shade, and possibly the odd naturist – just so’s you know!

For information, accommodation in Mallorca click here, for a brochure, click here.

Menorca

Binibeca

Menorca has fantastic beaches of all types – wide sweeping bays, tiny rocky inlets and sheltered coves, all with bright blue, clear, clear water. Binibeca is one of the best – a beautiful cove with plenty of space. Golden sand – great for sandcastles and clear, bright blue water which shelves gently and is very warm and almost always calm. It’s not a deserted by any means, but is very clean, relatively unspoilt with café, toilets and loungers/parasols if you want them. Easy to reach and easy parking too. Other great family beaches on Menorca include Cala Macarella (sheltered cove on south-western coast), Cala Mitjana and Cala Trebaluger (can be reached via a boat from Cala Santa Galdana).

For information, accommodation in Menorca, click here, for a brochure

Corsica

South East: Palombaggia

It’s one of the most famous on the Island and rightfully so – it is beautiful – a long cove of white sand, turquoise sea and deep green umbrella pines. Easy parking. Like Formentor in Mallorca, it’s best visited early in the morning or late in the afternoon, as it does get very busy during the day.

For information, accommodation near this beach click here, for a brochure, click here.



SouthWest: CampoMoro

A wide sweep of golden sand and a calm, calm, aquamarine sea, backed by the sleepy town of Campomoro – with shaded terraces and plenty of restaurants and cafes. The water shelves gently, the sand is perfect for castles, and there’s plenty of room - it’s not a narrow beach. It’s perfect for adults and toddlers.

For information, accommodation on Corsica, click here, for a brochure, click here.

West: Menasina beach

Just outside Cargese, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Med. Backed by steep, green hillsides covered in scented maquis, it’s a wide crescent of fine white sand bordered by a clear, clear, turquoise sea. Shelves gently so great for toddlers. There are a few pebbles here and there which provide amusement, and rocks to climb on at either end. It’s unspoilt, although bear in mind there are no loungers or parasols and little natural shade, so you’ll need to bring a picnic and your own parasol. You can park just above it and walk down – take a sling or hippychick as not buggy territory.

For information, accommodation near Menasina, click here, for a brochure, click here



Crete

Falasarna in the North

Quite a drive, but really worth it. You sweep down the hillside with a view of the most amazingly multicoloured water – emerald, turquoise, azure blue. And the sand is pink at the edges – truly beautiful. There are rocks dotted about which provide some shade, but do take a parasol or UV tent for shade. There are some very authentic tavernas up above the beach for snacks and lunch. The sea can be quite cold, but it is extremely lovely.

For information, accommodation on Corsica, click here, for a brochure, click here.

Stavros bay on the Akrotiri peninsula

Not as scenically beautiful as Falasarna, but great fun for little ones. It’s a wide, wide sweep of a bay opposite a huge, barren rock – and there’s no much going on behind it either, bar the road you arrive on. BUT the water is a deep green, and very salty, so it’s incredibly buoyant – both characteristics a great source of fun for little bodies. Loungers available.

For information, accommodation near Stavros, click here, for a brochure, click here

Corfu

Kalami Bay, North East Coast

Pebbles – but they can be more fun for some toddlers than sand sometimes (take sea shoes and walking/paddling isn’t a problem). Non-crawlers in particular will spend many happy hours just throwing pebbles into a bucket. It’s just very beautiful – calm, warm azure sea, gently shelving, backed by hillsides of tall cyprus trees. There are boat trips, and plenty of delightful tavernas for a long, lazy lunch.

For more information, accommodation on Corfu click here, for a brochure, click here

Mirtiotissa, west coast

Quite a drive, and a walk from the car, but a beautiful, big, sandy beach backed by purple/green/silver cliffs. Golden sand, plenty of room, rarely gets crowded. Sea is warm but often has tiny waves which are great fun for toddlers and babies who like to splash. Take provisions and shade.

For more information, accommodation on Corfu click here, for a brochure, click here

Zakynthos

Gerakas Beach

Beautiful sweep of golden sand with calm, shallow, warm waters. Great swimming for toddlers and babies. Very rarely crowded but easy to reach and park.

For more information, accommodation on Zakynthos click here, for a brochure, click here

Portugal

Sagres, far West coast Algarve

Not really one for toddler swimming, but one of the most exhilarating beaches in the Mediterranean. A broad stretch of golden sand backed by cliffs with rocky outcrops at both edges. The sea is magnificent – the Atlantic really thunders in, with brilliant blue and green crashing waves. It’s never crowded, often windy (although it’s easy to find sheltered spots), and is great for running, jumping, writing, playing games on, and splashing in the surf. If you love beaches, this is definitely one not to miss.

For information, accommodation on Portugal click here, for a brochure, click here

Dona Ana: Lagos

The Atlantic coast of the Algarve is home to many beautiful beaches, but the sea can often be quite rough. The coves around Lagos are much calmer however, and very beautiful. You can easily walk from cove to cove through the rocks. The sand is firm and golden, the sea a deep blue and the beaches are backed by the striking sandy, red cliffs that characterise this coastline. The sea shelves relatively quickly, so it’s essential to supervise paddling. You can take boats trips to the nearby grottos with their luminescent water direct from the beach, and there are a few restaurants and cafes dotted around. You can also walk along the cliffs (not recommended for toddlers!) A good activity on a nanny morning if you’ve taken advantage of Simply Travel’s private nanny service.

For information, accommodation on Portugal click here, for a brochure, click here

Tavira and the Islands of Olhao

The beaches to the East of Faro are quite different form those to the West – they’re sheltered lagoons formed by sand islands – perfect for toddlers. Tavira is a delightful, authentic town, and the town beach is easy to reach. Or you can take a boat trip from the port of Olhao (closer to Faro than Tavira, around 30-mins drive) direct to the little offshore islands. It only takes around 30 minutes and kids love it. When you get there, you can choose form any number of deserted, white sand beaches with calm, lagoon-like waters. You have to walk a bit though, and there’s very little natural shade, so you’ll need your parasol or UV tent. The ferries run very regularly though and it’s a great day trip.

For information, accommodation on Portugal click here, or a brochure, click here

Tobago

Englishman’s Bay

One of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches on an island renowned for its stunning scenery. You need to drive down a rough track to reach it but it’s worth it – calm, warm Caribbean sea backed by dense green vegetation and trees. It could even be deserted. Take provisions and shade. You can park – don’t miss the grassy track. Apart from being a really lovely, beach, it’s a bird watchers paradise – so take those binoculars and prepare to be amazed.

For more information, accommodation on Tobago, click here, for a brochure, click here

Seychelles

Anse Lazio, Praslin Island

One of the world’s most lovely beaches. A long stretch of silver sand, backed by dark green trees and fringed by the clear, turquoise, warm water of the Caribbean. Totally unspoilt, totally beautiful. All the beaches on La Digue are highly recommended too – it’s worth a trip to Anse Source D’Argent for example, the location for the Bounty ads and countless fashion shoots.

For more information, accommodation details on the Seychelles click here. For a brochure, click here

Anguilla

Shoal Bay West – another beautiful, unspoilt, idyllic Caribbean beach. A wide sweep of a bay, silver sand, turquoise sea, gently shelving. Some loungers and shade in front of hotels, otherwise quite deserted.

For more information, accommodation details, click here, for a brochure, click here

Turks and Caicos Providenciales

Grace Bay

Another Caribbean gem. Wide, sweeping bay with white sand and beautiful, incredibly warm and clear sea. Excellent for snorkelling or diving, if that’s your thing, and great for toddlers to splash about in. Easy to reach and park there, you can get accommodation right on the beach. If you walk out of your door straight on the beach in the morning, you’ll probably be the only people on this beautiful beach. Bliss.

For more information, accommodation details, click here, for a brochure, click here.





USA

Bahia Honda – Florida Keys

Water everywhere of course, but the keys aren’t great for beaches, surprisingly. Bahia Honda is the exception however. It’s a national park, and once you’re on the key you can drive in, pay your entrance and park. There are a couple of lovely coves, miles of beach which are largely deserted. Often quite narrow beaches of firm, golden sand backed by cacti, trees, and tropical vegetation. The sea itself is bright light blue and unbelievably warm and lagoon-like. You can walk for miles with the water just up to your knees – a toddlers paradise. Very beautiful.

For more information, accommodation details on USA click here, for a brochure, click here.

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton head is a sea island off the South Carolina Coast, around 2 hrs each from Savannah and Charleston. The beaches are long, wide and gently shelving with white sand and warm, warm water. They are completely unspoilt, backed only by gentle dunes and sea grass. Dolphins are east to spot swimming just off shore – we saw a school of dolphins playing just yards away from the beach as the sun set – a fantastic memory for parents and children alike. The island is wooded and deer roam freely around the shady lanes that lead to the beach. The beach is so wide that cycling (easy to hire) is popular. Loungers, parasols etc readily available. Great for all ages.

For more information, and accommodation close to this beach click here, for a brochure, click here

UK
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Cornwall: Porthcurno

Just below the Minack theatre, hewn from the cliff face is Porthcurno beach. You can drive to it and park 100m or so from the beach, which is glorious. A wide cove of firm golden sand backed by magnificent cliffs. There are plenty of large rocks dotted about, with rock pools. The Atlantic rolls in – sometimes calm, sometimes thunderously rough but always magnificent. It’s a really beautiful beach – plenty of room for games, walking, paddling (supervised) climbing, messing about in rock pools, building sandcastles, and just relaxing.

For more information and accommodation details, go to UK hotels and self-catering properties, for a brochure, click here

Cornwall: Watergate Bay

About a mile from Newquay, this Cornish beach - which boasts what seems like miles (it’s actually two-miles long) of golden sands – has something for everyone. For toddlers there are rock pools and caves to explore and excellent opportunities to splash around (especially at low tide). While the tiddlers fish in rock pools, adrenaline junkies can try their hand at some of the x-treme sports (while the children look on) which also take place on the beach – including kite surfing – the latest craze from Hawaii. Not much shade so worth taking UV tent, parasol for babies. Two car parks, means access is easy, along with two sets of toilets and café and restaurant open in high season. Close to beautiful Padstow (home to Rick Stein) with its excellent restaurants and cafes.

For more information and accommodation details, please go to UK hotels and self-catering properties,for a brochure, click here

Cornwall: Portminster Beach, St Ives

The Cornish town of St Ives has so much to recommend it – from the Tate Gallery and its superb art collection (as well as the panoramic views from its café), Barbara Hepworth’s beautiful sculpture garden, as well as its great beaches. Porthminster is great for families: the long expanse of golden sand is the perfect setting for play, play, playing, while the sea is generally calm and, best of all, when the tide is out, you can all toddle off for what seems like miles, into the deep blue yonder. Good facilities including shops selling beach toys and toilets.There's also an excellent cafe/restaurant overlooking the beach called the Porthminster Beach Cafe, which does everything from seafood laksa to baby food (lunch £8, dinner £25).

For more information and accommodation details, go to UK hotels and self-catering properties, for a brochure, click here

Cornwall: St Mawes

A number of establishments, including the chic Hotel Tresanton, overlook this beautiful beach which means it’s possible to nip down for a quick paddle and splash, before retreating back to the comforts of your hotel. There’s lots of boat trips to take, sailing boats to watch and rock pools to fish in.

For more information and accommodation details, go to UK hotels and self-catering properties, for a brochure, click here

Devon: Blackpool Sands

It’s hard to believe you’re not on the French Riviera as you approach this fabulous beach, via the twists and turns of the coast road: gnarled pine trees stand bright green against an azure sky – golden sand and emerald sea shimmering in the distance. It’s a privately maintained beach – you pay around £5 on entry. Plenty of parking, spotlessly clean, plenty of cafes, shops etc behind it. The beach itself is a wide cove of coarse golden sand, lapped by a calm, emerald and blue sea, and backed by steep, densely wooded cliffs. It’s lovely!

For more information and accommodation details, go to UK hotels and self-catering properties, for a brochure, click here

Devon: Westward Ho!

A combination of sand and pebbles, this North Devon beach (as described in Charles Kingsley’s novel of the same name) is a favourite with locals for walking, playing on, safe swimming, or simply watching the surfers and watersporters. Facilities are good with toilets, cafes and parking. If the little ones tire of the beach attractions, there’s also amusement arcades. Its location means it’s also close to some other great Devon attractions, including the stunning cobbled, cliff-side town of Clovelly (no good for buggies, so take a back pack), and The Big Sheep – a sheep-themed attraction, boasting everything from sheep racing (red ram, aldanitti, et al) to sheep milking and sheep dogs herding ducks. Shear heaven!

For more information and accommodation details, go to UK hotels and self-catering properties, for a brochure, click here

Dorset: Branksome Chine, Poole

This picturesque, sandy beach (you can reach it via some woodland from the car park) has been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness and is ideal for all ages. For active sorts, it’s a great location for windsurfing; for children, the water is generally on the warm side and toddlers can splash around in the shallows. The facilities are great: clean toilets and plenty of cafes and restaurants. The car park does get extremely busy though, so try and get there early.

For more information and accommodation details, go to UK hotels and self-catering properties, for a brochure, click here

East Sussex: Brighton Beach

All things Brighton and beautiful as far as we’re concerned! BabyGoes2 has its roots in Brighton so we’re obviously biased! Nevertheless, we challenge you to be disappointed by a trip to Brighton (rocks). There’s something for all ages: from the tack of Brighton pier (toddlers LOVE it, especially the racing dolphins!), to the artist’s beach huts, to the carousel, great coffee (just by the metal sculpture, close to the West Pier), fish and chips, the fishing museum and a brilliant new children’s playground (once you’ve entered, you’ll have to think of a good excuse to leave), with a variety of attractions from boats, to castles to a huge paddling pool with fountain. Plus toilets, café. It’s a bit of a zoo on hot summer weekends, so opt for week days high season if you can.

For more information and accommodation details, go to UK hotels and self-catering properties, for a brochure, click here



West Wittering

One of the few blue flag beaches on the Sussex Coast, not far from Chichester (if you feel like stopping off for a meal or wander round before or after). A long, long part pebble part sandy beach with very gently (very clean)shelving water – perfect for sandcastles and paddling. Easy parking (although the car parks do get full) with an entrance fee, plenty of facilities behind the beach – snacks, toilets etc. Plenty of ubs nearby too, with child-friendly gardens and food.

For more information and accommodation details, go to UK hotels and self-catering properties, for a brochure, click here

Debi Green

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