There is nothing more satisfying or stressful than planning a family reunion. It may be great to finally meet your second-cousin-once-removed that you have only ever seen on social media posts, but it can also be so hard to know everyone’s interests and hobbies. A beach vacation just may meet all of your family’s needs and wants for their reunion. Here are three beaches along the Gulf Coast to consider.
Galveston has more than a little bit of fun for everyone. From miles of sandy beaches to exciting nightlife and bars, every person of any age in your family can find something to do, to visit, to tour, or to eat. Historic downtown Galveston has a slew of delicious restaurants, many family friendly, to try. The location, less than two hours from Houston, is a central travel location for many people around the country. To cut back on transportation costs for the whole family, consider chartering a bus to airports in Houston when your amazing trip is over.
Along the central coastline of the Gulf of Mexico lies a hidden gem known as the “Secret Coast.” Gulfport is the second largest city in Mississippi, but it has a quiet small town feeling. Gulfport may be the perfect spot for your family if you all love the great outdoors. You can visit Gulf Islands National Seashore (a national park) for a variety of outdoor activities, including kayaking, dolphin watching, kite surfing, and hiking. If you happen to be hosting your family reunion near the holiday season, you can catch the famous Harbor Lights tour too.
For fans of city life, look no further than Clearwater along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Tall hotels and resplendent restaurants dot a white sand beach for a glorious three miles. Your family can visit two state parks that are actually islands for sun and water activities too. If you can’t beat the heat, then take everyone to the aquarium for a visit.
A beach vacation is just the thing for active families with a variety of interests. Book a vacation rental in any of these three cities, and everyone is certain to have a great trip at any time of year.