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Virginia Beach makes top 10 list of best US beaches for families

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Virginia Beach made the list of the 10 best beaches for families for 2015, released by Family Vacation Critic on Wednesday.

“When choosing the top family-friendly beaches, we consider a number of factors — it’s not just beautiful sands and picturesque views,” said Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic, a TripAdvisor site. The editors of the site pick the beaches on the list.

“Beyond clean, safe beaches, we’re looking for beaches that offer a well-rounded experience for families — accommodations, dining and entertainment within close distance of the beach, and plenty to keep the whole family entertained while in town,” Poirot said in a statement.

Check out the 10 best U.S. beaches, listed here in alphabetical order by beach name.

  • Cape May Beach — Cape May, New Jersey
  • Carlsbad State Beach — Carlsbad, California
  • Crescent Beach — Block Island, Rhode Island
  • Fort De Soto Park — St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Kings Beach — Lake Tahoe, California
  • Lincoln City Beach — Lincoln City, Oregon
  • Manatee County Beach — Holmes Beach, Florida
  • Ogunquit Beach — Ogunquit, Maine
  • Rehoboth Beach — Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
  • Virginia Beach — Virginia Beach, Virginia

The best family beaches have more than a sandy spot to sunbathe or clean water for swimming — and all offer more to explore close to the beach.