Coastal Sanctuaries: 3 Destinations for an Old School Family Beach Vacation

So many beach destinations are teeming with attractions, theaters, theme parks, and bright lights, families have so many options of things to do, they never even have to put one toe in the sand.

However, for some families, less is more.

There are a few quaint coastal towns that offer a much different beach vacation experience for families seeking a true old school beach vacation experience for days spent with sand buckets by the shoreline and evenings trying out a locally owned restaurant or cooking a meal in their suite. These coastal sanctuaries have streets lined with more locally owned restaurants than chains and the list of attractions can be counted on one hand.

Cape Cod, Hilton Head, and the Outer Banks are three destinations for travelers seeking an old school family vacation.

Beach Destination | Cape Cod, MA

What families love: Taste-testing lobster rolls at the locally owned restaurants, whale watching, and experience the rich history of the area including the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory

GO Next: Cape Cod Travel Guide

Beach Destination | Hilton Head, SC

What families love: Bicycling everywhere with the 50+ miles of bike paths, singing the Bubblegum Song with Greg Russell in Harbour Town, and eating on the deck at the Salty Dog Cafe

GO Next: Hilton Head Travel Guide

Beach Destination | Outer Banks, NC

What families love: Spending days playing on the secluded beaches, enjoying homemade donuts for breakfast at the locally-owned Duck Donuts, and exploring the lighthouses in the area

GO Next: Outer Banks Travel Guide