Why You'll Love It: Located on a peninsula across the bridge from San Diego, this beach is quiet and uncrowded, yet close to kid-friendly attractions like Sea World, Old Town and the San Diego Zoo. You can choose from ocean (the rolling waves are great for boogie boarding) or bay (gentler surf for toddlers and preschoolers). On breezy days, watch kite boarders show off their moves.
Where to Stay: Right across from Silver Strand Beach, Loews Coronado Bay Resort offers free ranger-led hikes through the tide pools and optional shoreline clean ups afterwards for eco-conscious families looking for hands-on projects. Off the beach, the resort has an amazing array of activities to enjoy together -- like biking, poolside movies, pizza-making workshops and marshmallow roasts -- plus awesome kids' clubs when you and the hubs need your own time out.