Winter sun family beaches

COLLEEN SIMPSON
Last updated 05:00 09/06/2013
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PACKED BRIGHTON: The beach is packed during the hottest day of the year in the UK.

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SAND CASTLES: Kids are easy to please when it comes to beach getaways.

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Beach holidays are just the thing for families who have plenty of people to please. Whether it is rock pool fossicking, sandcastle building or learning to surf, kids of any age can find something to do under the sun on a stretch of sand, and if the kids are happy, then the parents probably are too, right?

Khlong Dao, Thailand

It's not difficult to see why this stretch is a favourite with families - they come for the safe, shallow swimming waters and the 3km of golden sands.

If the kids are done with frolicking in the water there is plenty of other things to do. At certain time of the year it is possible to walk around the headland to Phra Ae (another beach), though if they are too hot and bothered for a wander, then there are plenty of games on the beach as well as restaurants nearby.

Oh, and let's not forget the stunning scenery which will keep young and old shutterbugs entertained for hours

Brighton, United Kingdom

Not necessarily the place to go if you want guaranteed sunshine but definitely the place for the quintessential British seaside experience.

The Brighton Pier provides a great backdrop to the pebbled beach and has the added bonus of being free to enter if the weather turns south.

The kids will love you for the chance to play old-fashioned games in the Victorian arcade before tucking into fish and chips or an iced lolly.

South Walton, Florida

There are more than a dozen beaches within easy reach of South Walton and visitors are challenged to visit as many as possible to find their favourite.

The variety makes South Walton a perfect destination for families as there's a place for everyone, whether it is the nostalgia of Miramar Beach or the palm trees and lawns of Alys Beach.

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia

If fun under the sun a bit closer to home is what your family is after, then it is hard to go past the Gold Coast.

Surfers Paradise is one of Australia's best known destinations, drawing in droves of tourists who want to plant themselves on its sands and relax.

If sunbathing is not on your to-do list, beach volleyball and surfing are big there too. Those with an irrepressible desire to shop will be relieved to know markets operate several nights a week.

A big bonus for families is the prevalence of lifeguards, it is always clear when and when not to hit the water, the proximity to restaurants, cafes and somewhere to buy an ice-cream.

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