10 Beach Destinations Perfect for a Mother-daughter Vacation

Visit one of these stunning beach destinations for your next mother-daughter getaway.

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Looking to spend more quality time with your mom (or daughter) while making lifelong memories? If the answer’s yes, consider embarking on an epic mother-daughter beach getaway for some much-needed bonding. Whether you choose to stay close to home in the US or hop on a long-haul flight, options abound. From the blue waters of the Caribbean to the towering dunes out in the Hamptons, here are 10 of our favorite mother-daughter beach vacation ideas to inspire your future travels. 

Palm Beach, Florida 

The Port of Palm Beach, Florida

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With its pristine beaches, chic boutiques, and a seemingly endless amount of haute eateries, swanky Palm Beach is sure to please even the fussiest of mother-daughter duos. This iconic South Florida locale has attracted well-heeled travelers for decades with its picturesque beaches and seen-and-be-seen atmosphere. What’s more, some of the best spots are just steps from Worth Avenue, where shopping and dining options abound. Conversely, true beach bums will appreciate a stay at the uber-luxe Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, which boasts its own private stretch of sand. 

Nassau, Bahamas

Coral reef at crystal waters at Nassau, Bahamas

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For a fun-filled beach vacation, head straight to The Bahamas. A quick three-hour flight from New York (and just an hour from Miami), the Bahamian capital of Nassau is best known for its postcard-worthy turquoise waters and soft, sandy shoreline. Should the two of you need a break from the sun, spend some time wandering through downtown Nassau, which is chock-full of colorful architecture — plus plenty of shops, murals, and historic monuments. 

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

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Carmel-by-the-Sea is easily among America’s most charming beach towns. Aside from the fairy-tale downtown area that’s dotted with quaint shops, eateries, and galleries, Carmel-by-the-Sea is home to some of the most scenic beaches in California, including the uber-popular Carmel Beach. Be sure to stroll (and snap selfies!) along the aptly named Scenic Pathway. Other nearby beaches include Carmel River State Beach (a mile-long protected stretch of sand) and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve (where visitors can hike, kayak, and catch a glimpse of China Cove, which boasts beautiful emerald-green waters). 

The Hamptons, New York 

Lifeguard chair on beach, Montauk, East Hampton, New York

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Situated along Long Island’s East End, The Hamptons is easily accessible via car or train. As such, it’s an ideal weekend escape from New York City — complete with a side of shopping, gourmet dining, and ample celeb-spotting opportunities. With over a dozen different beaches to choose from, the two of you are sure to find your own slice of seaside paradise. Main Beach in East Hampton is one of the more popular spots, as is Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, with its tall dunes. Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett attracts locals and visitors alike with its golden-sand shoreline, while Kirk Park Beach in Montauk is more secluded. 

Crete, Greece

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It’s no secret that Greece is famous for its idyllic beaches and otherworldly blue waters. On Greece’s largest isle, Crete, pristine stretches of sand abound. We especially love Elafonissi Beach for its pink-hued coastline and clear waters. Balos, with its tranquil waters and soft white sand, is another noteworthy pick. Reserve a room at Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas and thank us later: This sprawling wellness-centric resort has its own private beach area where you and mom can soak up the sun in style. 

Newport, Rhode Island 

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This coastal New England city is home to Gilded Age mansions, a vibrant downtown area, and, of course, pristine beaches. Even better? Many of Newport’s best stretches of sand are within easy walking distance of downtown, which means you’re never too far from all the fun and fantastic food that await. The scenic Easton’s Beach — ideally located at the beginning of the famous Cliff Walk — spans three-quarters of a mile. Alternatively, those craving a quieter atmosphere should check out Gooseberry Beach along the 10-mile-long Ocean Drive. 

Cancun, Mexico 

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Visitors from all over the world flock to Mexico for its stunning beaches. In fact, you’ll find countless sandy stretches along Mexico’s massive 5,800-mile coastline. However, Cancun is home to some of the country’s best, including Playa Delfines and Playa Mujeres. Both boast (somewhat) secluded, laid-back ambiance, plus turquoise waters, stunning views, and sugar-sand shorelines. Make Playa Mujeres your home base and choose from a handful of adults-only all-inclusive resorts like Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort, Atelier Playa Mujeres, and Excellence Playa Mujeres.

Hanalei Bay, Hawaii 

Hanalei Bay, beach in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii

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Although Hawaii is best known as a popular honeymoon destination, it’s also a great place for mothers and daughters to unwind while surrounded by natural beauty. With this in mind, expect an abundance of beautiful beaches — especially on Kauai’s North Shore. Here, you’ll find the crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay, which offers around two miles of sand framed by lush, green-covered mountains. The brand-new 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay provides direct beach access, luxe accommodations, and so much more. 

Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos  

Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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Turks & Caicos is home to some of the Caribbean’s finest stretches of sand, including the world-famous, 13-mile-long Grace Bay Beach. The powdery-soft sand is perfect for lounging out in the sun, while the striking blue waters are excellent for a refreshing dip. As you enjoy a scenic stroll along the shore, be sure to pop into some of the oceanfront bars and restaurants. It’s also worth noting that Grace Bay Beach is lined with several splurge-worthy stays such as The Palms Turks and Caicos, The Oasis at Grace Bay, Grace Bay Club, and Seven Stars Resort and Spa.

Jekyll Island, Georgia 

Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

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Georgia’s Jekyll Island — conveniently located between Savannah and Jacksonville — spans 5,500 acres, including 10 miles of shoreline. The laid-back locale is best suited for mothers and daughters seeking seclusion and solitude (fun fact: there are no traffic signals here), as nature is the main attraction. A trip to Driftwood Beach (famous for its washed-up driftwood trees that serve as an eerie yet peaceful backdrop) is a must, while St. Andrews Beach is best for beachcombing and wildlife spotting.

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