We’re fully into Spring in the Augusta area.  Soon, the kids will be out of school for Summer.  And nothing makes for a great Summer like a beach trip.  Thankfully, we have quite a few great options when it comes to the best beach vacations that aren’t too far away.

In fact, U.S. News – Travel has a list of the best family beach vacations in the U.S.  The list has 16 destinations.  In the top 10, 5 of those best beach spots are within a 6-hour drive from the Augusta area!

When looking for the best spots for families to enjoy a beach vacation, U.S. News Travel looked at factors such as safe waters, kid-friendly attractions, dining options, spacious accommodations, and appeal to all ages.

Let’s check out the 5 best beach vacation spots for families that are conveniently 5 hours or less drive away from the Augusta area! These all made the top 10 list from U.S. News – Travel.

Best Beach Vacation Spots

  • 9. St. Augustine, Florida - Around 5 Hours Away

    St. Augustine, Florida came in at number 9 on U.S. News – Travel’s list.  Depending on which route you take, the drive is either right under 5 hours, or just slightly over.  Out of the spots within 5 hours from Augusta, this is the furthest.

    St. Augustine is a historical city with so many things to keep the family entertained.  There are many exhibits like the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. Exotic animals are on display at the St. Augustine Wild Reserve.  And of course, there’s plenty of beach to enjoy!

  • 8. Jekyll Island, Georgia - 3.5 Hours Away

    Jekyll Island, Georgia was at number 8 on the list.  Jeyll has 7 beaches to enjoy.  There are tours and educational programs at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

    This is a great spot to simply unplug and unwind.  It’s also not a really far drive for Savannah if you’re looking for additional dining and shopping, plus some history too.


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  • 6. Hilton Head, South Carolina - Around 3 Hours Away

    Hilton Head Island is a shorter drive, but still a great beach vacation for families. Slow down and relax with beautiful beaches.  There’s also golf courses, tennis courts, hiking and biking too. And take a walk or bike ride thorugh Harbour Town.

  • 5. Amelia Island, Florida - Around 4.5 Hours Away

    Amelia Island, Florida is a 13 mile island off the northeast coast of the state. It was ranked #5 on U.S. News – Travel’s list. It has a great beach area, but also a great greenway and more than 300 acres of protected area to check out the local wildlife.  You can even enjoy more wildlife by checking out the river cruises.  There’s also some great history and a beautiful downtown area to explore, shop, and dine.


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  • 1. Kiawah Island, South Carolina - Around 3.5 Hours Away

    Another South Carolina beach made the list… and actually ranked the #1 best family beach vacations spot!  Kiawah Island is less than 30 miles southwest of Charleston.  There are 10 miles of shoreline, but also has rugged nature to check out as well.  You can enjoy the beach, biking, kayaking, and more!


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