5 Secret Beaches for Families

A beach vacation is a certain win for the whole family. And to be sure, the sun, sand, surf and sight-seeing are all a lot more enjoyable when you and your family members feel like you have it all to yourselves. With this in mind, some families prefer to seek out less-traveled beach towns when summer rolls around. Here are five of our favorites.

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Humpback whale breaching
Humpback whale breaching

Humpback whale breaching

Humpback whales are true acrobatic animals. Here's a little breaching action: A humpback whale leaps out of the water. 960 1280

Kristin Rayfield with Rudee Tours  

The humpback whale is a baleen whale, with extra long pectoral fins. Here's a close-up of its knobby head. 960 1280

Mark Jennings, Virginia Aquarium Education Dept.  

A humpback whale raises its tail flukes out of the water. The result: a tail-slapping good show. 960 1280

Kristin Rayfield with Rudee Tours  

Thar she blows! Humpback whale at VA Beach

Thar she blows! Humpback whale at VA Beach

Thar she blows! This humpback whale is just a few yards from a boat. 960 1280

Kristin Rayfield with Rudee Tours  

Humpback whales find plentiful bait in Virginia Beach waters

Humpback whales find plentiful bait in Virginia Beach waters

Gulp! A warmer-than-usual winter -- plus, more plentiful bait like sandlance -- may explain the larger numbers of humpback whales this year. 960 1280

Kristin Rayfield with Rudee Tours  

humpback whale fluked tail

humpback whale fluked tail

The humpback whale has a fluked tail. Check out the wavy trailing edges. 960 1280

Kristin Rayfield with Rudee Tours  

humpback whale pod

humpback whale pod

The humpback whales have typically been spotted in pods of 2. 960 1280

Chris Erney  

humpback whale blowholes

humpback whale blowholes

The humpback has 2 nostrils -- blow and dorsal fin -- at the top of its head. They use these to breathe air at the surface of the water. A double stream of spray is the visual result. 960 1280

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dolphins at Virginia Beach

dolphins at Virginia Beach

And if you miss the whales, head back in the summer: These guys will be waiting. 960 1280

  

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