Laguna Beach Voted Best Beach Town on the West Coast


Laguna Beach, California, licensed photo from jonbilous @ Adobe

PARENTS Magazine announced the top 20 U.S. getaways for families in this year's Family Travel Awards and Laguna Beach scored a top position as Best Beach Town on the West Coast.

Selected by a panel of judges including editors and experts in the field, the 2021 winners offer safe, affordable, and fun outdoor experiences for all ages. Providing trip-planning inspiration for when the time is right, PARENTS' Family Travel Awards 2021 is available on and in the June issue of PARENTS magazine, available now.

"With many families starting to think about and plan their first trips in quite some time, we know that health and well-being is top-of-mind," said PARENTS Editor in Chief Julia Edelstein. "This year's list features destinations that bring families close to nature, offer lots of adventure, and above all else, provide a safe environment for the entire family."

After nominating more than 150 places within the U.S. that offer a variety of outdoor activities, space to socially distance, and enhanced safety protocols for COVID-19, PARENTS editors and family travel experts voted on the nominations to determine the 20 winners, placing a priority on safety, value, and kid-friendly attractions in their selection criteria.

The full list of PARENTS' Family Travel Awards 2021 is shown below by category and on


Best Beach Town on the East Coast: Cape May, New Jersey
Best Beach Town on the Gulf Coast: Seaside, Florida
Best Beach Town on a Lake: Grand Haven, Michigan
Best Beach Town on the West Coast: Laguna Beach, California
Best Island: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


Best Adventure: White Sands National Park, New Mexico
Best for Family Hikes: Redwood National and State Parks, California

Best for Science in Action: Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming
Best for Spying Animals: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Best for Water Fun: Olympic National Park, Washington

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