Our mouths drop open in awe as we watch the wild Chincoteague ponies of Assateague Island canter along the beach, leaving hoof prints in the sand. We respectfully keep our distance as they snort and gallop, flinging ocean spray from their tails. For me, family beach vacations conjure sunny visions of sandcastles, boardwalks, and kids happily splashing in the surf, and yes, wild ponies. It’s no wonder they’re the getaways we remember most fondly.
The East Coast is loaded with beaches and hotels primed to help families make the most of their getaways. From the bustling boardwalks and beaches of Ocean City, Maryland, to the quiet sandy stretches and gentle waters of Montauk’s Gin Beach, these East Coast beaches and hotels have something special for everyone.