Beach vacation with toddler & 1 year old?

posted 2 months ago in Family
Post # 2
901 posts
Busy bee

1 and 2.5 are rough ages to fly with, and with both kids in that range I’d be prepared for a few meltdowns. That said, it can be done. There are ways to keep them occupied that don’t involve screens but those don’t always work. A red eye may be a good bet if the kids are good sleepers. 


Post # 3
9635 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

my kids are 20 months apart.  they are now 3 and 5.  we have a beach place and have been going to the beach since my oldest was 6 weeks old.

we are also travelers.  my son’s first flight was at 6 months old, my daughter’s first flight was at 2 months old. 

covid has stopped us from plane travel but it hasn’t stopped us from road tripping to our beach condo.

babies is the easiest time to travel.  strap them on, they sleep anywhere.  toddlers can be a little more challenging depending how your toddler is with naps.  are you a strict napper or will your toddler sleep in the stroller or wherever. we’ve always been very flexible in our schedule, so changes from travel don’t effect my kids so much.

that being said, i would absolutely go.


just know, you cannot have 2 lap children in the same set of seats.  there need to be enough oxygen masks for each person. we learned the hard way and to move a seat away from each other.  now mine need their own seats anyway. and we bring the carseats on the plane.



Post # 4
9562 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m always super biased towards HI having been born & raised there, but my vote here is for FL. HI’s a long haul from the East Coast and, depending on the kinds of kids you have, the time change could be hard. We traveled just one time zone over when LO was 2 and it threw him off so much. It took several days for him to somewhat get used to the time difference, and by then we were mostly through the trip lol. Then we had to deal with it all over again when we got home. But he’s always been a stickler for routines, and your kids may be more flexible. 

Post # 5
10039 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think the beach is a perfect vacation with little ones. I usually splurge for an ocean front room too so we can sit on the balcony once they go to bed and enjoy the view.

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