Fun in the sun.
Fun in the sun.

Summer Sun Family Holidays

Grabbing some sun in the British summertime is much easier than chasing winter rays – you might even be lucky and enjoy some in the UK itself! But the world is your oyster when it comes to summer sun – stay as close to home as France or fly right to the other side of the world. 

In a growing market with a lot of providers increasingly attuned to families’ needs, the choice ranges from luxury resorts and hotels with kids’ clubs, watersports and other amenities, to simple coastal campsites, making summer sun a possibility for family holidays on all budgets. 

See summer sun options in the UK, Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, Asia, and Australia and the Pacific. Discover also our great deals and latest offers with summer sun holiday providers:
Ocean Elements: active family beachclub holidays in Greece. 
Sardatur: Italian holiday specialist with child-friendly properties.
James Villas: Hand-picked family-friendly villas in Europe, North Africa, the USA and the Caribbean. 
Simpson Travel: child-friendly villas in Corsica, Greece, Mallorca, France, Italy and Turkey.
First Choice: Popular all-inclusives in Europe and further afield.
Club Med: French-founded all-inclusive resorts all around the world, with childcare and heaps of free activities.
Neilson: Active beach and sailing holidays in the Med. 
Mark Warner: Sociable family holidays in the Med, with watersports and other activities, plus highly regarded childcare.
Eurocamp: Great-value campsites and holiday villages around Europe.
Ikos Resorts: Luxury family resorts in Halkidiki and Corfu.
Jet2holidays: Family package holidays, often with free child places. 


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• With younger children, choose gentle sun over intense heat – and hence destinations not very far from home. In fact, it's great with any age of kids not to have to travel very far – whether flying or taking the ferry/car or train, summer sun is accessible without your having to subject your kids to long flights and the risk of jet-lag.

• Remember that sunburn in childhood can double the chances of skin cancer in adult life. Keep babies less than 6 months old out of direct sunlight. From 6 months, liberally apply a SPF15+ sunscreen every 2 hours when outdoors, even if it’s cloudy (a ‘broad-spectrum’ brand with a 4/5-star rating, formulated for babies’ and children’s skin). Use waterproof formulations in or around water, but reapply it after they’ve towelled.

• Invest in UV-protection garments and perhaps also a portable UV-protection pop-up tent for shade, outdoor feeding and changing.

• Take particular care between 11am and 3pm anywhere the sun is shining, even if it doesn't seem strong.

• Wear cool cotton clothing and hats (with wide brims, plus under-chin straps if necessary). When in the sun for prolonged periods, ensure kids wear long-sleeved top and trousers, and apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, backs of hands, and feet.

• Be wary of reflective surfaces, which can bounce back up to 85% of the sun’s damaging rays – not just water, but also sand, snow and even concrete. Buy your children good-quality wraparound sunglasses as soon as they can wear them.

• Ensure a constant supply of fluids – take an insulated cool bag to the beach, filled with mini juice cartons and bottles of water (if you're self-catering, put them in the freezer before going out).

See also our features on the best sun products for mumsdads and kids.

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