Bucket and Spade days
For a traditional family day out at the beach head for Spittal, Bamburgh, Low Newton or Alnmouth, there are toilets nearby and somewhere to buy food and drink. If you are after something more remote, try Cheswick Black Rocks or Cocklawburn in the north or Warkworth beach in the south.
Wet and wild
If watersports are your thing, head for Beadnell Bay, though it can get a little crowded sometimes. Other good kite and wind surfing spots include Budle Bay, Embleton Bay and Druridge Bay. If you have brought your boat on holiday, you can launch it at Beadnell.
Your own space…
You can find peace and tranquillity virtually anywhere on the Northumberland Coast, even in the height of summer. To really get away from it all, head for Goswick, Ross Sands (be prepared for a walk), Budle Point (between Bamburgh and Budle Bay) or Buston Links to the south of Alnmouth (beware: the track to the car park is very rough).