My two favourite holiday destinations are Naples on the Gulf Coast of Florida, USA, and Altura in the Algarve, Portugal. Both places have wonderful huge clean sandy beaches, friendly locals and lots of great places to dine out.
Altura especially is a lovely, peaceful and friendly place and we try to go there as often as possible - being 60-something retirees it's one of the things we've worked hard all our lives to achieve.
Our son Peter lives in Thailand these days, and we don't see him very often as a result. But in October last year he came with us to Altura for our first family holiday together in almost 25 years, and we all had a wonderful time. You can read Peter's blog post about it here.
The weather was fantastic even though it was October, and we were able to sunbathe and go for walks along the enormously long beach every day. I recommend anyone who likes relaxing peaceful family beach holidays to come to Altura, it is the perfect place.
Here is my Picasa Web Album of some of the photos that Peter took while we were there together last year: