Family-friendly Blue Flag beaches to visit include Bundoran Beach in Donegal, Ballybunion and Banna Beaches in Kerry, Courtown in Wexford, Tramore in Waterford and Youghal Beach in Cork.
All of these areas also have family-friendly facilities, restaurants and accommodation.
Find out more about these great locations in our Family section
To appreciate the shape of our coastline, you can go on dramatic cliff-top walks, like the one around Howth Head, or drive scenic routes like the South East Coastal Drive.
Some parts of the coast are best seen from the sea: try guided kayak tours and small boat trips.
And a visit to one of our many off-shore islands will give you another perspective again. Our coastline is also great for the adventurous.
Whether you’re a sailor or a surfer, a diver or a snorkeller, Ireland has some of the best locations for learning and for testing your skills. See the Activities and Adventure section of this website for more ideas.