Family holidays often involve the beach, and a good deal of time and fun can be had on a good clean one, and if there's a lifeguard in attendance it gives extra security and a more relaxing time for the parents.
But how do you judge a beach before you book a vacation?
With hotels there's the traditional star system, and now there are review sites such as tripadvisor where guests post their comments independently for all to see.
An easy way to find out if there's a good beach where you're planning your trip is to find out if there's a blue flag beach, so you can book your accommodation accordingly.
Blueflag.org is the place to research. It's an independent organisation concerned about the environment that awards beaches a blue flag if they meet their requirements.
Operating in much of Europe, Canada, New Zealand and the Caribbean it analyses safety and water quality plus other criteria - to visit their site click here
To read more about it there's a posting at this Tenerife blog