Best Beach Resorts for Families – Looking for the perfect family beach vacation? Beach vacations with the family are the best. Visiting a seaside destination means building sand castles, collecting shells, and swimming in the ocean. And staying at a resort with first-class service, ample amenities, and on-site restaurants makes everything a whole lot easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Parents and kids will find tons to do together, but guests can also peel off for some age-appropriate fun thanks to kids clubs and adults-only spots. Read our list of the best family beach resorts reveals where you can get awesome ocean views, nonstop family activities, and comfortable rooms, and at a price that won’t break the family budget.
Montage Kapalua Bay
While parents are lounging poolside or at Spa Montage, kids can spend the day at Paintbox children’s program, specifically designed for those ages 5 to 12. Half-day and full-day sessions are available, where your little one might explore tide pools, make instruments, observe sea turtles, and more. Kids can also compete for “Montage Merit” badges by completing Hawaii-focused activities.
The entire family will enjoy Hawaiian cultural offerings—such as lei-making, “Talk Story sessions, and ukulele lessons—led by the Montage Kapalua Bay’s onsite Cultural Ambassador. When it’s time to eat, families can dine at a variety of onsite restaurants, including the signature Cane & Canoe. They may also choose to cook in their full-sized kitchen or travel just 10 miles to the historic town of Lahaina. Visit the Montage Kapalua Bay Resort Here.
South Seas Island Resort, Capitiva Island Florida
Practically all beach resorts in the Sunshine State offer summertime specials, and this charming one located at the edge of the Gulf Coast is no exception. The South Seas Island Resort offers an impressive array of accommodations from the amazing tennis courts to nature activities, and family outings to luxury rentals a stone’s throw from the beach.
Speaking of the water, the waves at the beach are mild, the white sand is teeming with shells, and chances are good that you’ll see dolphins and manatees offshore at least once during your trip. In fact, this 330-acre resort, more than half of which is preserved, is a nature lover’s paradise.
Kids have their own pirate adventure when they use the Scout About Treasure Map to explore the island or sign up for the Sanibel Sea School where little ones can make fun ocean discoveries. Visit the South Seas Island Resort here.
Club Med, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Club Med Punta Canta offers a diverse and vast array of vacation packages that are flexible enough for families of every size. They offer plenty of perks like their babysitting service including the Pajama Club for little kids all the way up to teen-centered activities designed to give your oldest kids a vacay experience at their own pace.
While the kids are having the time of their lives, you can enjoy the coconut tree-lined beach, sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and fitness classes. Club rooms (the least expensive type) are comfortable, and families with infants automatically receive a changing table, baby bathtub, and bottle warmer in their room as part of the resort’s “Baby Welcome” program. Reserve your Club Med Punta Cana Room here.
Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, Oranjestad, Aruba
Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, situated 10 minutes from downtown Oranjestad, also fits this bill. On Eagle Beach with two restaurants serving American and Aruban-inspired foods, an adult pool, and a kiddie pool, the resort is one happy place.
Many of its newly-renovated one- and two-bedroom villas have views of the beach, just steps away, and a live stream of the resort ensures parents can let their teens loose for a late-night snack without worrying too much. Room keys are waterproof bracelets stamped with the hotel’s logo. Sensible, since you’ll likely be spending your time running around the island when you’re not napping on your balcony. Book your Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort room here.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Vero Beach Florida
Two hours from the hustle and bustle of the Orlando theme parks, Disney offers a family experience that’s easier on your feet and your wallet. Although Vero Beach is part of the Disney Vacation Club line, you don’t need to buy into a time-share to stay there; a one-bedroom with a full kitchen and washer-dryer runs a couple hundred per night for nonmembers.
Family activities—including catching a glimpse of loggerhead sea turtles in their nesting sites, miles of unspoiled beaches and nature preserves, golf, games, movies, and more for everyone in the family.
A Mickey Mouse-shaped swimming pool plus a splash area for preschoolers round out the fun—and, yes, life jackets and pool toys are free. Visit Disney’s Vero Beach Resort here.
Beaches Negril, Negril, Jamaica
Set on what’s arguably the best beach on the island, Beaches Negril is all about giving parents and kids an amazing vacation. While you take advantage of tennis, kayaking, windsurfing, the “Lazy River”—or simply collapse on the white sand—your kids can join a supervised program.
Babies hang out with trained counselors in a comfortable nursery setting while toddlers and preschoolers absolutely love Sesame Street-themed activities, as well as shell collecting, face-painting, and magic shows.
Since all your meals, most activities, and the kids’ club are included in the price, you really need to take advantage of everything to get your money’s worth. So this resort (and others like it) are best for parents who are looking to spend a couple of hours alone every day. Plan your vacation stay at Beaches Negril here.
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii
This family favorite spreads across 22 acres on Oahu, the easiest (and usually least expensive) Hawaiian island to get to from the mainland. Hilton Hawaiin Village’s six pools, including a specially designated one for children, are the hub of the action here.
There are free snorkeling lessons for kids who know how to swim, plus lei-making classes and hula lessons for the whole family on the deck. Other no-cost activities include Friday-night fireworks, lawn bowling, and ukulele lessons. The resort is home to about 60 wildlife species such as flamingos, turtles, and koi fish.
Camp Penguin for kids offers field trips to the nearby Honolulu Zoo, Bishop’s Museum, or Waikiki Aquarium as well as fun activities around the resort. Just be sure to bring along your child’s birth certificate or passport; Hawaiian law requires proof of age for admittance into the club. Visit the Hilton Hawaiian Village here.
Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, Brewster, Massachusetts
At this affordable resort on Cape Cod, you’ll find scavenger hunts, beach fires with s’mores, and baseball and soccer games on the front lawn. On weekdays, kids can do cool craft projects, like making kites and tie-dyeing shirts, for a small additional price.
Two of this resort’s lifeguard-staffed outdoor pools are ideal for young children—as is the beach, with water that tends to be a little warmer and milder than on the other side of the Cape. And if the weather doesn’t cooperate, the resort is the only property on our list that has an indoor pool; in fact, it’s got two of them. Reserve your room for the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club here.
Loews Coronado Bay, San Diego, California
A short walk or shuttle ride from quiet Silver Strand Beach, Loews Coronado Bay offers so many family activities—from cooking your own pizza to animal presentations to family movies shown poolside—that it has a separate kids’ activity desk to help keep you informed.
The conveniences are as abundant as the activities. Every family who requests a crib also gets a baby swing and a lullaby CD. Rooms can be childproofed in advance; request it when making your reservation. If you have a toddler or preschooler, you’re welcome to borrow a step stool, potty seat, stroller, and toys.
Other thoughtful features include children’s menus that offer old favorites and adventurous options like mini eggs Benedict; free use of pool toys and sand buckets; and hourly-rate options for the children’s program (unlike most resorts, which require a half- or full-day session). Visit the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Here.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Aloe-soaked towels and fresh fruit are the kind of greeting you’d expect at one of those resorts where one night costs more than your monthly mortgage payment. But in summer, rooms at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico start around $200 daily, including the resort fee. Another cost-saver: You don’t need a passport to get to Puerto Rico.
But it’s the range of activities that makes this place special. Your family can go horseback riding, tour the nearby rain forest, learn how to do the salsa and other island dances, feed an iguana, and play tug-of-war at the beach—all in one day.
Or you could hang out at the lifeguard-staffed pool, which has a water slide and fabulous kiddie area. The entire hotel is nonsmoking, and rooms come with a mini fridge and a marble bath. Plan your vacation to the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort Here.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Maui Hawaii
The Hyatt Regency Maui is set on 40 acres of beautiful Ka’anapali Beach where your family can spend hours exploring. The kids will love playing in their activity-packed children’s pool with a sand island.
For an extra fee (but a lifetime memory) you can book tickets to join in an epic traditional lu’au. The site is also one of the world’s best star gazing places on the planet, and your whole family can enjoy a guided star tour on the hotel’s rooftop astronomy. Visit the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa here.
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, Hilton Head, South Carolina
It’s not on the beach, but just a five-minute shuttle ride away Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort is 3.5 miles of private oceanfront—featuring a beach house you can duck into for a break from the sun. Kids as young as 3 can learn about marshes and butterflies and can take part in nature scavenger hunts at this resort. Plan your vacation to Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort here.
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
The Sawgrass Marriott offers a mini golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, three kid-friendly swimming pools, shark-tooth hunts, and a small private beach. If your family has any big golf fans, then you’ll love the special guest privileges of playing a round of golf (and even scoring a free lesson) at the famed TPC Sawgrass gold club. Reserve your room at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa here.
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, Riviera Beach Florida
Spacious, modern rooms, including a kitchen with a stainless-steel fridge, are what make the Marriott at Singer Island Beach near Palm Beach so cool. A pool with a waterfall and a supervised program for kids ages 4 to 12 doesn’t hurt either.
Plus, the hotel features a cute Ocean Club for kids that include the Kids Zone where kids will get supervised activities and games, giving the parents a chance to duck out for a quiet dinner. Visit the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa here.
Beaches Ocho Rios,Ocho Rios, Jamaica
At Beaches Ocho Rios, the kids will love the golf clinics and the large Pirates Island water park with a shallow pool, squirting sea horse, and misting crab. Plus, there’s 22 acres of tropical gardens, white sand beaches, and plenty of gourmet restaurants that cater to family dining so you can explore the local cuisine without worrying if your kids will find anything they’ll like. Plan your stay to Beaches Ocho Rios here.
Sebasco Harbor Resort, Sebasco Estates, Maine
The closest beach is just a mile away from Sebasco Harbor Resort. But with a saltwater pool, ice cream stand, and supervised children’s program, you and the kids may not want to leave the resort. The whole family can enjoy vintage candlepin bowling, schedule a cruise on the Atlantic with Captain Phil, and don’t miss exploring the tide pools where kids can learn about all the magic of ocean life. Visit the Sebasco Harbor Resort here.