Best Family Beach Resorts

Looking for the perfect family beach vacation? 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.

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island Florida

This is not your typical hotel. Take the entire family for a great vacation getaway. Beach lovers will love their beach villas and cottages. Rooms or suites, villas or homes, each with a variety of bed types and configurations. Every one is different, no two are the same. The Tiva Kids Club for children 4 and older takes every advantage of the setting, with trips to the on-property nature center and visits from the resort’s own naturalist. Guided evening beach walks and daytime tide-pool excursions.

The Reef at Atlantis, Paradise Island Nassau

The cheapest summer rates at this tropical resort work out to be roughly $375 per night. But when you consider that Atlantis has a water park and aquarium — attractions that would add up to at least a couple hundred dollars daily in the States — what you’re paying for the room starts to look a bit more reasonable. In the resort’s underwater tunnels and nine open-air lagoons, there are more than 50,000 sea creatures. Many of the water attractions are thrilling — like the 50-foot water slide in total darkness. Smaller children will have a blast at several shallow pools and at Splashers, a Mayan-themed water-play area with a pirate ship and water canyons.

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, Jamaica

Set on the best beach on the island, Beaches Negril gives parents and kids an amazing vacation. You can take advantage of tennis, kayaking, windsurfing, the “Lazy River”, or simply relax on the white sand and 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, like Dance Class with Zoe and Storytime with Elmo, as well as shell collecting, face-painting, and magic shows. For 6- and 7-year-olds, the program centers around pirates and mermaids.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort, Hawaii

Even in the summer you can snag a room at the Hilton for as low as $229 nightly; rooms in the beachfront Rainbow Tower or the more upscale Ali’I Tower will cost you about $100 more. The four pools are the center of the action here. There is free snorkeling instruction, plus lei-making classes and hula lessons for the whole family on the deck. Other no-cost activities include Friday-night fireworks, lawn bowling, ukulele lessons, and watching the penguins being fed (the resort has eight including babies, plus it’s home to about 60 other wildlife species such as flamingos, turtles, and koi fish).

The Villages at Ocean Edge Resort & Spa, Brewster Massachusetts

Prices start at $205 for a one-bedroom villa with a full kitchen in May and about $100 more in June and July, with old-fashioned family activities. There are scavenger hunts, beach fires with s’mores, baseball and soccer on the front lawn — all at no charge. On weekdays, kids can do cool craft projects, like making kites and tie-dyeing shirts, for just $10 a head. Two of this resort’s lifeguard-staffed outdoor pools are ideal for young children, as well as the beach.

Loews Coronado Bay Beach Resort & Spa, California

This resort offers so many family activities daily, from cooking your own pizza to animal presentations to family movies shown poolside. It also has a separate kids’ activity desk to help keep you informed. Summer rates start at $329 nightly, and that includes a welcome gift for the kids. Other features include children’s menus, free use of pool toys and sand buckets; and hourly-rate options for the children’s program.

Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort Casino & Spa, Puerto Rico

Summer rooms here start around $215 daily, including the resort fee and you don’t need a passport to get to Puerto Rico. But 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 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.

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad California

Escape your everyday routine and indulge in a renewing massage at The Spa at La Costa, or make a splash with your kids on family-friendly water slides and splash pads. They also offer an adult-only pool with panoramic views of two championship golf courses so you can enjoy a little private time while on vacation. Turn your stay into a sport outing by practicing your backhand or challenging friends on one of their 17 tennis courts.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is on 1,350 acres at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast. Enjoy luxurious oceanfront accommodations, world-class resort pools, championship golf, full-service spa, endless dining options and family-friendly activities. The resort has two large swimming pools, a kiddie pool, and its own Nature Center — something that Camp Amelia, a supervised program for kids ages 3 to 10, taps into for activities.

What to Pack For a Luxurious Beach Vacation:

You have your plane ticket booked and hotel reserved, and what to pack still remains. But if you think that any accessory or swimsuit will suffice, think again. A luxurious beach vacation involves so much more than shedding clothes and jumping in the ocean. You have to look good, especially if you staying at five star resort. Such resorts warrant items that have a little more posh than practical. For the basics you can visit our best beach gear page. Here are the items you’ll need for your luxury beach vacation:

Women

Swimsuit: This is a must, whether you are exploring the beaches or just chilling in the pool, you must have at least one swimsuit for your luxury beach vacation.

Beach Shorts/Denim: You need something casual to wear around the resort during the day, like these.

Cover-Up: Easy breezy just to cover up that swimsuit and move around the resort during the day.

Summer Tops: Stay cool with a cute summer top to go with your denim shorts.

Sunglasses: Gotta have a good pair of sunglasses to wear around the resort and the classic Ray Bans do just the trick.

Sunhat: Try this fashionable Fedora Hat to make you look more elegant and casual.

Beach Bag: Don’t forget to bring a beach bag to keep items like your kindle, phone, ipod, room key or camera while your chilling on the beach or around the resort.

Maxi Dress: Maxi dresses are hands down the best way to be super comfortable and look glam in the evening! Rock them with a nice pair of sandals and you are ready to party all night long!

Sandals: Try Plaka Sandals, with unique designs using high-quality materials and special color mixes you’ll love. Also great to have is a good pair of platform sandals for going out.

Face Cream: You will want a a good face moisturizer with sun block to keep your face looking vibrant and healthy.

Men

Board Shorts: You’ll need board shorts with that are functional and colorful for relaxation, by the pool and for a day at the beach.

Tank Tops: You’ll want a few cool and fun tank tops to take with you.

White Dress Pants: A good pair of white dress pants will be great for your evening out, or a comfortable pair of dress shorts.

Polo/Button Down Shirt: Required by some of the restaurants for dinner, we commend something like this.

Hat: Men need to keep the sun off their face too. Try this great twill hat.

Sunglasses: Gotta have a good pair of sunglasses to wear around the resort and the classic Ray Bans do just the trick.

Flip Flops: Get these great beach-ready sandal featuring a fabric thong strap.

Dress Shoes: A must have for dinner, casual yet comfortable and stylish. The classic boat shoe silhouettes designed to perform on or off shore.

32 Comments

  1. Effie

    Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is DEFINITELY my favorite! The word “spa” is the spark that ignites my brain. I was wondering though: our kids are grown up. So we travel alone. Would you advise us to take a vacation in a family resort or choose something else? We love children but I am afraid a bunch of kids enjoying themselves all over the place might be annoying. Looking forward to your opinion. Thanks, Laeahrae!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would definitely pick a resort that is not geared towards families. You will find that there will be lots of kids in the pool areas and such. Some resorts have adult only pools, but I’d stick with a resort not labeled as “family friendly” 🙂 Thanks for your visit Effie 🙂

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  2. Fahim Shahriar

    I love traveling and exploring new places. Thank you for your article about Beach travel destination. These are really amazing places to visit. There is nothing like spending time near the sea beach on vacation. Thank for you for describing the location and amenities of these beach resorts. When I can save some money I will definitely explore these places. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh Great!  Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Colleen

    I want to go to visit all of them!! I would have to say that my favorite has to be The Reef of Atlantis! I mean, with each room having a private balcony and a kitchen this is a great deal. Also, a movie theater, a lazy river, a casino, and 21 restaurants?  Vacationing here sounds like heaven! I noticed that there is a Dolphin Lagoon, is swimming with the dolphins included in the price or is it an additional fee?

    The other resort I was considering is the South Seas Island Resort in Florida as the beaches look incredible! I could only imagine how serene it would be to have a villa next to the water. What is the best time of year to visit Florida? In the Spring or Fall?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I believe you would love the Reef of Atlantis!  No, not swimming with the dolphins.  Dolphin Cay was opened  in 2007 in response to a need to provide a safe haven for 17 stranded dolphins whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  So more of a safe habitat for the dolphins 🙂  Boy Spring or fall is great here in Florida.  I find the weather and water to be nice from about April thru October.  The weather is nice year round, the water just gets a little chilly.  Although there are some crazy ones that get in even outside of the months I listed 😀

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  4. Khobayer Khan

    Hello,

    This is a wonderful and helpful article about Best Family Beach Resorts. In your article, you discuss everything about a resort. Next week I want to go to Jamaica. I am worried about which resort I select but when I read your article I get my right place. Now I and my friends went to Beaches Negril Resort & Spa.

    Thanks for write such a wonderful and helpful article.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome, thanks for visiting beach travel destinations!

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  5. Mark

    My wife and I have been talking about taking a family beach vacation for several months now. We have 3 daughters age 14, 7, and 5. We are searching for a resort that offers something for all of us and haven’t been able to find it yet. I really love the looks of The Reef at Atlantis in Nassau and all of the activities it offers. My problem is that my wife has a medical condition that requires frequent treatment and is hesitant to travel abroad. Do you know of anything like The Reef at Atlantis that is here in the US or another resort that might offer activities attractive to all of us?

    Thank you!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Mark, yes how about the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki in Hawaii?  This has a lot of activities for the kids, amazing beaches, medical facilities close by if necessary.  Pretty much everything you could need or want and the kids will have an amazing time.  You can go to my link for the best luxury beach resorts USA and find it listed there, among other great choices in the US.  Thanks for stopping by and please let me know if you have any other questions.

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  6. Femi

    Hi 

    Thanks for an informative array of family resorts to consider for vacation. Hawaii is on my list of places I’d like to visit in the future and I particularly like the wide variety of activities you list in the Waikiki Resort. 

    Is there a particular season you consider to be the best time to travel there, especially when it’s not too busy? I’m not particularly keen on too much crowd:)

    Kind regards

    Femi

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      If you want to avoid the crowds in Hawaii, than I would travel when the kids are in school.  Going anytime besides summer, Christmas Break, Spring Break and Thanksgiving Break will be less crowded 🙂  Hope this helps and please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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  7. Raquel

    This looks so amazing! We’ve been thinking of going to Hawaii and I got so excited when I saw the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort. It seems like an amazing place and I’m sure my family will love it! They will be thrilled! I love that there’s free snorkeling, hula, lei-making and ukelele lessons. It’ll really feel like a Hawaiian vacation. The pools look so inviting too. Would you know how far it is from Honolulu? Thanks!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh my goodness Raquel, it is only about 3 miles to Honolulu from the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.  And your family would love it!  Great family beach vacation for sure!  Please let me know if you need any other questions answered 🙂

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  8. Selenity Jade

    I would TOTALLY love the Reef at Atlantis destination.  I was looking for something a tad different than normal beach going activities and the Reef at Atlantis wins, just because of its name.  You could say you went on vacation to Atlantis.  How nifty!  I wasn’t aware there was a beach resort by that name.  Epic! Thanks for the list.  But the Atlantis one gets my vote for the best one!  

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok Jade!  And what a great choice as well!  You will have a wonderful time.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.  Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Matthew

    I have a wife and 4 children, all boys that need to go on a holiday asap so I have been looking online for the perfect family beach holiday and I have certainly found one here!

    My children and I all love waterparks in a hotel when we go on holiday so do all the resorts you mention here have a waterpark or is it only a few of them?

    Which hotel would you recommend for a family of 6 with 2 parents and 4 children? 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Matthew.  Oh my gosh, I chose these because they are all great for families.  But my favorite is going to be the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach.  They have so much to do at the resort and in the surrounding area that would make all of your kids happy.  And they can accommodate your family 🙂  Please let me know if I can help with your travel arrangements.  I would be happy to help!

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  10. Mike

    Well, I wasn’t in the mood for a Beach Vacation at a Resort, until now that is. 

    I was searching for best beach vacations. I’m more of the type to fly to Honduras Bay Islands, where there are the best beaches, SCUBA, sailing, water sports, clear water, around the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Also, lots of opportunity for eco-tourism on the mainland.

    These are awesome. Hmm, Hawaii to the Caribbean. These all look like a great time for the whole family. Puerto Rico seems like to be suited best for me. Resorts like these are better for families because you’re in a protected space.

    And they offer so many more activities than cruise ships.

    It’s always good to research alternative destinations. I appreciate all the detailed research you did for these. You made such thorough recommendations that it’s easy to choose one of these and do no further research any where else.

    Thank you.

    Enjoy your day.

    Pirate Mike – Foodie Pirate

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome Mike, sounds like you have it all well thought out.  When you decide on a destination, let me know where you went and how it was!  Thanks for visiting the best family beach resorts.

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  11. Joyce Anderson

    Oh my, I have been in a beach-resort state of mind for a while now and your post is gonna push me right over the edge! 🙂 We have a timeshare on Maui that has been languishing without us for a couple of years now do to my husband’s business and my aging parent obligations but we’re going to need some salt and seawater therapy very, VERY soon!

    We have been to the Atlantis in Nassau and the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Both are incredible. Of the two we enjoyed Atlantis the most because of all the included activities. We each got the photo op while swimming with some very friendly dolphins, and my husband and our son went into the tank with sharks while I looked on (in fervent prayer, I might add!). Nothing more relaxing than just stretching out in an inner tube and floating down the lazy river. And how can you beat the effervescent color of the water off the Bahamas?

    Yep. No question. My husband is going to get the link to this article as a great big fat HINT. Vacation. The time is now!!!

    Thank you for your support!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Joyce and glad you enjoyed my best family beach resorts post!  You have been to some great resorts for sure 🙂  My son and I are planning our trip to the Atlantis on his college vacation.  We live in Florida, so just a hop skip and jump for us.  Looking forward to it for sure!  Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Chris

    I love the beach! And, so do my kids, so I’m always looking for resorts that are kid friendly. I love that these resorts include activities for kids that aren’t just beach related. it gives them some variety. And, anyone with kids knows that you have to keep the activities on a vacation varied. Otherwise, the kids get bored, and then you can expect drama.

    And, your right. The prices might scale up per night, but you’re going to end up paying more for individual activities if you go that route. Trust me. I have four kids, and have paid out the nose for activities, especially as they got older. So, an all inclusive package with a higher daily rate isn’t bad. In the long run, you save. 

    I also appreciate that you included resorts in the U.S. Yes, we love to get away to exotic island locations. But, realistically, with kids that can’t always happen. So, a quick trip to Florida is a better option. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree that yes, the all-inclusive is most definitely worth it.  For all the activities, food, just everything you get…so well worth it.  To pay for it all separately is going to cost a lot more.  And yes, Florida is a wonderful choice ( I am partial as I live here ), but there are many great resorts here at pretty good prices.

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  13. Lakisha Akbar

    I have been looking for the best vacation packages for my family for a long time. I never seem to find the right package. The problem is I have a very large family. Most of the time, I either must get two rooms, or we may have to start renting out houses. You know with the Air BnB, I think they call it.

    I just haven’t found the solution for a large family trip. It seems like most hotels or resorts are geared to the average family, which is understandable but, it would be nice to see packages for all families. You know what I mean.

    Anyhow, I love going to the beach, usually, I visit the beach in Galveston Texas. Have you been there? It is nice and peaceful. I’ve also been to Virginia Beach and one in Washington state. I can’t remember the name of it right now.

    I must admit that they didn’t look like the pictures that you have provided here in your Best Family Beach Resorts article. I wouldn’t mind going to Jamaica and the Florida beach resorts. Oh, and the Atlantis would be really nice to take the kids to. 

    I see the Atlantis one on TV all the time, it must be nice there. Do you know if these resorts accommodate large families? I will have 8 children with me. Either way, it’s okay finding a large family resort is tough even for myself.

    Thanks for sharing this, I’ll look into a few of these beach resorts and see what they have to offer. Have an awesome day!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I lived in Texas for ten years, so yes I have been to Galveston many times 🙂  It is peaceful for sure.  We live in Florida and nothing compares to Florida beaches for sure!  You didn’t mention how big your family is, but I know the Atlantis has options with two room suites and fold out couches.  So I believe they can probably accommodate you.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.  

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  14. Scott Hinkle

    Wow, thanks for the great post here.

    When I saw the title I was expecting you to focus on a general area with a lot of beaches.  I was quite surprised to find you pretty much covered half the globe here.

    Now I’m not sure exactly where to go.  I guess I’ll have to pick my top 3 or so and then factor in travel time and expense (flights are never cheap it seems).  That said, I’m living in California and really want to check out Atlantis in Nassau.  Go figure…8 years ago I lived in Fort Lauderdale and could have gone then but it was “local” so it didn’t see all that important, LOL.

    I appreciate the locations that offer day care in the form of activities for the kids while I relax.

    Thanks again.  This is definitely food for thought.

    Scott

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Scott.  And yes I live in Florida and just told my son we needed to update his passport as the Bahamas are just a  hop skip and a jump and airfares, not too bad at all.  Shoot weekend trips there are going to be great!  Thanks for visiting the best Family beach resorts.

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  15. jacobs2

    Hello, 
    What a beautiful travel destination, I would like to be there right now! I thought I might book for the The reef at Atlantis paradise island Nassau. The rates at $375 per night could look at the higher side but when you have a closer look at it and see what you get, it is definitely rather cheap. The waterpark seems huge! I can imagine swimming there the whole day with my family and taking a sun bath at the beach. 
    Moreover there is an aquarium, always nice to visit

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes,  if you consider having to provide entertainment for the family and paying for all of it separately, then the price is going to be a lot higher on top of a room rate.  So the price including all the amenities and activities is a bargain for sure!  Glad you enjoyed my best family beach resorts post Jacob.

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  16. Gomer

    I like the Reef at Atlantis, although I am not sure where is that located. But just by looking at the picture you shared here in this blog post, I am captivated. I’d like to ask something I noticed with resorts like this…

    I noticed in most resorts, there’s a beach but at the same time, there’s a swimming pool located inland. This makes me confused to which body of water I’d swim. Is it in the sandy beach at the sea or at the swimming pool situated inland?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Gomer, yes most all beach resorts are on a sandy beach and have swimming pools as well. I guess it just boils down to what you like the best.  I know some people (my mom in particular) who are terrified of getting into the ocean, and they much prefer the swimming pool.  Also when you are at the pool you have your room close by if you need anything and all the amenities of the resort.  Although some resorts have a lot of amenities available at the beach as well.

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