Florida is famous for its beautiful beaches and families will find a host of great resorts in which to base their stay for enjoying them. Whether you’re looking for something in The Keys, along the Gulf Coast or the Atlantic, there’s sure to be a resort that’s ideal for you and your family. This list is just about guaranteed to get you packing.
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Sheraton Sand Key Resort is popular among families with a wide range of amenities to enjoy, including a secluded 10-acre beach on the Gulf of Mexico adjacent to Sand Key Park. There’s an ocean view pool at this top-rated Clearwater hotel, as well as tennis and volleyball courts along with opportunities for water sports like parasailing and wave running too. Enjoy multiple dining options, including casual bites at the Poolside Cafe or Southwest/Caribbean fare at Rusty’s Bistro. While rooms vary significantly in size and amenities, the luxury suites on the top floor are the best and come with VIP lounge access.
Hawks Cay Resort is one of the top properties in the Florida Keys, especially ideal for families, thanks to its wide range of options for the kids, including a fantastic kids’ camp for children five through 12 with all sorts of activities. Teens can enjoy video games, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, kickball, basketball and volleyball too. There are multiple swimming pools, including a kids’ pool with an interactive pirate ship and an adults-only pool, along with a huge spa, fitness center, multiple restaurants and a marina where manatees are frequently spotted.
TradeWinds Island Grand Resort boasts 20 acres on St. Pete Beach with pristine white sands edged by turquoise waters. Families will appreciate the extensive array of water sports offerings, including a giant blow-up slide and the 15,000-square-foot Splash Island Water Park that floats in the ocean. Rent jetpacks, wave runners and paddleboards, take advantage of numerous swimming pools then choose from multiple dining options, including a family-friendly seafood eatery and a romantic Italian restaurant.
Parrot Key Hotel and Villas in Key West is a family-friendly property with a tranquil atmosphere, yet its just minutes from the popular historic district. Set across five acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, it offers on-site dining, water sports rentals and complimentary shuttle service to Smathers Beach. The nature-inspired guest rooms all come with porches and patios, and there are options for families that include three-bedroom multi-level suites that are set up more like apartments. Some also come with water views.
Set along nearly two-and-a-half miles of beautiful Atlantic beach on the Palm Coast, Hammock Beach Resort draws golfing enthusiasts around the world who want to play ts spectacular courses, including the highly-rated Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course with six holes directly along the water. It’s also a great place for families, where everyone can look forward to a relaxing float on the lazy river and zipping down the water chute. With a kids’ camp for the little ones, it’s easy for mom and dad to enjoy some time out together, perhaps taking advantage of the full-service spa with a sauna and steam room, a huge fitness center or the lounge for a refreshing drink. Foodies will love the multiple dining options and bars on site.
Families who’d rather avoid South Beach’s party scene while enjoying plenty of luxuries might want to head to the glitzy St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, one of the most luxurious beachfront properties in the area. It’s very welcoming to guests of all ages, and even offers a club for children and childcare services onsite so parents can play. There are two infinity pools, a lavish spa and a fitness center with personal trainers and exercises classes. Dining options include a Jean-Georges restaurant, while Bal Harbour Shops are just across the street. The opulent rooms are extra spacious and come with balconies that face the ocean. Book a suite and you’ll get 24-hour on-call butler service too.
Located on the waterfront on Amelia Island, Ritz Carlton Amelia Island offers lots for families, with a kids’ club, game room, in-room treats, and even bedtime stories with a princess, pirate or the property’s macaw mascot. All about adventure and relaxation, families can enjoy everything from surfing lessons to paddleboarding, championship golf, gorgeous pools and an array of dining options. After a day of play, you can look forward to spectacular ocean views from your private balcony and ultra-luxe beds with 400-thread-count Egyptian Frette linens and goose-down pillows.
Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort sits across 12 acres in The Keys, made up of upscale tropical Victorian-style homes with a variety of accommodation options, including multi-story two and three-bedroom suites that come with beautiful ocean views and full kitchens that are especially ideal for families. Those with little ones can even borrow strollers, high chairs, booster seats and other gear. It has its own private beach and three swimming pools, one that’s adults-only, along with a wide range of water sports available onsite. Eco-tours are also available, including visits to a turtle hospital and feeding tropical fish. Enjoy sipping cocktails at the waterfront tiki bar, dining at the outstanding seafood restaurant, and taking advantage of the putting green and fitness studio.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa is spread across more than 2,400 acres of beachfront, providing direct access to the sands of Miramar Beach and the glistening waters of Choctawhatchee Bay. It offers a host of activities for families, including race cars, an arcade and a laser maze, along with a gorgeous pool with sea views. Enjoy free water sports, loaner bikes, four golf courses, shopping at the mall and a long list of restaurants onsite offering everything from a sumptuous breakfast buffet to a sushi bar and room service.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly resort in the Florida Keys, Lime Tree Bay Resort offers one of the best values in the region. It offers a great mix of activities and relaxation set across palm-shaded sandy shores. There are two outdoor pools and opportunities for kayaking right onsite along with BBQ grills for those outdoor picnics. Enjoy a nap in the hammocks and soaking in the hot tub too. A variety of room options are available, including three-bedroom townhouses ideal for families, complete with canal views, full kitchens and private garages.