Best Family Resorts in Florida

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Gorgeous sandy beaches and warm weather year-round make Florida one of the top destinations for family vacations. Whether you're towing kids to Orlando to see Disney characters, or heading further south to Miami, there are resorts throughout the Sunshine State geared toward the traveling family. We've visited numerous hotels to compare their kid-friendly features -- from pools with waterslides to supervised activities for younger guests -- and find the best of the best. Check out the best family resorts in Florida and start planning your getaway!

  1. Just 15 minutes south of Disney, the sprawling 411-room Reunion Resort is one of Orlando's priciest condo resorts outside those at Disney. Despite having older TVs, however, its beautiful one-bedroom villas with full kitchens, daily kids' activities, huge water park, 54 holes of golf, excellent restaurants, and polished service make it well worth the price.

  2. Hawks Cay Resort has the feel of a small village, due to its massive size and many amenities -- the property even has its own 85-slip marina. Many guests arrive by boat, as the resort is located on Duck Key, a secluded spot far from Key West's main airport. The property largely attracts families looking for a quiet vacation, thanks in part to family-friendly features such as adolphin experiencekids' club, and multi-bedroom villas. Plus, the beach has calm waters, though some guests may be disappointed by its small size. There is not much to do outside the resort, however, due to the remote location.

  3. This sprawling 140-acre resort feels more like a Renaissance palace than a hotel. The oceanfront grounds are defined by historic architecture and elegant landscaping, and the extensive features include five swimming pools, two 18-hole golf courses, 10 tennis courts, 9 restaurants, and 10 boutique shops. The Breakers’ 540 rooms include all of the modern amenities -- minibars, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod stereos -- but most feel a bit cramped for the price. The only major downside of The Breakers is its expensive, albeit delicious, on-site dining: A family of four could easily spend $350 a day on food, without ordering anything special. As far as competing hotels in Palm Beach go, nothing compares to the luxury found at this iconic property.

  4. Hyatt Coconut Plantation is an upscale timeshare resort set in lush landscaped grounds bordering a golf course. The 108 guest suites are spacious and designed for long stays with fully equipped kitchens and living and dining spaces; while decorated to a high standard, they show some wear and tear. There are four outdoor swimming pools on-site as well as a 1,000-foot-long lazy river ride. And the property offers access to an exclusive private island beach shared with the nearby Hyatt Regency.

  5. The upper-mid-range South Seas Island Resort is a 471-room family getaway and the largest property on Captiva Island. A long list of amenities make this resort stand out, including wide private beaches with hammocks and volleyball courts, a scenic yacht harbor, a nine-hole golf course, and three outdoor pools with waterslides. On-site dining is equally varied with an ice cream shop, tiki bar, and three restaurants, including one overlooking the harbor with chic outdoor seating. The property is also home to a spa, gym, kids' activities, and boat charters. Pleasant rooms, villas, homes, and condos have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges or kitchens, and scenic views from furnished balconies. However, the sprawling property requires commuting by golf cart rental or the resort’s trolley.

  6. Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is a 250-room upscale pink hotel located across the street from a white-sand beach. Packed with amenities such as a luxury spa, which offers an array of tropical facials and body scrubs, an eighth-floor pool deck, and an excellent seafood restaurant -- this hotel is a favorite for both families and couples. Rooms have updated furnishings and full size-kitchens, many with private balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

  7. The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach is a pretty, sprawling property with a total of 1600 rooms. It is organized like a little town that can be broken down into four resorts and 30 separate neighborhoods -- each with different decor and price range. Depending on the size of their group and budget, guests can choose between a standard hotel room,condovilla, or town home. In addition to a village and market full of shops, restaurants, and entertainment, this resort is brimming with recreational activities: a 98-slip marina, 15 tennis courts, 19 pools, four golf courses, and over seven miles ofbeachfront.

  8. Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa is an upscale 664-room resort famous for it's sugary white sand beach and family-friendly water sports. The resort includes a spa, a fitness center, a kids' camp, and several restaurants. Outside, the North Pool has a small waterslide and fun kid's area. The resort does a nice job of catering to children's needs without alienating more sophisticated guests. Rooms and suites are lovely and have balconies, and the ocean views are spectacular. 

  9. This massive 998-room resort may lack the personality and charm of its smaller competitors, but it has extensive features. Highlights include two huge outdoor pools with cabanas and bar service, a full-service spa, five distinct restaurants, rental Jet Skis and kayaks, and direct access to a lovely stretch of public beach. The rooms are somewhat drab for the price, but travelers stay here for the amenities, not the decor. With no restaurants close to the resort, guests should come prepared to pay the Diplomat’s inflated food prices. 

  10. An amenities-packed hotel right on the beach in Sunny Isles, the Trump International Beach Resort is more casual than other Trump properties. While the fancier Acqualina next door charges $55 per day for its kids' programming, the kids' club at the Trump is free. With large rooms, kitchenettes in every one of them, and washer-dryers in many suites, rooms are also family-friendly. The resort's large grotto-style pool has a beach-entrance shallow area that's great for little ones in water wings.

  11. A sprawling, 584-room resort located directly on St. Pete Beach, TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort has put effort into its grounds and interior, from the palm tree-lined lobby and warmly decorated rooms to the impressive outdoor pond with fountain and covered walkways. The hotel sits on 20 acres of beachfront property and offers a number of water sports, including a giant slide, as well as several dining and entertainment options that are great for families with kids. This upscale resort even packs a bit of a value, as all modern rooms include kitchenettes, but a pesky resort fee is a major downside.

  12. The 311-unit, upscale Hammock Beach Resort is located on a beautiful stretch of private beach on the Palm Coast surrounded by sprawling and immaculately maintained grounds. The property is home to a wide range of amenities including two highly rated golf courses and a water park with five outdoor pools, a lazy river, and indoor pool complex. There are several accommodation options including suites, villas, and vacation rentals, all tastefully and traditionally decorated, with modern amenities -- flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi -- and with ocean-view balconies, though some units are dated and in need of an update. The extensive amenities include five restaurants, three bars (including a cigar bar), spa with sauna and steam room, a large fitness center, and eight-court tennis complex.

  13. The 149-room Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is a family-friendly, upper-middle-range property situated on a beautiful private beach. The hotel offers a wide array of amenities that include five outdoor pools, tennis courts, a full-service spa, and a modern fitness center. There are a variety of dining options, including a stylish cafe with gulf views, as well as a pizzeria, bakery, and a pool and beach bar. Kids are well catered for with a sea school that offers plenty of activities like nature walks and classes, and the resort also offers free rentals of bikes, paddleboards, and kayaks (though there is an obligatory resort fee that covers this). Studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites offer kitchens, living rooms, and screened patios, some with beachfront views.

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