Heading to the Sunshine State? Before you book your family vacation, take a look at the list of best resorts in Florida. These family-friendly escapes have the perks that kids will love…and amenities parents can’t live without.
From all-inclusive to best beaches on each FL coast…and from Orlando to the Keys, these are the best of the best selections for families. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know!
Best All Inclusive Resorts in Florida
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
This jaw-dropping golf resort sits on 2,400 acres, with more than 30 different neighborhoods located on both sides of US 98. Whatever type of accommodations you want, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has them: condominiums, villas, town homes, or hotel.
All have a pool accessible, and everything is connected by bike and walking paths, in addition to a resort wide tram system that is used by all Sandestin guests no matter where they stay. No bikes? No worries!
Bike rental, fitness center access, tennis court time, resort transportation, and water sport rentals like kayaks and boogie boards are all included in your resort fee, so your kid’s ever-changing requests will not cost you an arm and a leg.
What about the adults? With 30+ awards given to their four golf course options, you know it’s going to be great. That’s what has attracted high-profile events and competitions including the Champions Tour, NCAA National Championships.
The Breakers Palm Beach
Florida’s legendary Henry M. Flagler founded this resort in 1896, an entrepreneur and industrialist that specialized in luxury! The Breakers is modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, with cozy rooms and suites steeped in fine details.
Soak up the sun on the private beach, or take a dip in one of four pools at The Beach Club. Dine by the massive main pool or bring the kids to the zero-entry swimming pool for splash time. There is also an adults-only infinity pool for your alone time, and a fourth option for the guests of the private bungalows.
Kids Camp offers activities including scavenger hunts, nature excursions, and more. Take advantage in the day (9am – 3pm) or evening (5:30pm – 9:30pm) for a little date night freedom.
For families spending time together, try the family fitness class, the arcade and video game lounge, basketball court, family golf clinics, or bike rentals. You can also take on kayaking, scuba or snorkeling together. And we love The Italian Restaurant, a cozy dining option within the Family Entertainment Center where you can dine while your kids explore the play area.
Club Med, Sandpiper Bay
Sandpiper Bay Resort is located on the banks of the Saint Lucie River near one of our favorite spots in Florida, Martin County. No familiar with Club Med? It’s only one of THE most kid-friendly all inclusive experiences in the world.
Leave the kids to enjoy the teen or kids programs, with their own splash-pad play area, while you take on the adult pool, spa or golf. Or take on paddleboarding, swimming, beaching, sailing clinics at the tennis courts, and more. And get this…trapeze school!
Inside Tip: If you are not looking for all inclusive, but you want to be in this area then I highly recommend Old Colorado Inn.
Best In The Florida Keys
Isla Bella Beach Resort
Of the two-to-three -dozen Florida resorts we have enjoyed, Isla Bella is my favorite. It is bright and airy, grand and glorious — all without being pretentious or sacrificing the cozy, welcome feeling.
From the moment you drive through the gates in Marathon, past the palm tree oasis, you know you are somewhere special. Every room faces the mile of waterfront property, with 1 and 2 bedroom guest rooms, to much larger suites.
If you can draw yourself from the impeccable view on the balcony, then head to one of five different pools dotted over the property. We adored the main pool, with a restaurant on deck for drinks, snacks, and delicious ice cream.
Other drink and dining options include Il Postino, with hand-made pizza from a traditional wood-fired oven, fresh pastas, and coastal cuisine, the Beach Bar (with an amazing Frosé) or the Marketplace Cafe for coffee and bites.
The Marketplace is also where you can learn about the resort activities like biking, kayaking, boccee, dive-in movies and more, all of which are included with your resort fee.
Havana Cabana Key West
Havana Cabana is a fun way to experience Key West! Let’s start with the coolest feature of this boutique escape — Key West’s largest pool! It’s a much-welcome oasis with palm trees, cozy nooks, oversized games, a a tiki bar with daily specials.
I enjoyed all the nostalgic touches and nods to Cuba…the bicycle or vintage Vesp rentals are awesome! Rooms are spacious, with views of the Gulf that offer the perfect breeze at night.
Midday, grab a mojito and let the kids snack on free appys like churros or cookies, while they splash in the pool. It’s easy to get to Duvall Street from here, and going back-and-forth to appease the kiddos was no bother.
Oceans Edge Resort & Marina
Oceans Edge is one of the newest resorts in the area, and brought to you by the same group as Isla Bella (above) so of course we are raving about it. All of the rooms come with ocean views and access to six pools, plus a bar & grill with lovely seating.
Resort fees include paddleboards, kayaks, bikes and more, or take the free shuttle to Downtown Key West every hour. This is the ideal spot for those wanting to leverage the full-service marina as they explore Key West.
Best Florida Beach Resorts With Ocean Views
Embassy Suites, St Augustine
We give this Embassy Suites two thumbs up for outstanding ocean views. It sits beside St Augustine‘s Anastasia State Park, so the beach feels private and secluded, which we love. You can see the beach from select rooms and from the outdoor pool/outdoor bar.
Just recently opened, everything is fresh and new…there is a great restaurant…and plenty of space for kids. Heck, they even offer surf lessons! You’ll also find plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas, and a short walk to the fishing pier.
The Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort boasts a world of activities for kids, like the LandShark pool with a water slide and waterfall. Beachside recreation includes a FlowRider surfing simulator, jet skis, stand-up paddleboarding and more.
The Parakeets Kid’s Club is situated behind the LandShark Pool on the beach level, especially for kids 4-12 yo. Pool and beach games, arts and crafts and other fun activities allow parents to get away to the spa or the adult-only pool. And when the kids are ready, you are right on the white sand beach of Hollywood! The ocean is calling you to gorgeous South Florida.
Sunset Key Cottages
If you are looking for a family escape on a private island, ready to bask in luxury and soak up the sun, then make your reservation at Sunset Key Cottages. Pick from 1 bedrooms to large, 4-bedroom houses with private pools. They feature full kitchens, or you can dine at the island’s award-winning restaurant.
Sure, you could sit at the pool…but why would you do that when the beaches white sands are calling? Complimentary towels, chairs and large tiki hut umbrellas are also provided.
Top notch scuba diving opportunities abound in Key West, so don’t miss that opportunity when you are visiting.
Best Views of the Gulf of Mexico
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort
Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort is Destin’s largest full-service resort located directly on the beach, so you can travel between your room and the sand within minutes. The resort offers day and night time kids’ programs, child care services, variety of kid-friendly restaurants with great kids’ menus, and Family Parlor Suites that come with bunk beds in a little private alcove. It truly is one of the best family beach resorts in Florida!
There are indoor and outdoor pools, poolside cabanas, beach volleyball, bike riding, golf, and tennis – whew! And just a bit down the road is Big Kahuna’s Water Park. It features more than 40 water attractions – water slides, pools, waterfalls, a lazy river and a wave pool.
South Seas Island Resort
South Seas sits on Captiva Island, on what was originally a key lime plantation. Stay in the large, comfy rooms of the Harborside Hotel or pick a vacation rental cottage for even more space.
You’ll have access to golf, tennis, nature and water activities, and so much more. For families, explore the 2.5 miles of white sand beach, or try one of three pools, two H2Whoa! Water Slides, and one waterfront tiki bar. Also, try Sanibel Sea School for kids 6-13…take guided shelling walks especially for kids..or drop the kids off at Camp Skullywags for art, crafts and games.
Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach
Sandpearl Resort is a Clearwater Beach favorite for families; pick from guest rooms or larger suites. As for family fun, you will find beach chairs and cabana rentals, hammocks, wave runners and volleyball right on the beach, as well as food service. One of our favorite perks? Family s’mores nights at the fire pit on the beach, and sand sculpture lessons during the warm months.
Poolside fun includes luxury cabana rentals, a zero-entry section for kids, and dive-in movies and Mermaid Tales seasonally. Finally, Kids Club, open seasonally for kids 5-10 yo offers 4-hour sessions of fun so you can escape to the spa.
Best Luxury Family Resorts in Florida
Acqualina Resort & Spa
Children 5-12 yo have free access to marine biology-inspired activities, and everyone can enjoy the oceanfront soccer field, basketball net, foosball, and chess. You can even rent Strider Bikes for the littles!
The Beach Club Pool is ideal for families, and the The Recreational Pool is always filled the activities lead by the staff…or escape to the adult pool for some R&R. On the beach, enjoy loungers, umbrellas, hammocks, and a beach butler for libations.
The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island
We love RC for families, and especially love the details at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Select from guest rooms, Club rooms or suites, with amenities including 1.5 miles of beachfront, PGA Championship golf, restaurants, a spa, multiple pools, and more.
Your resort fee includes a beach umbrella, boogie board usage, a fitness class per day, bike rentals, spa access, tennis court usage, practice facility access to the golf course, and more.
The kids will really love a Pirate’s Tuck In or a Pirate Indoor Campout, with a pirate-themed tent (complete with porthole window,) a book, treasure chest, and more – perfect for celebrating the history of Amelia Island. Enjoy time in the game room facility, take comfort in kid’s meal plans, or check out the Kids Night Out and Ritz Kids activities!
Loews Miami Beach
South Beach with kids? Loews Miami Beach is where to stay! First, let’s point out that Georgia and Florida residents get to experience the newly renovated rooms, new restaurants and new pool deck with daily breakfast for two, free valet parking and free wi-fi! Be sure to ask for the Resident Package.
For kids there is the SOBE Club, with half and full-day programs for kids 4-12 yo, plus evening programs on the weekends. There is a rec room with video and arcade games for kids, a zero-entry pool with pop up fountains, and a shaded sandpit area for no-fuss play.
There are even kiddo spa packages available! And don’t miss Family Cocktail Hour Friday – Sunday, with special cocktail and mocktail concoctions everyone will love.
Best Resorts in Orlando
Legoland Hotel is only steps from the Legoland Theme Park, but that’s just the beginning. There are themed, bunk rooms for the kids, early park entrance, and zero-entry pool with lifeguards! Legoland Florida Hotel is the only Orlando resort that includes breakfast. You’ll dine on pancakes, French toast, custom ordered omelets, lox and bagels, and oh-so-much-more at a breakfast feast fit for a king (or queen!) Each kiddo staying at the hotel can take a FREE Master Builder class. It is only for the kids at the hotel, so it isn’t crowded; it’s very personable.
If you have little kids, I recommend skipping the main hotel and opting for the Beach Retreat. The pace at the retreat is much slower. The crowds are thinner. The vibe is quieter.
Four Seasons Orlando
If you’re looking for luxury at Walt Disney World, then Four Seasons Orlando is your answer. Your oasis feels more like home than hotel, dotted with gardens, pools, and more.
As an WDW hotel, you gain extra Magic Hours and FastPass+ opportunities 60 days in advance of your stay. When you’re not at the parks, splash around with the kids at Explorer Island. They will love the water slides, spray ground, pools and lazy river with waterfall.
Kids 4-12 yo can play at the complementary camp, with supervised swimming, indoor sports, video games and crafts. There is also a Saturday evening service available for a small fee.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Animal Kingdom Lodge is another luxurious WDW hotel, with all the on-site perks and amenities. We love this park because of the 30 different wildlife species on site. Be sure to book the Wanyama Safari and Dinner for up-close animal encounters you won’t find anywhere else outside of Africa!
There are two pools – one at 11,000 sq ft, letting you face the Uzima Savanna as you soar down the water slide. The second pool is a little smaller, but the water slide is 2x the length! There is a zero-entry section and nearby playground the kids will adore.
Westgate River Ranch
The award-winning Westgate River Ranch sits on 1,700 acres of land surrounded by 400,000 acres of protected wetlands…with dozens of opportunities for families to unplug and reconnect. You can pick a Lodge Guestroom or Suite (even a Deluxe Suite!) or indulge the family in a Cottage, Cabin or Rail Car with bunk beds the kids will enjoy…but for us, there was no choice except a glamping tent.
Cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, warm meat pies and coffee are delivered to your tent each morning. Be sure to rent a golf cart to make your way around the property, which includes a rodeo, adventure park, swimming pool and more. You’ll also want to reserve an air-boat ride or a horseback riding adventure.
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Disclosure: 365 Atlanta Traveler is a Visit Florida Digital Marketing Program Partner. We’ve worked with many of these hotels in various capacities, but opinions here are all our own.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.