The Top 10 Beach Resorts for Kids

The Top 10 Beach Resorts for Kids
Beach resorts are popular destinations for many reasons: different levels of activities, outdoor recreation and novelty. Appropriate activities for kids vary as widely as their ages. So, rather than relying on marketing terms like family-friendly, evaluate a resort's range of activities and amenities based on your kids' ages. For example, ask specifically about whether the resort has supervised kids programs, free or low-cost activities for families to do together and lifeguards at the beach and pool.

Infant and Toddler Friendly

Considerations for infant-friendly resorts include whether the resort provides cribs, certified babysitting services, infant swimming pools and emergency supplies like diapers and wipes.

Club Med offers several resorts for families, including Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, which was named number two on Parents magazine Best Beach Resorts for Families. They have an optional Baby Club Med program and a Petit Club Med program covering ages four months to four years. These programs provide babysitting and age-appropriate activities including outdoor activities. Club Med also offers programs for older kids up to 18 years, which include outdoor activities as well as dancing lessons and circus school.

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific
Playa Quieta 40 880
Estado de Guerrero Zihuatanejo
011 (52) 75 55 55 10 00

Club Med Punta Cana
Apt Postal 106 - Higuey
Phone: 011 (1) 809 686 55 00

Young School Age Friendly

Kids who are young school age, between 4 years and 10 years, participate in more outdoor activities. A seven year old can't scuba, but she could snorkel. Many resorts that advertise "family friendly" offer kids clubs, which help keep kids active.

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Florida, was named number three on Parent's magazine's Top 10 Beach Resorts because of its easy waves and activity choices. Tiva Kids Club includes guided shell walks, family fishing and animal care and feeding.

South Seas Island Resort
5400 Plantation Road
Captiva Island, Florida 44924
(866) 565-5089

Disney's Vero Beach Resort in Florida is a Disney experience on the beach. It has unsupervised or family activities such as bike rentals, Disney Discovery Club with activities such as volleyball, and water activities such as catch-and-release fishing or snorkeling. It also has a Mickey Mouse shaped pool and miniature golf.

Disney's Vero Beach Resort
Vero Beach, Florida
(800) 500-3990

Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida, includes a Nature's Wonders program. This program provides access to 11 aquariums, two touch tanks, and a small lab for exploring marine biology.

Ritz-Carlton, Naples
280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
Naples, FL 34108
Phone: (239) 598-3300

Ocean Edge Resort & Spa offers OceanedgeVenture, which is specifically for kids ages 4 years to 12 years and includes beach walks, bicycle rides and tennis. When the weather doesn't cooperate, there are two indoor pools.

Ocean Edge Resort & Spa
Brewster, MA
(508) 896-9000

Tween & Teen Friendly

Teens and 'tweens can do quite few adult activities but often still require supervision. Don't assume that kids clubs fit this age group because some may not be much more than babysitting.

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort offers easy access to the beach, as well as nearby snorkeling, surfing, kayaking and horseback riding. The Tortuga Kids Club includes a variety of family and kids' activities.

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
800 MTS West from Herradura entrance
Playa Herradura, 5024005 Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2630 9000

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, Waikiki, Hawaii, offers many water activities such as Surfing 101 class for kids and beginners, beach equipment rental such as kayaks and a tour on an Atlantis submarine.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Phone: (808) 949-4321

Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas, has specific preteen and teen activities including a large water park and Dolphin Cay where you can swim with the dolphins. Teens who are old enough can scuba, but Atlantis also offers snuba.

Atlantis Paradise Island
One Casino Drive
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Phone: (242) 363-3000

Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort Casino & Spa, Puerto Rico, offers watersports such as scuba and parasailing as well as charter boats and bicycling. Many activities can be booked directly through on-site operators or coordinated through a concierge.

Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort Casino & Spa
6000 Rio Mar Boulevard
Rio Grande, PR 00745
Phone: (787) 888-6000

Article Written By Susan Roberts

Susan Roberts has more than 15 years of marketing, business and technical writing experience. Her business writing has appeared in online trade publications such as TechWeb and ComputerWorld. In 2009 she began publishing online articles in categories including healthy living, family and food and wine. Roberts has a Bachelor of Arts in technical writing/mass communication from Texas Tech University.

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