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10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids ~ Recommended by Family Travel Experts

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Whether splashing in the waves or sipping a tropical drink from a lounge chair, nothing says “vacation” more than a day at the beach. I asked some top family travel bloggers to share their picks for the best beach hotels for kids. Whether you're looking for pampering or activities galore, there’s sure to be something for your family on this list of the 10 best beach hotels for kids. As a beach-loving mama, I couldn’t resist including a couple of my favorites too!

10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids ~ Recommended by Family Travel Experts

Grande Dame of Beach Hotels

Hotel Del Coronado ~ Coronado, California

Your family will feel like royalty during a stay at Hotel Del Coronado on the Coronado peninsula across from downtown San Diego. Look familiar? The Del's turreted architecture inspired the design of Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel. A tourist attraction in its own right, many people come just for the day to “The Del” ~ as it's known to locals. This hotel is renowned for its extravagant weekend brunch, its fancy-schmancy shops, and, of course, its immaculate stretch of beach. Adding to its old-school charm and glamorous vibe, many movies have been filmed here, most notably Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe. During the summer, the resort offers family-friendly activities like Beach Bonfires and Movies on the Beach. During the winter holidays, visitors and guests alike can take a spin on its oceanside outdoor ice skating rink. The Hotel del Coronado is truly worth of a visit year-round.

– Colleen Lanin, Travel Mamas

Hotel del Coronado ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Hotel del Coronado (Photo credit: Hotel del Coronado)

Most Incredibly Themed Beach Hotel for Kids

Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana ~ Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

For a family friendly beach getaway sure to please parents and kids alike, Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana makes a fantastic choice. Parents will enjoy five-star accommodations, pampering amenities and all-inclusive dining. Meanwhile kids will love an over-the-top water park, kids club fun and non-stop entertainment. The resort features a choice of two pools – an infinity pool overlooking the beach and a pool at Aqua Nick featuring a lazy river, splash center, slides, water cannons and a zero-entry play area for young kids. The resort’s vast beach features cabanas and drink service. For pool loving families, the resort’s Swim-Up Suites are a unique option. To learn more, read my full Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana review now.

– Lyla Gleason, Travel Mamas and Globetrotting Mommy

Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana ~10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

Best Beach Resort for Kids of All Ages

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific ~ Ixtapa, Mexico

Sapphire-blue Pacific water meets the golden sand of Playa Quieta to create a wonderful setting for a fabulous resort that welcomes every member of your family. Club Med Ixtapa Pacific offers spacious, renovated rooms, lush gardens and grounds, two great pools, plus all the usual Club Med activities. For young children, there's the Mini Club for kids aged 4 and up, the Petit Club for guests aged 2 to 4, and the Baby Club, for babies as young as 4 months. Tweens and teens also have their own club, Juniors' Club Med for ages 11 to 17. You'll also find baby-welcoming amenities like cribs, high chairs, baby baths, baby food and snacks, as well as several stations for preparing baby's food and bottles.

– Corinne McDermott, Have Baby Will Travel

Club Med Ixtapa ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Club Med Ixtapa (Photo credit: Club Med)

Most Superb Tropical Beach Resort

Hilton Waikoloa Village ~ Big Island, Hawaii

With its lagoon surrounded by white sandy beaches, three unique pools, relaxing spa, two championship golf courses, and dolphin program, it’s hard to beat the family friendly fun at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii. Where else can you snorkel with sea turtles, slide down a 175-foot waterslide, take a luxurious coconut milk bath, and chow down Polynesian style at a luau without ever leaving the resort? Kids will love the crafts, games, and water activities they can participate in at the resort’s Camp Menehune, while parents experience some child-free time participating in one of Waikoloa Village’s many activities or simply savoring some peace and quite at the adults-only pool. With so much to do at this tropical island resort, your family may never want to board that airplane home!

– Sharlene Earnshaw, Trekaroo

Hilton Waikoloa's four-acre lagoon ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Hilton Waikoloa's four-acre lagoon (Photo credit: Hilton Waikoloa)

Best Beach Hotel within a National Park

Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort ~ Sagres, Portugal

Located in the Algarve region of Portugal, the Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort opened in 2010 within a National Park. This beautiful family resort offers a number of family-friendly amenities, including an extensive kids club, a baby concierge, kids’ menus in the restaurants (including purees), and more. As a beach resort, there are lots of family beach activities, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and windsurfing. Adventurous families can also rent bikes on property, play tennis, and participate in activities such as baby disco and mocktail creation.

– Jodi Grundig, Family Travel Magazine
Martinhal Beach at Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Martinhal Beach at Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort (Photo credit: Lola Akerstrom from Martinhal.com)

Amazing Hotel for Kids with a Private Beach

Shangri-la's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa ~ Borneo, Malaysia

Shangri-la's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa in Kota Kinabalu is one of Asia's best beach resorts. In addition to a small beach in front of the resort, you can take a boat from the onsite STAR Marina to the resort's private beach on remote Mamutik Island. Here, the snorkeling and shelling is quite amazing. (It is Borneo, after all!) On our last visit, staff members knew where a cluster of clownfish were swarming around some blue coral so took us out to see them, leading my daughter with a buoy to deeper waters. My daughter still calls the spot “Nemo's house.” They delivered a picnic lunch from the resort to the beach for us. You can also sign up for fishing or diving trips, parasailing, banana boat rides and more from this amazing resort.

– Katie Dillon, La Jolla Mom

Mamutik Island Private Beach at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Mamutik Island Private Beach at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (Photo credit: Shangri-La)

Most Pampering Beach Hotel for Kids

Azul Beach Hotel ~ Riviera Maya, Mexico

I have at least a half-dozen favorite family-friendly beach hotels, but one that really stands out among my frequent tropical vacations in Mexico is the all-inclusive 98-room Azul Beach Hotel. Kids are greeted with smoothies (parents get champagne!). The resort partners with Fisher-Price, so you can borrow toys for use during your stay. Also on complimentary loan for little ones: a baby monitor, stroller, bathtub, bottle warmer and more. For older children (ages four to 12), every day brings fun activities at the Azulitos Kids' Club. My family loved lolling on one of the comfortable beach beds just steps from the ocean, especially because we enjoyed the services of our very own beach butler! He brought us cold drinks and offered snacks, and when we left our bed to frolic in the mellow waves, he'd fluff the pillows, tidy it up, and leave our kids towel animals!

If Azul Beach is booked when you're looking to travel consider the sister property, Azul Sensatori, just down the beach. This is a newer and bigger property, with 438 spacious rooms, including guaranteed family connecting suites. Both Azul properties are near Puerto Morelos, on the Riviera Maya, a short 20-minute drive from Cancun International Airport.

– Kara Williams, The Vacation Gals

Azul Beach Hotel ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Azul Beach Hotel (Photo from AzulRivieraMaya.com)

Awesome Active Family's Beach Resort

The Breakers ~ Palm Beach, Florida

I get restless on the beach so it’s always important for my family to find beach hotels that have plenty of alternate activities. The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida fits this requirement in every way. Golf, tennis, a world-class spa, boating, croquet, shopping, excellent restaurants…check! They also offer top-notch children’s amenities including a kids’ club for ages 3 to 12 and an enormous game room. There’s no getting bored at this hotel, even in bad weather. Top it off, the service is exceptional and there is nothing that staff won’t do to ensure every age is happy and relaxed while on vacation.

– Amie O’Shaunessy, Ciao Bambino

The Breakers Palm Beach ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

The Breakers Palm Beach (Photo credit: The Breakers)

Dreamiest Beach Hotel for Pool-Loving Families

Beaches Negril ~ Negril, Jamaica

The seven-mile beach at Beaches Negril is a stunner. But you might have a hard time convincing your kiddos to leave the pool complex at this all-inclusive resort. Waterslides, fountains, a lazy river and swim-up smoothie bar delight pool-loving families. What's more, mom and dad can spend some alone time refreshing at the spa while kids attend kids clubs separated by age for babies, toddlers, pre-teens and teenagers. The preschooler set will adore character meals and bedtime tuck-ins with their favorite Sesame Street personalities like Cookie Monster and Zoe. Would I like to return to this beach hotel for kids? Ya mon, I would! Read my full review of Beaches Negril now.

– Colleen Lanin, Travel Mamas

Beaches Negril ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Beaches Negril (Photo credit: Beaches)

Best Beach Hotel for a Bit of Everything

Caribe Hilton ~ San Juan, Puerto Rico

Home of the original pina colada, Puerto Rico's Caribe Hilton entertains your young'uns while you can indulge in tropical adult beverages and delicious cuisine as the hip and casual Caribar. With lounge chairs literally resting on the secluded beach, get ready to relax while your kids frolic in the sand. Stay busy all day right on the property with the Caribe's many family-friendly activities including water sports such as kayaking and SNUBA (a super cool combination of scuba diving and snorkeling). If luxury is your idea of a good idea of a good time, consider renting a large cabana, which includes an hour of water sports, a fresh tropical fruit platter and ice bucket of cold waters. Caribe boasts VIP treatment for kids including: three oceanfront pools, a kids' fountain pool, an outdoor playground, a basketball hoop (which my husband loved too), mini golf, kids' tennis lessons, kids' spa packages, fish feeding at the pier of koi pond, video arcade, children's food menus and babysitting services.

– Lisa Grabelle, Hilton Mom Voyage and We Said Go Travel

Caribe Hilton's beachfront property ~ Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Caribe Hilton's beachfront property (Photo credit: Hilton Hotels)

Learn More and Book Your Beach Hotel Now

No matter which of these beach hotels you choose, your family is sure to have a ball and create lifelong memories. Read reviews of these resorts on TripAdvisor and book your beach hotel vacation by clicking the links below.

Grand Dame of Beach Hotels ~ Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado/San Diego, California

Most Incredibly Themed Beach Hotel for Kids ~ Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Best Beach Resort for Kids of All Ages ~ Club Med Ixtapa Pacific in Ixtapa, Mexico

Most Superb Tropical Beach Resort ~ Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island, Hawaii

Best Beach Hotel within a National Park ~ Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort in Sagres, Portugal

Amazing Hotel for Kids with a Private Beach ~ Shangri-la's Tangjung Aru Resort and Spa in Borneo, Malaysia

Most Pampering Hotel for Kids ~ Azul Beach Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Awesome Active Family's Resort ~ The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida

Dreamiest Hotel for Pool-Loving Families ~ Beaches Negril in Negril, Jamaica

Best Beach Hotel for a Bit of Everything ~ Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico

If you liked this story, you'll love our round-up of the Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA!

What are your favorite beach hotels for kids? Let us know in the comments below!

This story originally posted in 2010 and was updated in 2017 with new fabulous beach hotels for kids.

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. Thank you to all of the incredible family travel bloggers who sent me their recommendations for the best beach hotels for kids! I am absolutely drooling over all of the destinations!

  2. Thank you Colleen for putting together this wonderful list! I can’t wait to shar it with Trekaroo readers.

  3. What a wonderful list!! Now, I am off to check out and see how am I going to fit all these destination to our trips. 🙂

  4. I’d like to add Paradisus Playa Conchal resort in Costa Rica – excellent kids club activities and family adventure!!

  5. Lovely photos. All of those beaches looks interesting. Thanks for putting that list. I want to visit one of those with my family.

  6. I came to the site to look up hotels in Waikiki. Lots of good, practical, family friendly advice here!

  7. Those places all sound sooo nice, and are gorgeous, Im wishing I was in a few of those places right now. Thanks for all the great family travel information.

  8. Well this is really such a nice information about the most favorite beach hotels for kids, as i have seen that many people do not thing about the kids when they are choosing any hotels but your suggestion might keep them in mind. Thanks for post.

  9. I like that Club Med has programs for kids of all different ages. I think that a lot of resorts could take their lead on that.

  10. Not only are your choices amazing, I love the variety based on what you might be looking for. I live in San Diego and take my kids to the beach at the Hotel Del whenever we visit the beach. I can’t wait to try some of your other recommended sites! Thanks!

  11. Definitely those are the amazing beach destinations where kids enjoying every moment without any worry about their homework 🙂

  12. Tamala Prickett says:

    Hello,
    I am again going to throw in there Carlise Bay in Antigua! I also think that Rosemary Beach and Water Color in Florida are great spots for families! They both have kids clubs and tons of activities for the entire family.

  13. I love the Hilton Waikoloa. I stayed there the last time when I was in the Big Island and my kids loved swimming with the dolphins. Really fun place for kids.

  14. Good list – I wish more of the east coast beaches had been covered, I will probably never get to Hawaii or Antigua (I have got some really good jazz albums from the festivals down there). The Myrtle Beach resorts oceanfront properties are quite good, and there is a lot to do down there!

  15. This is an amazing list. Beaches are some the best trips with babies and toddlers since they don’t have to be confined to a stroller and can play forever in the sand! We love all-inclusives too, especially with a picky-eating toddler. For more info on beach amenities and walks with kids in Coronado, see http://beachforbaby.com/portfolio-item/coronado

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Thanks for swinging by and commenting, Katie! I took a peek at your site and love all of the CA beach reviews. I’m sure I’ll be recommending your site to others!

  16. What a lovely beaches and hotels for kids here. Will try to check them out as well and surely kids will love them. Nice share!

  17. please, I need recommendations fro travelling. we are a couple with a 21 months baby. we’re traveling to miami on May 24 for 10 days. we would like to find a smanll city with alternatives to eat cheap, cheap supermarkets and outlets; and of course a beautiful beach. We were thinking Naples, or Clearwater, or Sarasota. what are your recommendations? Thanks in advance

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Natalia – Having never personally been to any of the three destinations you’re considering, I asked my family travel blogger friends for their recommendations. I got four votes for Clearwater, one vote for Sarasota and one suggestion to check out Treasure Island just north of Clearwater. I hope that helps! You might find this story on best Florida destinations handy too: https://travelmamas.com/best-florida-family-vacation-destinations/

  18. robin rue says:

    These all sound like great places to stay. I live right off of Cape Cod, so I get the beach all summer long, which is sooooo nice.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Oh, you’re so lucky, Robin! I lived in San Diego for 15 years and must admit that I miss the beach!

  19. I am so bookmarking this. It’s important to know the vibe of a hotel before you book it when you’re traveling with kids. Not all hotels are kid-friendly.

  20. I’ve always wanted to stay at the Hotel Del Coronado. I would have thought they were not kid friendly…but that’s great that they are. We hope to stay there when we do a California trip!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      The Del has just been purchased by Hilton, so you can earn/use points when you stay there now, too!

  21. I’m SO HAPPY that one of these is less than 3 hours from my front door. Thank you so much for sharing. Palm Beach here we come. Going to get there before this summer comes to an end

  22. Thank you so much for this list! As a mom of 4, I’m always looking for family-friendly places to stay when we travel!

  23. These are some really good choices. It would be nice to be right by the beach and also have some other fun activities nearby.

  24. Wow, that beach resort in Portugal looks amazing. Although I haven’t stayed at the Coronado, we passed through. It looked so cool.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      The Hotel Del is so fun to visit, even just for the day. But, I agree, I want to go to Martinhal Sagres in Portugal!

  25. These all look so amazing! The Nickelodeon Hotel in the Dominican looks so awesome! We will have to book one of these hotels for our next family vacation.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Yes, I’m a bit jealous of The Globetrotting Travel Mama that she got the chance to visit the Nick Hotel Punta Cana!

  26. All of these destinations looks amazing! The one in Puerto Rico looks so fun, that lazy river and the slide! Ahhh my kids and husband would have a blast!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      I love me a good lazy river. What better way to spend a day being lazy in the sun?!

  27. It’s good to know these resorts when you’re planning a vacation with the kids. It’s going to be so much easier for us parents to relax when we take them to a place that’s all about making the vacation perfect for them! Love this list!

  28. I would love to share this post with friends! I’m sure they’ll appreciate it. I think kids deserve to enjoy in a hotel especially during the summer. If they’re busy enjoying you’ll also have more time relaxing and hearing no one complain or demand! Lol.

  29. It sounds like the kids and I have a few new places to visit! Loving every single one on the list. Gorgeous options!

  30. We’ve actually been to one of these! I couldn’t agree more with how kid-friendly some of these places are. Great list!

  31. These sound like some great hotels to take kids too! I would love to take our kids to some of these on the list! Thanks for sharing.

  32. Our Family World says:

    Looks like really cool places to take the family too. I love every one of them. If I only have a lot of money, I would take my family to each and every one of them!

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