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Whether splashing in ocean 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 families. Of course, as a beach-loving mama, I included a couple of my favorites, too. No matter if you prefer relaxation and pampering or non-stop activities galore, there’s sure to be something for your family on this list of the 10 best beach hotels for kids. Best of all, we’ve partnered with Travelocity so you can save when you book your beach holiday today.

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Hotel del Coronado ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Hotel del Coronado (Photo credit: Hotel del Coronado)

Hotel Del Coronado ~ Coronado, California

Grande Dame of Beach Hotels

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 its immaculate stretch of beach. Adding to the resort’s 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 the Del’s oceanside outdoor ice skating rink. The Hotel del Coronado is truly worth of a visit year-round.

~ Colleen Lanin, Travel Mamas

Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana ~10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana ~ Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Most Incredibly Themed Beach Hotel for Kids

For a beach getaway sure to please the whole family, 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. The latter features 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, Nick’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

Club Med Ixtapa ~ Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Club Med Ixtapa (Photo credit: Club Med)

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific ~ Ixtapa, Mexico

Best Beach Resort for Kids of All Ages

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 rooms, lush gardens grounds, two great pools, plus all the usual Club Med activities. For young children, there’s the Mini Club for kids ages 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

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

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

Hilton Waikoloa Village ~ Big Island, Hawaii

Most Superb Tropical Beach Resort

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 at the resort’s Camp Menehune. Meanwhile parents can participate in one of Waikoloa Village’s many activities or simply savor 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

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)

Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort ~ Sagres, Portugal

Best Beach Hotel within a National Park

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-focused amenities. You’ll find an extensive kids club, a baby concierge, kids’ menus in the restaurants (including purees) and more. There are lots of beach activities, too, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and windsurfing. Adventurous families can also rent bikes, play tennis, and participate in activities such as baby disco and mocktail creation.

~ Jodi Grundig, Family Travel Magazine

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)

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

Amazing Hotel for Kids with a Private Beach

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 they 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 even 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

Azul Beach Hotel ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Azul Beach Hotel (Photo from AzulRivieraMaya.com)

Azul Beach Hotel ~ Riviera Maya, Mexico

Most Pampering Beach Hotel for Kids

I have at least a half-dozen favorite family beach hotels, but one that really stands out among my frequent tropical vacations in Mexico is the all-inclusive 98-room Azul Beach Hotel Riviera Maya. 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 4 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!

~ Kara Williams, The Vacation Gals

The Breakers Palm Beach ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

The Breakers Palm Beach (Photo credit: The Breakers)

The Breakers ~ Palm Beach, Florida

Awesome Active Family’s Beach Resort

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 Palm Beach in 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. To top it off, the service is exceptional and there’s nothing that staff won’t do to ensure every age is happy and relaxed while on vacation.

~ Amie O’Shaunessy, Ciao Bambino

Beaches Negril ~ 10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids

Beaches Negril (Photo credit: Beaches)

Beaches Negril ~ Negril, Jamaica

Dreamiest Beach Hotel for Pool-Loving Families

The seven-mile beach at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa 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! To learn more, read my full review of Beaches Negril.

~ Colleen Lanin, Travel Mamas

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

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

Caribe Hilton ~ San Juan, Puerto Rico

Best Beach Hotel for a Bit of Everything

Home of the original piña colada, Puerto Rico’s Caribe Hilton entertains young’uns while adults can indulge in tropical adult beverages and delicious cuisine at the hip and casual Caribar. With lounge chairs resting on the secluded beach, parents can relax while kids frolic in the sand. Stay busy all day right on property with the Caribe’s many activities including water sports, such as kayaking and SNUBA (a super cool combination of scuba diving and snorkeling). Consider renting a beach cabana, which includes an hour of water sports, a fresh tropical fruit platter and ice bucket of cold waters. Families love their three oceanfront pools, a kiddie fountain pool, an outdoor playground, a basketball hoop, mini golf, children’s tennis lessons, kids’ spa packages, fish feeding at the pier of a koi pond, a video arcade, children’s food menus, and babysitting services.

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


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About Colleen Lanin

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. There’s still a Nick hotel? Oh yes, I do want to go with my son. He would love to visit but ours is closed down.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I hope you can make your way to the Nick Hotel in the Dominican Republic with your son someday soon!

  2. Foodie Finds Home says

    What an amazing list! The resort in Borneo looks like heaven. I can’t wait to visit some of these places and hopefully soon!

  3. Ashley Nicole Rice says

    Oh my goodness! The Hilton Waikoloa Village one looks amazing!! Really all of them look and sound fantastic but that is at the top of this list for me to try out!

  4. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says

    With or without kids, these beach hotels are wonderful vacation spots. My sister and her daughter are planning for a vacation somewhere. I will send her the link to this post.

  5. Thanks for putting this list together! I’ll have to check them out!

  6. Jessica Hughes says

    Such a great article as I’m alwyas looking for great hotels, but ones that are also kid friendly! Will definitely check these out!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      A truly family-focused hotel can make all the difference between a so-so vacation and an incredible one!

  7. Ntensibe Edgar Michael says

    The “Azul Beach Hotel”…..I love this place, ALWAYS! I don’t know about you….

  8. Danielle Rice says

    This is a great article to come across as I’m planning my family vacation. I can’t imagine not traveling without my kids. I want them to experience the fun along with me! Great list

  9. Elizabeth O says

    What a lovely selection of places to stay with kids. Traveling with kids is hard work so, finding accommodations that suit their temperament is key.

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