A look at 6 of the best kid-friendly resorts

If you’re ready to plan your next vacation in the sun, there are plenty of kid-friendly resorts to choose from, with amenities ranging from nanny service to kids’ clubs, and all kinds of activities to keep the whole family entertained. You can choose to stay stateside or enjoy an international getaway in Mexico or the Caribbean. Whichever kid-friendly resort you pick, you’ll have memories to last you a lifetime.

Kid-friendly resorts in the United States

There’s no shortage of kids’ resorts on our shores, which might actually make it difficult to pick the one best suited to your family. Making a list of amenities you’d like can help narrow the field. Is there a kids’ club with fun activities? Does the resort help with finding babysitters? Are there children’s menus at the resort's restaurants? Are there special facilities for teens? Another important consideration is the location, and Florida and Hawaii are 2 popular destinations.

A kid-friendly resort on Oahu, HI

The Aulani Disney Resort & Spa sits on the beaches of Ko Olina on the leeward coast of Oahu. This family-friendly, 20-acre resort offers a complimentary kids’ club for children ages 3 to 12, and there are also activities for teens. You can enjoy the calm ocean waters, or opt for one of the many pools, some reserved for kids.

A historic kid-friendly resort in Palm Beach, FL

First built in the late 19th century, The Breakers, Palm Beach resort, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The entire family can partake in activities together with special family fitness classes or family golf clinics. Or kids can give parents some time off and join their peers at Camp Breakers. There’s plenty to do at this kid-friendly oceanfront resort.

Best resorts for kids in Mexico

Maybe your family is ready to hop over the border to Mexico for a vacation with an international flair. Do you prefer a view of the Pacific Ocean, Banderas Bay, the Caribbean Sea, or the Gulf of Mexico? There are plenty of kid-friendly resorts to choose from in those locations, many with all-inclusive options.

An all-inclusive resort on Banderas Bay

The Hard Rock Hotel, Puerto Vallarta is a haven for kids. The all-inclusive resort has a kids’ club for children ages 4 to 12, and a fun lounge for teens that includes video game consoles, arcade games, and iPads. There’s an outdoor pool with waterslides that's reserved for kids, where they can also play water polo and volleyball, plus listen to some kid-friendly music. This kid-friendly resort also offers watersports on the beach and even swimming with dolphins.

Secluded all-inclusive kids’ resort on the Caribbean Sea

The Moon Palace Cancun, a 3-in-1, all-inclusive, kid-friendly resort, faces the Caribbean Sea south of Cancun’s hotel zone. This kids’ resort is brimming with fun activities from a colorful playroom with an indoor playground, ball pit, and screening room, to a hip lounge for teens with arcade games and video game consoles. With 7 pools and direct beach access, there’s plenty of fun for all. There are also family suites that sleep 5, and some come with free nanny services.

Kid-friendly, all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean

Another popular vacation destination is the Caribbean, an area covering over 1,000,000 sq m of azure seas and more than 700 islands. Kid-friendly resorts abound, and, like Mexico, many are all-inclusive. A Caribbean getaway is guaranteed to create lasting memories of family fun.

A sprawling kid-friendly resort on Grace Bay

Beaches Turks & Caicos, an expansive all-inclusive kids’ resort, faces beautiful turquoise waters. Kids have access to the 45,000 sq ft water park, a lounge filled with Xbox consoles, kids’ camps for all ages, and a dedicated teen disco, plus Sesame Street character meet-and-greets. With 21 restaurants, even picky eaters are bound to find food they’ll love.

A kids' resort on Jamaica's north coast

Franklin D. Resort sits on a lush, 3-acre property with a tranquil private beach. It’s smaller and more low-key than other all-inclusive resorts, yet still offers many of the same amenities, including a kids’ club with tons of activities and facilities geared at teens. The biggest draw at this kid-friendly resort is a vacation nanny assigned to each family as part of the all-inclusive perks.