The only thing better than a family getaway to Florida is an all-inclusive resort vacation in the Sunshine State.
You won’t have to fret about where you’ll go, as you’ll be in proximity to all your must-see destinations. You definitely won’t have to stress about where you’ll eat, as you can explore everything from upscale dining to family-friendly food.
This guide will explore 9 of the top all-inclusive family resorts throughout Florida. Get your flight tickets ready, as you’re going to want to take a getaway ASAP.
Starting this list is the famed Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club, a beachfront property declared the top family hotel in the United States. The resort has also received awards from TripAdvisor, Veranda, U.S. News & World Report, Travel + Leisure, and Conde Nast Traveler.
It’s a cost-effective family vacay option with free parking and no resort fees. Step onto the crystal clear sands of Florida beaches with your own slice of luxury at the 500-foot private beach (there’s none of its kind larger in Broward County).
The 9,000-square-foot swimming pool, with its lagoon stylings and lulling palms, is the ideal backdrop for lazy days spent under the Florida sun.
You and the children won’t question what to do for a minute of your vacation when you can spend your time playing beach volleyball, pickleball, golf, shuffleboard, tennis, foosball, or basketball.
Don’t miss the children’s playground if sports aren’t your thing. You should also check in with the concierge about making the most of your vacation, as you can get hooked up with local sightseeing tours, watersports, and shopping.
You can also take in Florida’s amazing culture, as the resort is close to great experiences like the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and the NSU Art Museum.
Your every craving will be satisfied during your stay. Room service is always available when you’re too tired or relaxed to leave.
Ocean Grill serves casual fare on weekends, and the Soda Shop has the same casual atmosphere. It will quickly become your children’s favorite, with a bakery and plenty of sweets. You can also pick up snacks from the deli.
The Palm Garden Dining Room and Seagrape Terrace and Acquario are upscale spots, with the former serving breakfast and a la carte lunch and the latter cooking up sumptuous dinners with worldwide culinary inspirations.
Rooms, suites, and penthouses are available. I’d recommend suites for you and the family, with single-bedroom and two-bedroom options ready for booking. Splurging for a room with a view will create an evocative vacation atmosphere. The suites are for four to six people.
Your stay includes luxe features such as granite bathroom counters, HD TV with more than 60 channels, safes, in-room movies, and clock radios with iPod docks.
Port St. Lucie
Sandpiper Bay Resort calls itself “America’s favorite all-inclusive family resort.” Those are certainly big shoes to fill (well, as much as a resort can fill in shoes, that is), so let’s see how the Sandpiper stacks up.
You and the kids can get sporty with activities like mini golf, basketball, ping-pong, bocce ball, and soccer available with your stay. I love the watersport selection offered here (albeit for an additional fee), as you can go paddleboarding, sailing, or kayaking.
The main pool is open daily, and adults can relax in the spa between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (so could older kids if that’s their sort of thing).
The family programming and clubs here are some of the best in Florida. The Baby Club is for children between four and 23 months. You can enroll toddlers in the Petit Club for children two to three years old.
The Mini Club is for children four to 10 years old, and Latitude 27 is for older kids between 11 and 17. The age-appropriate activities will allow your kids to play with others their age as they learn skills from arts and crafts to cooking.
Sandpiper also has a Pajama Club for overnight stays. All kids’ programs and clubs are available for an additional fee.
The Slice Bar & Slice Terrace are great for grabbing a bite to eat. If you want to settle down and have a meal, you’ll enjoy the cozy, casual ambiance and large-screened TVs.
Marketplace is a spot for grabbing breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The executive chefs that lead the menu here will fill your bellies with something delectable.
The Junior Family Suite is the perfect spot for your brood to get some R&R between meals and activities. It has one king-sized bed, one twin bunk bed, garden or bay views, and a tub/shower. Three meals a day are included with your stay.
Lake Buena Vista
Disney magic awaits you at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, which is right on the grounds of Disney World.
Get to and from the park easily via complimentary park transportation. You can also schedule every last aspect of your itinerary through the Disney Planning Center.
Goofy and friends come to the park twice a week for breakfast experiences your children will adore, especially if they’re younger. Nosh on an endless breakfast buffet with mouthwatering Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, and filling omelets.
You can even schedule a private character dining experience at any private event space on the grounds (for an additional fee).
Do you know all the secrets Disney World has to offer? Would you like to? Four Seasons offers a guided VIP tour that customizes park itineraries according to what you’d like to do. Further, you get shortened ride lines so you can see everything you wish.
If you didn’t fill up to the brim at Disney World, the Four Seasons offers scrumptious dining with sophisticated rooftop options and Masterdishes served by Fabrizio Schenardi, the restaurant’s executive chef.
The average Four Seasons room or suite can accommodate two children and two adults with a king-sized mattress or two queen-sized beds, a queen-sized sofa bed, and a crib. The suites are recommended if you need more spacious accommodations, as they’re about 1,000 square feet on average.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress ranked ninth on Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards for Top Orlando Resorts 2021.
The family accommodations are out of this world, as you can get a complimentary shuttle to Universal Orlando Resort or Walt Disney World Resort.
The lagoon-style pool with more than a dozen waterfalls is sure to attract the kids’ interest, and you can also go rock climbing on the resort grounds. The Mini-Golf Water Slide is a five-hole mini golf course perfect for the kiddos.
How about some watersports during your Florida getaway? You can go kayaking, hydrobiking, paddle boating, sailing, or canoeing on the pristine waters. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress also offers a fire pit, beach volleyball, and an indoor arcade for beating the heat.
Dine poolside at On the Rocks, marvel at the 18-story Lobby Bar with its large glass windows, or grab Japanese food at the Lakehouse Sushi Bar.
The Lakehouse Restaurant & Bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week and overlooks stunning Lake Windsong. Four Flamingos is led by Chef Richard Blais. The restaurant’s tropical atmosphere and excellent food make it a standout.
The resort has more than 770 rooms and 46 suites, so whether you’re traveling with a smaller or larger family group, you can find lodging to accommodate you.
The Executive Suite is comfortable at 720 square feet, affording guests a chaise lounge, sleeper sofa, extra bathrooms, balcony, and king-sized bed.
Family togetherness begins at a place like FantasyWorld, the ultimate resort for making your dreams come true.
The Recreational Building has daily activities by the hour. Children can build their own teddy bears (the perfect souvenir), tie-dye shirts, make snow cones, get a glitter tattoo, do arts and crafts, or participate in resort challenges.
That’s only scratching the surface. The resort also offers pool table equipment, shuffleboard, cornhole, free DVDs, and other sports equipment. The Activities Center shows free movies with popcorn, there’s kids’ bingo, and you can keep the children entertained on a scavenger hunt or trivia.
I haven’t even mentioned the best part yet, the water attractions! FantasyWorld has its own water park, three hot tubs, and two heated pools. The water park offers rentable private cabanas, an outdoor fireplace, several three-story water slides, a 789-foot lazy river, a children’s splash pad, and a zero-entry pool.
All the water park features are heated, so if you’re in Florida on those rare chilly days, you can still have a blast with the kids.
River Landing Pool Bar is part of the water park and offers casual fare beginning at noon. You can also fill your belly with smoothies, coffee, and snacks at various other stops. Room service is available.
The villas at FantasyWorld have room for six. These luxurious two-story accommodations feature Mediterranean-inspired room décor, a washer and dryer, private bedrooms, and full kitchens. Some of the rooms are even dog-friendly.
See a different side of Florida by visiting Amelia Island, the home of such attractions as the Amelia Island Museum of History and Fort Clinch State Park. The island’s Ritz-Carlton is a perfect inclusive family resort for your travels.
The dreamy circle pool with its protruding palms is a welcoming sight, and the golf here will tantalize any adult, but what’s in it for the kiddos? There are plenty of child-friendly experiences awaiting that teach the wonders of the island.
What kind of cuisine do you crave for your island vacation? The food here is mostly American at establishments like the casual Dune Bar, the Tidewater Grill, Coast, or Salt. However, you can try Spanish food at Coquina or combine cuisines at The Lobby Bar.
A stay at a Ritz-Carlton suite is something to be remembered. The rooms overlook the glimmering ocean and come with several large beds or one large bed and a sofa sleeper to accommodate your group.
Drink in balcony views while you enjoy a marble bathroom with an oversized tub, plush bedding, a living space, soundproof windows, and two televisions.
An idyllic family getaway is calling your name at Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, an ode to the stunning nature of Florida’s coast.
Check the event calendar, as something fun always happens here. You can go parasailing, have a picnic, ride a seaplane, go jet skiing, or meet a dolphin. Parents shouldn’t miss the Wellness Salon, a chance to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate with services like massages, hair, lashes, nails, and makeup.
Let your appetite be your guide when dining in this Key Largo resort. You can’t go wrong no matter what you choose, especially at Calusa, where executive chef Charles Trexel works his culinary magic. Pool bars and tiki bars are great options for filling your cup or your belly.
The range of rooms offered at Baker’s Cay is nothing short of impressive. The Hammock Wing rooms are 335 square feet and cozy for smaller families but feature an open-air terrace and hammock relaxation options.
You can also select from waterfront rooms with dual queen or king-sized beds. These rooms are still cozy at under 400 square feet. The Junior Suites have sleeper sofas and a king bedroom.
I love the Baker’s Cay Suites, which are perfect for larger groups. These 700-square-foot rooms feature accommodations for the whole family, including an open-air terrace, pool views, a living area, a full kitchenette, and two bedrooms.
St. Pete Beach
Escape to St. Pete Beach at the alluring Tradewinds Island Resort for your Florida vacation. This exotic getaway has everything you need for kids of all ages and Moms and Dads too.
The playground sits right on the beach, so your kids can take a dip in the cool, refreshing water when they get warm.
Aquabanas are for when the kids want to swim but you want to relax, as you can have both! These floating cabanas feature an overhang for staying cool. Floating loungers are also available.
How about playing some pickleball, a fun family sport? You could also play some competitive beach volleyball, go kayaking, ride the water on a paddleboat, try fishing, or ride an inflatable banana boat.
There is so much more to do at Tradewinds. The kids can explore the aquarium exhibit and touch creatures like sea urchins. They can also dive into the resort’s 33,000-gallon aquarium and swim amongst 31 fish species for an additional fee.
Magic shows, family pirate shows, treasure mining, beach games, parasailing, dolphin tours, zip lining…need I go on? Sure! Dive-in movies let you and the kids watch films on a big screen from the pool.
Children can make seashell nightlights or a custom nautical photo frame. The 200-foot High Tide Water Slide will get the kids’ hearts pumping. Make sure to eat s’mores every night between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the SandBox beach lounge.
Tradewinds will even facilitate family photos, giving you priceless mementos of your time together.
All that fun will certainly make you hungry. Tradewinds has four full-service restaurants: Rumfish Grill with an oversized aquarium that appeared on the TV show Tanked on Animal Planet, Palm Court Italian Grill, the casual Gulfside Grill, and the Flying Bridge with its beach deck and family-friendly atmosphere.
Would you rather grab some grub and be on your way? No problem! You can find a Pizza Hut Express, food trucks, delis, and an ice cream shop around the hotel.
Sleep in the lap of luxury in a hotel room or villa. The villas can accommodate up to six, so they’re my choice. Some have poolside views and offer premium features like a walkout patio, in-room movies, and high-def, flat-screen TV.
Your dream vacation starts at the Sandpearl, a Clearwater Beach resort with a 700-foot private beach. The kids can immerse themselves in sea life with eco-tours and behind-the-scenes tours to meet sea turtles and dolphins.
Next, it’s time to experience the sea firsthand with kayaking on the Pinellas County estuary or fishing on Pier 60. This 1,080-foot pier also includes snacks, drinks, and shops.
Take a dip in the zero-entry lagoon pool with towel service, lounge chairs, and refreshments offered. The pool is temperature-controlled. Rent a cabana with a couch and HDTV, or hang on the pool deck with beach toys and kids’ TV.
Camp Ridley is Sandpearl’s kids’ club for children between five and 10 years old. The camp regularly leads groups through exciting activities like arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and nature walks.
Imagine dining overlooking the ocean at sunset. You can at Caretta. Its Gulf views are almost as good as its succulent menu, which includes kids’ fare.
Tate Island Grill is right by the pool and beach, so it’s very accessible. The Marketplace serves pastries, Starbucks coffee, and other quick bites to start your day off right. You can also explore in-room dining.
Lodge in single- or two-bedroom suites, the latter of which offers king- or queen-sized beds and spacious accommodations up to 1,680 square feet. Your room will include laundry facilities, a private balcony, a dining area, a kitchen, a queen-sized sleeper sofa, and living space.