5 Family Beach Getaway Resorts

Jocelyn Murray November 8, 2012 No Comments


These resorts make for perfect family escapes for those looking for a little fun in the warmth of the sun. Their gorgeous locations and plenty of onsite and local amenities and attractions make for a memorable visit.


Coral Beach Resort & Suites – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A highly-ranked Atlantic beachfront resort, Coral Beach Resort & Suites is a haven for families with kids of all ages. It boasts activities galore including water sports, an on-site recreation center with arcade, foosball, pool tables, an 8 AMF land bowling alley, 10 pool attractions including a water park with interactive play elements, lazy river, heated indoor pool, two children’s pools, a fitness center, saunas, children’s activity center, karaoke, family magic show, comedians, several dining options, a marketplace, and more.

Coral Beach Resort

Coral Beach Resort & Suites has activities galore for the whole family

Families will feel right at home with the spacious accommodations selections that include private balconies, free wireless internet, and suites with fully-equipped kitchens down to the dinnerware service for 4-6 people. Learn more about the Coral Beach Resort in one of our site reviews Best Family Vacation Spot on the US East Coast.

Myrtle Beach Attractions 

While visiting, take advantage of the wonderful offsite attractions Myrtle Beach has to offer as well. From Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Oceanfront Water Park, to Ripleys Aquarium, Children’s Museum of South Carolina, IMAX 3D Theater, and a host of shopping, theaters, and restaurants, there is plenty to see and do at this lovely destination. For more information on Coral Beach Resort & Suites, visit their website at www.coralbeachmyrtlebeachresort.com


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu – Big Island, Hawaii

Good for a tropical getaway any time of the year, Hawaii offers one of nature’s perfect family retreats:  balmy weather, sandy beaches, warm waters, lush vegetation, and good old fashioned Hawaiian hospitality that makes you say “ahhh” the moment you step off the plane.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu

The aerial view above the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu is stunning (courtesy of Peter French)

Resting on the beautiful shores of a white sandy beach, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu is a wonderful choice for families with children. It offers spacious rooms and suites with modern amenities, lanais (porches), and dining and living rooms, all beautifully decorated with luxury and comfort in mind. The resort features seven swimming pools including a children’s pool with water toys to keep tots happily entertained. There is tennis, golf, a spa and fitness center, a rock-climbing wall, shops, onsite restaurants and lounges for delicious dining, and much more. There are plenty of amenities for children as well, including toddler activities and babysitting services for parents who want a little time to themselves.

Some of the resort’s complimentary activities include basketball, foosball, ping-pong, a playground, Hawaiian arts & crafts, flower lei making, movies, puzzles, games and treasure hunts. Kids ages 5 to 12 will enjoy the supervised program with its exciting activities planned just for them. Older children and adults can hang out in the game and activity center which includes six video game stations, big-screen television and outdoor grassy game area.

Island Activities

The Big Island of Hawaii has wonderful attractions that allow families to explore this paradise together. There are helicopter tours, zipline canopy tours, beautiful state parks and beaches, tide pools and hiking trails, botanical gardens, dolphin encounters, fishing, an astronomy center, and more. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has two active volcanoes, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. Families can also visit the 12-acre Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo with its 80 resident species including monkeys, birds, sloths, a white Bengal tiger, a giant anteater, tortoises and more. For more information on the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai 


Paradise Point Resort & Spa – San Diego, California

Paradise Point Resort & Spa is indeed a piece of island-themed paradise found in beautiful Southern California.  Set on a private 44-acre island on the sapphire waters of Mission Bay, this nirvana offers a variety of family activities, while being close to the many popular attractions of San Diego.  Its bungalow-style guest rooms are tucked among tropical gardens, lagoons and the tranquil sandy shores of the bay.

Paradise Point pool San Diego

One of the five pools at Paradise Point Resort & Spa

The resort features 5 pools, a spa, salon and fitness center, several restaurants, and an island market. Guests can take surf lessons, play golf, basketball, tennis, rent bicycles, Segways, quadracycles, and enjoy the blazing warmth of a bonfire at sunset, right on the beach in one of the 14 bonfire pits. The marina also has a variety of rentals for water sports including kayaks, jet skis, sailboats, speed boats, and paddleboards.

Offsite Family Attractions 

Some of the wonderful attractions in the area include the San Diego Zoo, Belmont Park, Legoland, Birch Aquarium, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The resort offers packages and family deals at special pricing as well. Paradise Point Resort & Spa was also featured in our Top 10 Family Resorts on the West Coast.  For more information visit their website at www.paradisepoint.com


Pearl South Padre – South Padre Island, Texas 

South Padre Island in Texas’s beautiful Gulf Coast is home to Pearl South Padre hotel. This idyllic getaway boasts luxurious accommodations with private balconies commanding gorgeous views. Their hotel guestrooms and beachside condominiums are nestled on the shores of this Texas barrier island bathed in gentle ocean breezes and the warmth of the southern sun. All of the condos have spacious living rooms and fully-equipped kitchens, with one or two bedroom options to serve your family needs.

South Padre Island Beaches

The beaches in South Padre Island are beautiful

Pearl South Padre hotel features a 6,000-square-foot swimming pool with waterfall and swim-up bar, an oversized whirlpool, children’s pool, beach volleyball, parasailing, horseback riding, banana boat rides, wave runners, spa, fitness center, and nearby golf club. Onsite dining and a gift shop are also at the hotel.

South Padre Island

South Padre Island boasts many watersports in addition to those offered by the hotel. There are boat rentals, kiteboarding, ecological tours, and dolphin watches, to name a few. The tranquil shores of South Padre island dotted with seagulls and natural beauty await. For more information on this hotel visit their website at www.pearlsouthpadre.com


South Seas Island Resort – Captiva Island, Florida 

It is no surprise to learn that pirates once claimed the shores of the beautiful Captiva Island just off the southwest coast of Florida. With so much natural splendor, this island is known for its lovely shells, white sandy beaches, and the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Captiva Island Susent

Captiva Island’s glorious sunset

South Seas Island Resort is one of the best ways to explore the natural treasures of Captiva Island. It has a vast array of accommodations to suit today’s diverse family needs. From hotel rooms, villas and cottages, to private homes and condos, there is something here for everyone. What is most attractive about this resort is the endless range of activities including special things like the swim school with programs for kids and toddlers. Stunning beaches, turquoise pools, a host of dining options, shops, water sports, cruises, fishing, golf, tennis, a spa, fitness center and so much more await to rejuvenate the senses. The resort pool complex also boasts a family water park with two water slides, and poolside cabana rentals with stocked mini-refrigerators, cable television, internet access and poolside dining.

A family interactive center on the island provides recreational fun for all ages from tiny tots to kids and teens. Arts and crafts, games, competitions, an arcade and more are sure to keep kids happy. There is even a kids’ night out for children ages 4-11 that includes dinner, crafts and games, so that parents can enjoy a little time on their own as well. Resort specials and packages help make this oasis affordable. For more information on South Seas Island Resort visit their website at www.southseas.com

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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