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Families love to vacation at resorts that offer kids programs, activities for everyone to enjoy together, special amenities for babies, etc. Below you'll find properties in the Caribbean, Disney World, Mexico, more, listed alphabetically. These reviews are from personal visits; see also profiles of many additional family resorts -- by region, resorts with baby care, etc.

Please note that service and amenities change over time: always check recent visitor comments, for any destination!

1. ALPHABETICAL: Animal Kingdom Lodge

family resorts - reviews - Animal Kingdom Lodge, Photo ©  Teresa Plowright
This luxury Walt Disney World property is not only fun, it has astonishing architecture inside and out: guests can even take an interesting tour of the African style and artifacts. This resort has Disney World's largest pool, with waterslide; Simba's Clubhouse kids club; concierge level; activities such as storytelling at night by the firepit. Best of all, watch giraffes and zebras on the Resort's savanna; pick a room with a balcony.

2. Avalon Reef Club, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

kid friendly resorts - reviews - Avalon Reef all inclusive resort - Photo ©  Teresa Plowright
The Avalon Reef Club is on its own private islet, with gentle shallow beach, on Isla Mujeres (a 20-minute boat ride from Cancun.) Take short stroll and explore a laid-back little town. Guests at the Reef Club can eat and play at a sister resort.

3. Beaches Boscobel, Jamaica

Beaches Boscobel all inclusive family resort - Photo ©  Teresa Plowright
Beaches is the family brand of Sandals all inclusive resorts. Beaches Boscobel, on the north coast of Jamaica, has kids' programs, infant care, novelty pools, snorkeling, scuba (part of the "all- nclusive"), golf including a golf-for-kids program, and more.

4. Breezes Curacao

Breezes Curacao kid friendly family all inclusive resort - photo courtesy of Breezes Resorts.
Photo courtesy of Breezes Resorts.
Breezes Curacao Resort Spa & Casino is an all inclusive on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, and "all inclusive" here includes scuba shore dives for ages 12 and up. Guests can snorkel off-shore, and try wind-surfing, trapeze, rock-climbing. Take a shuttle and explore the town of Willemstad, a cultural gem; parts of Willemstad look like an Amsterdam canal street painted with your kids' crayolas. The resort is also a five-minute walk from the Sea Aquarium. Breezes Curacao has a kids' club and nursery care.

5. Center Parcs

Photo ©  Teresa Plowright
Center Parcs has 13 "holiday villages" in northern Europe: each with a huge domed area that houses a tropical pool (slides, waves, etc.), restaurants, shops, spa, and more. Large cottages, country settings, many outdoors activities, indoor playgrounds-- and reasonably priced. See a revie of Center Parcs Les Bois Francs, near Paris.

6. Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Club Med all inclusive resort - Photo ©  Teresa Plowright
Prime location, with 22 acres on its own peninsula, quiet beach areas; PassWorld (special space activities) for teens and tweens; active-style kids club; signature Club Med activities such as trapeze, full-scale theatre; snorkeling off-shore; concierge units extra amenities; Baby Welcome; access to wonderful outings in the Riviera Maya.

7. Club Med Ixtapa Pacific

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific all inclusive resort - Photo ©  Teresa Plowright
This all inclusive destination has 30.9 acres on the west coast of Mexico, near Zihuatanejo (about 100 miles north of Acapulco). Families love the outstanding kids programs, Baby Welcome, Baby Club Med (extra charge), trapeze, watersports and other activities, and the unique Club Med "G.O.s" and signature features.

8. Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Club Med Punta Cana all inclusive resort - Photo ©  Teresa Plowright
Features include terrific kids programs; The Ramp, cool place to hangout, for teens; trapeze; long white-sand beach; watersports; huge freeform pool; Hip Hop Kidz; Kids Club show with professional staging; and many more activities. Club Med family resorts have great ambiance.

9. Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida

Club Med Sandpiper - all inclusive resort in Florida - Photo ©  Teresa Plowright
On the St. Lucie River two hours from Orlando is an all inclusive resort right in the US, with terrific kids programs including Baby Welcome, and Baby Club Med (for an extra charge.) After a major renovation in 2010, Club Med Sandpiper Bay reopened with a major emphasis on activities: Club Med Golf Academy and Tennis Academy offer training for all ages and levels.

10. Franklyn D. Resort, Jamaica

FDR all inclusive resort in Jamaica  - Photo ©  Teresa Plowright
FDR is a mid-sized family all inclusive on Jamaica's north coast, with watersports, kids club, and the usual activities plus a unique bonus: each family has their own vacation nanny throughout their stay.
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