With its long beaches on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Florida has plenty to offer families in addition to theme park mecca Orlando which is in the middle of the state.
Remember, though, that Florida beaches are hugely popular for college spring break partying. Read more about Florida beaches for family spring break. The best strategy for families may be to choose destination-type resorts with private locations, rather than beach towns. (A higher-priced property helps to avoid the wild party scene as well!)
In northeast Florida, Amelia Island visitors can stay at the giant Amelia Island Plantation resort or dip into family-friendly luxury at the Ritz-Carlton. Besides beautiful beaches, Amelia Island offers nature outings and a historic town and fort to visit. Further south down the Atlantic Coast -- and just an hour's drive from Orlando -- is the Space Coast. Highlights in this area include the Kennedy Space Center, the long stretches of beaches plus estuaries and nature refuges, and affordable prices. (Families may have to share beaches with college spring-breakers, though.)
Further south on the Treasure Coast, Disney's Vero Beach Resort has 71 private acres and a location that's just two hours southeast of Disney World. Moving inland, families can find a Caribbean-style all inclusive resort: Club Med Sandpiper Bay offers outstanding kids programs, the opportunity to learn trapeze, tennis, and inline skating, Baby Welcome amenities, Baby Club Med (at an extra charge,) watersports on the Ste. Lucie River, and a focus on golf. Guests at Club Med Sandpiper Bay can visit the Treasure Coast and Disney World on day outings.
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