10. Club Med Sandpiper, Port St. Lucie, FL
The philosophy of Club Med Sandpiper is that the quality of a family's experience hinges on the staff. "Our international employees don't just work here, they live here," says John Vanderslice, president & CEO of Club Med America.
The staff is selected for a background in childcare and sports skills appropriate for the age-divided camp for kids 4 months to 13 years. Counselors -- one for every three infants and one for every eight to 12 school-age kids -- have to be at least 21 years old. At the end of a family's visit, the staff asks for feedback. Implemented suggestions include a tennis program for 3- to 7-year-olds and the flexibility of allowing parents to check their kids into and out of the camp anytime during operating hours.
Two- and three-story bungalows throughout the property on the St. Lucie River house 310 rooms and 27 suites, all nonsmoking; a room with two double beds averages 344 sq. ft., while a two-bedroom family suite is 720 sq. ft.
Year-round kids' camp with daytime and evening sessions; late-night group childcare; four swimming pools, all staffed by lifeguards; dive-in movies; playground; loaner strollers; Baby Welcome program with infant bathtubs, childproofing kits, and baby food; complimentary shuttle to nearby beach
Deep-sea fishing; riverboat cruises; international buffet dining; golf course
- Offers a Circus School, where kids ages 4 and up can learn -- while safely harnessed -- to walk the tightrope and fly through the air on a trapeze
- Promotes cultural awareness for kids through a program allowing them to make masks, play instruments, and listen to international music
- Boasts a hip-hop dance program for kids ages 4 and up and a Happy Gym for toddlers