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Best Beach Resorts for Families

Looking for the perfect beach vacation? Parents' exclusive survey reveals the resorts where you can get awesome ocean views, nonstop family activities, and comfy rooms -- all at a price that won't leave you feeling burned. Plus: 10 runners-up we love too.
South Seas Resort South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Florida

Practically all beach resorts in the Sunshine State offer summertime specials, and this charming one located at the edge of the Gulf Coast is no exception. Rooms, equipped with a DVD player, flat-screen TV, and mini fridge, run as low as $180 per night. Even one-bedroom villas, with a full kitchen, start at just over $200. It's a great deal considering that the resort recently completed a $140 million renovation of the entire property, overhauling all accommodations and the popular pool area (left).

Speaking of the water, the waves at the beach are mild, the white sand is teeming with shells, and chances are good that you'll see dolphins and manatees offshore at least once during your trip. In fact, this 330-acre resort, more than half of which is preserved, is a nature lover's paradise.

The Tiva Kids Club for children 4 and older takes every advantage of the setting, with trips to the on-property nature center and visits from the resort's own naturalist. Guided evening beach walks and daytime tide-pool excursions cost $5 per person. Reservations: 888-222-7848, southseas.com.


Water Safety: Security guards, certified in CPR, are stationed at the pool; there are no lifeguards at the beach

Resort Fees: $14.04 per adult for each night of the stay, no charge for children

Parking: Free