Heading for a vacation in south Florida? These hotels are especially welcoming to families.

By Mom breastfeeds one of her two children

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Loews unites Art Deco design, an oceanfront location, and an extensive array of family-friendly programs and amenities: gift bags for the kids, loaner baby gear, a children's camp that stresses fitness and health, and DVD players with headsets upon request. Doubles start at $249 a night. 1601 Collins Ave.; 305-604-1601;

Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne

If you prefer a mellow island hideaway to the chi-chi bustle of Miami Beach, you'll like this resort on nearby Key Biscayne. The Sonesta offers free children's programs along with resort amenities like tennis courts, an Olympic-size pool, and beach massages. Doubles start at $199; oceanfront rooms start at $259 a night. 350 Ocean Dr., Key Biscayne; 305-361-2021;

The Fontainebleau

Channel the spirits of Sinatra and Elvis in the lobby of the Fontainebleau Resort, the epitome of over-the-top postwar Miami glam (the motto of Morris Lapidus, the hotel's architect, was "too much is not enough"). Kids will gravitate to the giant water-spraying octopus that presides over the kiddie pool and enjoy beach activities and crafts at the children's program. Doubles start at $159 a night. 4441 Collins Ave.; 800-548-8886;

Best Western South Beach

Yes, you can have your Deco and eat, too. This easy-on-the-budget hotel is actually five historic Art Deco hotels in one, located within walking distance of all the Miami Beach necessities: beach, shopping, and nightlife. Doubles start at $127 per night. 1050 Washington Ave.; 305-674-1930;



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