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Make Memories of a Lifetime at 7 Family Beach Resorts Chock Full of Fun

Brilliant sun, silky sand, stunning surf are the major elements families seek out when planning the ultimate kid-friendly beach vacation — the there’s one more to add: epic amounts of kid-focused fun.

These seven resorts deliver all these ingredients (and more!), promising an unforgettable family vacation.

As always, check for travel restrictions and closures before planning your trip.

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida

Spend family time on the gentle waters of the Gulf of Mexico at The Ritz Carlton, Naples. Resort guests between the ages of 5 and 12 learn about Florida’s unique ecosystems during hands-on morning and afternoon sessions led by a naturalist.

The property recently revamped its Nature’s Wonders exhibit area, designed especially for kids, where 11 aquariums house sharks, eels, turtles and more.

Depending on the day, half- and full-day sessions at Nature’s Wonders might include learning about the eating habits of the resident fish, crabs and turtles or heading down to the resort’s beach to dig for clams or drag a net through the intertidal zone.

Session availability depends on the season, so be sure to ask in advance about the program when booking your stay.

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, Hawaii

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Amid lava fields and lush gardens with fountains, ponds and towering palms, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort stretches along the longest sandy beach on Hawaii’s Big Island. With much of the Kohala Coast rimmed by volcanic rock, Hapuna Beach is a special treasure.

In summer and fall, the teal-green waters here are warm and calm, there are lifeguards on watch, and you can swim, snorkel and stand-up paddleboard to your heart’s content. Beach picnics are welcomed, with visiting food trucks and in-room fridges enabling you to stock up on daily feasts.

January and February bring the chance of overcast skies and stronger waves to the Kohala Coast but also the opportunity to spot humpback whales from Hapuna’s white sand shore as they migrate from Alaska for the winter. Year-round, there’s aloha to behold here.

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa

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Putting the “grand” in Grand Cayman, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa brings family-friendly luxury to Seven Mile Beach, one of the world’s loveliest stretches of white-coral sand.

From every lanai, beach balcony and cabana here, you’ll see soul-stirring views of water that shifts from indigo to cobalt to aquamarine. Grand Cayman itself is at the top of an underwater mountain range, and the coral-peppered reef at Seven Mile Beach is a snorkeler’s dream.

The crescent -shaped shore is strewn with casual beach bars and restaurants, and the lilt of steel-drum calypso is the evening soundtrack. This is the island’s playground, so Palm Beach is bustling from afternoon onward, but in the mornings you’ll have peace and quiet for a stroll on the sand or a dip in the warm Caribbean Sea.

Royalton Saint Lucia, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort

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Conveniently, the Royalton Saint Lucia, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort is ideal for all types of travelers, from families or couples to groups of fun-seeking pals.

That’s because this resort is divided into three separate sections: Hideaway, an adults-only haven; the Diamond Club, which offers exclusive pool and beach access; and finally, a family-friendly area complete with a supervised kids club.

Guests will be gobsmacked by the natural splendors on display here, from the richly colored blue-green water to the abundant tropical foliage.

The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, Greece

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For a resort-style family vacation even toddlers will adore, The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino offers unique activities for every member of your clan.

Your littlest ones can participate in sensory games at the Cocoon Care Center, while children aged 4 to 12 can engage in heritage adventures as pirates, ancient Messenians or explorers of rare indigenous species at the SandCastle.

The onsite Aqua Park rounds off the fun with three waterslides and a seasonally heated play pool.

North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles

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Craving a romantic mini escape a deux? With a wide selection of childcentric activities and round-the-clock babysitting services, North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles has got you covered.

And when ready to rejoin your brood, watch your little ones participate in kid-friendly pirate treasure hunts, arts and crafts, giant domino games and even pizza-making classes. For personalized adventures in paradise, enroll the kids in the Beach Buddy program.

Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai

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Visit the turquoise waters of Jumeirah Beach — arguably one of Dubai’s most popular family attractions — in the morning or early evening to avoid the scorching desert heat.

The Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa offers direct access to a slew of seaside water sport activities such as Jet-skiing and parasailing, as well as a beachfront playground and picnic areas.

Back at the resort, enjoy three temperature-controlled swimming pools and a kids club offering creative sculpting and mask-making activities.