Nothing says 'ohana quite like the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu, where kids get sand-sculpting lessons by day and don leis for a mele celebration on the beach at sunset. And the whole gang can pile into a traditional hand-built canoe for a scenic coastal sail.
Such creative offerings helped Aulani earn the title of No. 1 family beach resort, as voted by T+L readers in the annual World's Best Awards survey. Convenience is also a factor: Aulani has two-seat casabella beach loungers and snorkel rentals at the ready and, back in the rooms, bassinets and baby-proofed balconies. Other winning properties across the U.S., the Caribbean, and Mexico follow suit, catering to families with a mix of the practical and the delightful.
At the bamboo-furnished Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo--in a protected area of lush forest and pristine beaches--the complimentary Kids for All Seasons program features hermit-crab hunts and bird-watching.
Collecting pink seashells and learning to surf are on the agenda at Florida's Hammock Beach Resort, which also caters to kids with a 91,000-square-foot water park, complete with a lazy river and water flume.
In short, no need to worry about riptide, sunburns, childcare--no need to worry at all. From sheltered saltwater lagoons to shaded chaises, these top-ranking beach resorts have families covered.
--By Helen Zook
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