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12 Top-Rated Florida Keys Resorts for Families

Written by Bryan Dearsley
Jun 6, 2019

The Florida Keys could, you might say, be called the "family Keys." Not only is this tropical paradise that stretches from Miami to Key West and separates the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean, a superb destination for those seeking a memorable family vacation, it just so happens to have plenty of great hotels and resorts.

The very best Florida Keys resorts for families offer a long list of fun things to do, from exciting adventures, including diving and snorkeling, kayaking, and Jet Ski rentals, to exciting dolphin encounters. Add to this the many great beaches-both public and privately owned resort beaches-and plenty of sunshine, and you're pretty much guaranteed a great time for kids of all ages. Find the top places to stay with our list of the best Florida Keys resorts for families.

1. Isla Bella Beach Resort

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Topping our list of the best family resorts in the Florida Keys is the Isla Bella Beach Resort in Marathon. This luxury resort boasts a mile of waterfront and is set amid 24 acres of pristine tropical scenery, far enough from the busy Overseas Highway to ensure plenty of tranquility. The resort consists of 199 rooms and suites, each with bright, contemporary décor and quality furnishings, and you're guaranteed a great night's sleep thanks to top-of-the-line mattresses and bedding, and the peace and quiet.

A great choice of accommodation for families are the spacious two- and three-bedroom suites. Sleeping up to six guests, the two-bedroom units come with two full bathrooms, while the three-bedroom units come with a third full bathroom plus a kitchen (an even larger five-bedroom affair can be booked).

Excellent on-site amenities are also guaranteed to keep youngsters happy. Highlights include a choice of five outdoor swimming pools, one of which measures a whopping 4,500 square feet; great dining options, including special kids' menus, build-your-own pizzas fresh from the pizza oven, and a handy marketplace selling fast food and snacks; and plenty of fun to be had on the private sandy beach. Also worth mentioning are the full-service spa, the large and well-equipped fitness center, and conference facilities.

Address: 1 Knights Key Boulevard MM 47, Marathon, Florida

Accommodation: Isla Bella Beach Resort

2. Hawks Cay Resort

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A big draw for families at the luxurious Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key are the very roomy accommodations. Able to sleep up to eight guests, these larger multi-bedroom units come with kitchens featuring modern appliances, living and dining rooms, and upscale bathrooms. For those traveling with one or two kids, some of the equally attractive smaller units come with pullout couches.

There's certainly plenty of fun for kids outside, too. Highlights include water activities centered around a pirate-themed splash pad and a large family swimming pool (one of five on the property), as well as the kids playground. A variety of supervised activities are also available for kids to enjoy (and give parents a break), and cater to specific age categories from toddlers up. The real star attraction, though, is the resort's large saltwater lagoon with its dolphin encounter experience, which even allows kids to get up close to these amazing creatures.

Also worth mentioning is the on-site marina, which offers a variety of watercraft rentals; a teen lounge and games room; a basketball court; and fishing and snorkeling adventures.

Address: Hawks Cay Blvd. at MM 61, Duck Key, Florida

Accommodation: Hawks Cay Resort

3. Southernmost Beach Resort

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Located, as its name suggests, at the very south end of the Keys in Key West, Southernmost Beach Resort is another great choice for those traveling as a family. Thanks to its having one of the largest beaches in Key West (and there aren't many) there's no end of fun things to do for kids, from the simple fun of swimming and building sandcastles to snorkeling and kayaking experiences. Older kids will want to persuade mom and dad to rent a Jet Ski. There's also the chance to fish off the resort's private pier.

Other amenities include three good-sized swimming pools, on-site restaurants, live music, bike rentals, and a fitness center. Kids will also enjoy a selection of lawn games and board games. Another plus is the fact the resort is close to some of the best attractions in the keys, including Mallory Square, famous for its daily sunset ceremonies.

The resort's 124 rooms are also well-suited to families. These spacious units come with HDTVs, mini-fridges, microwaves, and balconies, the best of which are larger wraparounds with superb ocean views. Pullout couches are included in most units, and cribs can be requested for babies and toddlers. Breakfast is included for the whole family. (For those traveling without kids, an adult's only building is available.)

Address: 1319 Duval St, Key West, Florida

Accommodation: Southernmost Beach Resort

4. Hampton Inn Key Largo

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Family adventures abound at the popular John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located just a few minutes' walk away from the Hampton Inn Key Largo. This popular park offers plenty of fun activities for kids of all ages, from swimming to snorkeling explorations of its protected reefs.

The bright, tropical-themed accommodations are also an important factor for most families, and come with plenty of room to spread out. Notable features include HDTVs, large patios or balconies, free Wi-Fi, coffee makers, as well as mini-fridges and microwaves. A good breakfast is also included with your stay. Amenities worth mentioning include a good-sized outdoor swimming pool, kayak rentals, a fitness center, business center, and Starbucks.

Address: 102400 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida

Accommodation: Hampton Inn Key Largo

5. Sunset Key Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort

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The charming accommodations at Sunset Key Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort, were designed with families (and large groups) in mind. The resort consists of 40 luxury cottages on a private tropical island just minutes away from Mallory Square in Key West. There's plenty of space for kids to roam and explore, along with fun activities-from swimming and kayaking to fishing, a library, and a games room, and much, much more.

For adults, there's a full-service spa, as well as a fitness center. Tennis courts are also available, and lessons can be arranged individually or for groups and families. The cottages are simply delightful. Brightly painted and decorated, these spacious one- to four-bedroom units come with fully-equipped kitchens, so the kids will never go hungry.

Address: 245 Front Street, Key West, Florida

Accommodation: Sunset Key Cottages

6. Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort

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Located mid-way down the Keys in the town of Marathon, Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort has much to offer those seeking a great Florida family vacation. As its name suggests, the resort-a collection of charming townhome villas facing the water-has its very own beach, offering safe swimming for kids, and plenty of room to spread out and play in the sand. Although a big property, it never feels crowded or noisy, especially as those adults seeking an escape have their own swimming pool.

Other amenities include a dive center, Jet Ski and kayak rentals. Another benefit is the property's proximity to the excellent Dolphin Research Center with its variety of wildlife experiences.

The units themselves range in size from two to three bedrooms, each with two bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, along with living and dining rooms. A real treat are the very large decks, one on each level of your unit offering great garden and water views.

Address: 2600 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Florida

Accommodation: Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort

7. Islander Resort

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A popular Islamorada destination for families seeking a memorable Florida Keys vacation, the Islander Resort is a large property that should feature highly on your list of must-check-out places to stay. There's no end of fun for the kids, whether at the resort's private beach, with activities such as kayaking and fishing, or hanging out at the heated outdoor swimming pool.

The on-site restaurant and café offer plenty of kid-friendly options, though this may be a moot point as the very spacious units-a mix of suites, townhomes, and villas-each come with a kitchen or kitchenette. Other handy features available for guests include barbecues, along with the availability of boat slips.

Address: 82100 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, Florida

Accommodation: Islander Resort

8. Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa

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Managed by a leading luxury brand that has nailed the concept of family vacations, the exceptional experiences available at the Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa are a big draw for travelers seeking a memorable Florida Keys holiday. The amenities are of course world-class and kid-friendly, and include a large heated outdoor swimming pool, plus access to a wide variety of water-based fun such as snorkeling and Jet Ski and bike rentals. The two on-site restaurants get two-big thumbs up from guests, and feature a variety of kid-centric meal options.

As for the rooms, well, let's just say they're extremely luxurious and elegantly appointed. In addition to having your own large balcony (many with water views), you'll enjoy plenty of living space, with some pet-friendly units available.

Address: 601 Front St, Key West, Florida

Accommodation: Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa

9. Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort

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Another Marathon location to consider-and one that's also close to the excellent Dolphin Research Center-is the Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort. Although this beachfront hotel only has 46 units, they're well suited to families. If available, look into the huge three-bedroom villas, which come with three bathrooms, large and fully-equipped kitchens, separate living and dining areas, plus plenty of room on their decks.

On-site amenities are also worth mentioning, and include an oceanfront heated swimming pool, a long private pier from which to fish (or enjoy the sunsets), and a number of excellent hammocks dotted around the property. The beach is a real treat for all ages, and guests are provided with umbrellas and sun loungers on which to relax.

Address: 351 E Ocean Drive, Key Colony Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort

10. Cheeca Lodge & Spa

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One of the larger family-friendly resorts in the Keys, Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada offers an idyllic getaway for young and old alike. The resort is set amid 27 acres of beachfront property, and it's a delight to simply wander and explore the expansive grounds with its networks of paths and quiet spots.

Highlights of a stay include spending time on the resort's private beach, shooting a round of golf on the nine-hole course, sunbathing while the kids enjoy a kayak adventure, or casting a line together off the private fishing pier (use of kayaks and rods are complimentary).

Also notable are the three on-site dining options, a choice of two swimming pools (one for adults only), and a full-service spa that even offers a number of treatments for kids. And if you have a large family, shoot for a spacious suite with a full kitchen and plenty of living space.

Address: 81801 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, Florida

Accommodation: Cheeca Lodge & Spa

11. Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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Those seeking a luxury family vacation in the Keys couldn't do much better than check into the elegant Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Yes, it's big, boasting some 311 rooms and suites, but there's plenty of space in which to relax-not least of all in your elegant accommodation. Highlights of the spacious one- and two-bedroom units include plenty of living space and light in their large living areas (plus a pullout couch), hardwood floors, HDTVs, and walk-in showers (in some of the larger rooms).

The big draw for those with kids, though, is the resort's very own 1,000-foot-long private beach and dock. Also fun are the two large heated outdoor swimming pools, plus a rental service that can arrange for bikes and watercraft such as canoes and Jet Skis.

Address: 81801 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, Florida

Accommodation: Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

12. Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort

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The Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort is a great choice of vacation destination for families seeking fun-in-the-sun experiences in the Florida Keys. In addition to its handy location close to top attractions such as the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, there's plenty of fun to be had on-site. Notable amenities young and old alike will enjoy include a private beach; a large outdoor swimming pool; and plenty of water sports, including diving and snorkeling adventures, which can be arranged through the on-site dive shop.

Other notable amenities include a restaurant offering an extensive kids' menu, plus a games room. When it's time to sleep, hopefully you've opted for one of the larger suites with their full kitchens and expanding living space.

Address: 103800 Overseas Highway, MM 103.8, Key Largo, Florida

Accommodation: Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort

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