These resorts and beach destinations, from California, Florida, and Hawaii to Bermuda and the Caribbean, hit the sweet spot with right-priced pampering.
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Beach weather in Bermuda is a bit better in April than March, but no matter when you go you’ll have plenty to do — and lots of space to do it — at the Fairmont Southampton. This big pink resort matches the color of Bermuda’s beaches and has a private beach and dive club, Willow Stream spa, included kids’ camp access, tennis courts and an 18-hole championship golf course. And you’ll get a second room free for the kids when you book one for yourself for a stay anytime through April 30.
Rates: $223 per night, double occupancy.
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St. Lucia is so breathtakingly beautiful that it’s often thought of as an exclusive playground for the rich, but resorts like the all-inclusive Coconut Bay prove that you can indulge your senses in this Caribbean paradise without spending your kids’ inheritance. Families will love the mile-long beach, Segway and horseback tours, huge CocoLand waterpark, and a kids’ program tailored to three age groups (yes, including teens) with activities like hayrides, bonfires, a paintball course, and a petting zoo.
Rates: Starting at $539 per person per night, double occupancy.
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With its lovely whitewashed villas and a guest register marked by kings, Hollywood royalty and even James Bond, you might assume this resort is for VIPs only. But late-season Spring Break travelers will find Half Moon’s 400 acres of beach, lagoons, golf course, equestrian center, kids programs, pools and the Fern Tree spa surprisingly affordable.
Rates: Starting at $418 nightly.
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Get your kids in touch with their inner buccaneer at this family-friendly Cancun resort, which not only has a pirate-themed pool area but also a full-sized pirate ship that sets sail for daily plundering. The indulgence continues with a sweets shop for the kids and a gastrobar, cigar shop, and adults-only restaurant for some alone time (the resort will watch over your children while you dine).
Rates: Starting at $122 per person per night.
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Five nights is about the minimum you’d want to stay in Hawaii, but if you catch a cheap airfare you actually can enjoy a reasonably priced stay on Kauai at the Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows. The Poipo Beach resort has two-bedroom condos on 35 acres, a pretty, freeform pool with water slide, and an athletic club with a spa and tennis courts.
Rates: Starting at $195 nightly, double occupancy.
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Kids love the Atlantis resort for its themed Aquaventure waterpark, and the Comfort Suites Paradise Island brings the fun within reach of modest budgets: it’s the only non-Atlantis hotel where guests enjoy full access to its big neighbor’s amazing amenities, including the Atlantis spa, tennis and golf, and the Kids’ Camp. Plus, up to two children under age 12 can stay and eat free at Comfort Suites’ Crusoe’s Garden Restaurant.
Rates: Starting at $275 nightly, double occupancy.
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Staying at the 60-room inn at the WaterColor Inn & Resort has a pricetag matching its upscale amenities, but this luxury resort in the Florida Panhandle community of Santa Rosa Beach also has a collection of more than 300 one- to six-bedroom vacation homes where you can cook family meals while still enjoying the resort amenities that include a kids’ club, fitness center, golf, beach concierge services, and more… but perhaps most of all, that beautiful white-sand beach.
Rates: Starting at $461 nightly, double occupancy.
The San Diego beach community of Mission Bay is home to the 4,600-acre Mission Bay Aquatic Park, Belmont Park with its iconic Big Dipper rollercoaster, and miles of beaches and bike paths. Trust us, couples or kids will never be bored, and there’s no better place to soak up the beach vibe than at the tiki-themed Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, which offers daily tropical bird shows and nightly sunset luaus.
Rates: From $150 night, double occupancy.
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Galveston Island is really raising its game for family spring breakers, building miles of new beaches as well as unveiling the world’s tallest “watercoaster” at the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. The beachfront San Luis Resort adds its own waterslide pool and swim-up bar, as well as 10 on-property restaurants and a luxury spa.
Rates: Starting at $129 nightly, double occupancy.
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Sometimes it’s the simple things kids remember most, and the South Seas Island Resort’s “Shelling Concierge” can help your little beachcombers score the ultimate Spring Break souvenir on a guided beach walk. This 300-acre resort, with 2.5 miles of beach, is perfect for nature lovers on land or sea, with activities that include dolphin cruises to Pine Island Sound and biking around a protected wildlife sanctuary.
Rates: From $569 per night, double occupancy.