TWO FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESORTS
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa: If curling up on one of the luxurious over-sized hammocks or gathering around a fire pit is just too much of a good thing, head inside for a games night—adults will enjoy the 8-ball billiards table and young kids can venture downstairs to the quaint mini-arcade and master classics such as Pac Man, Donkey Kong or foosball. There’s also a nearby golf course and lit tennis courts for night matches. But with an on-site pool and a stretch of quiet beach at your backdoor, most guests prefer to spend their time stretched out under the sun on the beach (chairs are provided without charge), or enjoying the view of the pool in the shade of one of the cave-like covered-sofas. This boutique-feel hotel is also a great place to make (or remake!) your wedding vows. The staff are experts at hosting bridal parties and the grounds easily convert from family-friendly to romantic getaway. Be sure to add a salt-scrub to your spa agenda and you’ll feel as smooth as a newborn baby seal the whole time you’re there.
The Resort at Longboat Key Club: Suites include kitchens (no oven), living and dining areas, washer/dryers and other luxury amenities that make staying here seem like a home-away-from-home. All rooms are comfortable, but consider a ground-floor suite to easily keep an eye on pool-bound kidlets. Finding active entertainment here for the whole brood is easy; there are many options for kids to enjoy the holidays in their own way, with programs that are designed more like a fun summer camp than a babysitting service. For children five to 12, Camp Loggerhead offers a mix of activities from arts and crafts, water balloon games, scavenger hunts, nature hikes and spider web obstacle courses to playful educational chats with marine specialists. In the summer months, older children can enroll in Longboat’s Summer Sports Camp (ages six to 12) to play soccer, kickball, basketball, and baseball. There’s also a half-day option, “Pee Wee Camp” for active youngsters ages four to five. Or your little Serena Williams can work on their serve on Longboat’s world-class tennis courts by attending Junior Tennis Camp for kids and teens, ages eight to 17.