Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Aruba

With a free-form pool for the kids and a casino for the adults, Hector Rivas and his family say the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is the perfect getaway.

“We’ve been there four times in the past six years,” said Rivas, of Tamarac. Rivas, wife Evelyn Lopez and kids Jeissmarie, 19, Jeremy 9, and Isabelle, 3, enjoy the hotel’s Caribbean setting and elaborate, expansive pool.

“It’s very beautiful, and you get the Caribbean feel, but it’s very American,” Rivas said. “There is an American-style menu, so it’s very easy to feed the kids.” The eight-story property has 388 rooms, 23 suites and is smoke-free. There also is a kids club with activities like scavenger hunts and sports.

“For us, it just about being together as a family,” Rivas said. “It’s a very relaxing way for us to connect.” June rates from $189-$349 at


Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key

Rustic cabins on stilts overlooking the bay, a picturesque pedestrian bridge with views of the islands and a family-friendly campsite are just a few of the reasons Adam Landry, of Miramar, likes Bahia Honda State Park in the Keys

Adam, wife Courtney and kids Hailey, 10, Gabby, 8, and Katie, 5, love bringing their bicycles to the park, where they can also kayak, go snorkeling or play on the beach. Overnight visitors can enjoy a park ranger-led campfire circle or, “If it’s a full moon, it’s a really good place for star-gazing,” Landry said. Cabins range from $120 to $160 and can book up to a year in advance, so you have to plan, he said. “It’s just a beautiful park,” Landry said. “It’s another way to experience the keys.”  Go to


Lago Mar in Fort Lauderdale

An oceanfront setting and a family-friendly list of activities at Lago Mar in Fort Lauderdale keep Beth Mumby and Richard Kaufman, of Cooper City, going back year after year. Mumby says they’ve been about 15 times to the property since their kids, Alex, 13, and Sarah, 10, were born.

With miniature golf, an oversized outdoor chessboard, shuffleboard, playground and a game room, there is plenty for kids to do, Mumby said.

“There are also hammocks, which are kind of fun, tiki huts with chairs underneath, two pools and the ocean,” she said.

Mumby also likes the suites, which have kitchens, and the on-site restaurants, which include an old-fashioned soda fountain.

“It just whispers Old Florida. It’s very low-key,” she said. “And it’s just a car ride away. You don’t need a tank of gas to get there.” June rates start at $182 for a double, $242 for a suite. Go to 


LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples

A vacation to Jeanette and Guillermo Ide, of Weston, is a stay at a four- or five-star resort, and when their son, Daniel, 13, was born, that desire for luxury didn’t change. So when Jeanette Ide helped plan a family reunion, they chose LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples. With four pools and three restaurants on property fronting the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, the resort offers a first-class experience, Ide said.

“Every family has a different point of view. Some parents think they have to go on a Disney cruise because they have kids, but that’s not us,” she said. “We like to go to nice resorts, places where adults can go with kids and still have fun.”