NEW YORK (AP) More beach resorts are offering pools with water slides, no-cost children's programs and other amenities that make them attractive, affordable alternatives for families looking for one-stop vacations, according to Parents magazine.
The magazine evaluated more than 200 beach resorts in the U.S. and the Caribbean, based on room rates and other costs, quality of children's programs, variety of family activities, pool and beach area and other factors.
The May issue of Parents lists the 10 resorts the magazine deemed to best meet those criteria.
"Our winners are practically rolling out the red carpet for families on a tight budget," said Sally Lee, editor in chief of Parents. "Great kids' programs and perks are no longer exclusive to resorts with high price tags."
The resorts that made Parents' list offer seven-night vacations, May-September, for prices ranging from $129 a night to $500 a night (for an all-inclusive with meals and activities covered), with most falling under $250 nightly.
The resorts are Sheraton Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya, Bahamas; Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Fla.; Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas; Disney's Vero Beach Resort in Florida; Beaches Negril Resort and Spa, Jamaica; Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii; Ocean Edge Resort & Spa, Brewster, Mass.; Loew's Coronado Bay Beach Resort & Spa, San Diego; and Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort Casino & Spa, in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Details at www.parentsmag.com.