I’m sitting in the shade of a cabana, sipping on a mojito while gazing out at a tranquil blue pool. My toddler sits across from me, happily picking at a tropical fruit tray while recovering from a morning of swimming, his blonde hair drying in the Florida sun. A pair of green parakeets fly overhead, squawking loudly, and the roar of the ocean is just audible over a duo playing acoustic cover tunes beside the pool bar.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt so relaxed, and I can’t believe it’s happening while my energetic toddler is within arm’s length. This is Miami Beach, and it seems to have cast a spell over my young family.
Miami Beach may have a party vibe, but it’s a surprisingly family-friendly destination — if you book the right hotel. Tucked among the spring break hotspots and romantic boutique hotels, you’ll find quite a few properties that know how to cater to travelers with kids. With spacious rooms, playful amenities, friendly staffers, and thoughtful extras, these are nine of our favorite family-friendly hotels in Miami Beach.