Fort Myers' Family-Friendly Hotels: Enjoy Rooms with a View, Plenty of Space

If you're looking to spend time away, in the company of your kids or relatives, and without sacrificing privacy with your spouse, you'll be happy to know there are plenty of quality options in the Fort Myers area.

Beach accommodations are some of the most sought after when visiting Fort Myers and its barrier islands. Thankfully, many resorts have extensive kids programs to keep the young ones busy while mom and dad enjoy some downtime. The Pink Shell on Fort Myers Beach has sailing schools and treasure hunts, while Casa Ybel on Sanibel provides tennis clinics and lizard hunting. 

Almost all offer activities that are fun for the entire family. Maybe it's not the activities but the space you need. GullWing has the peaceful beach view and as many as three bedrooms per unit.

If driving to the beach for a day is more appealing than staying there, try the Embassy Suites Fort Myers. Offering spacious rooms, a hot breakfast and a location right off of the interstate; a superb location for exploring all that the Fort Myers area has to offer. 

The logistics of a family vacation don't have to be intimidating. Once you settle on one of these 10Best family friendly hotels, the rest of the planning can asily fall into place.


GullWing Resort provides condo-style accommodations with one to three bedrooms and fully equipped kitchens. There are separate living and dining areas, as well as in-room laundry to make you feel just like your at home; except for the phenominal beach front views that is. Located on the more serene, south end of Estero Island or Fort Myers Beach, the sand seems to be a little whiter here and the water a little more blue. You wont find any kids clubs or crazy games, but there are Gulf-side swimming pools, tennis courts, gazebos and BBQ areas. If you want laid back, this is the place for you.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Offering all of the amenities of being at home, but with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico and white, sandy beaches.

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The spacious rooms at the Embassy Suites surround a huge atrium that is reminiscent of New Orleans. This hotel offers a great location for families on the go and at a good price. The pool overlooks the 16-acre Estero Bay Preserve and State Park, an interesting place to explore during your visit. If you are attending an event at Germain Arena, Florida Gulf Coast University or attending Spring Training baseball games, book a room here. The complimentary breakfast includes a hot buffet and the bar offers a complimentary cocktail at the end of your day. Take a free shuttle from airport, which is only 7-miles, then rent your car from the Hertz desk in the lobby. Shuttle service takes you anywhere within a five-mile radius, including to spectacular shopping at the award winning Miromar Outlets.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This hotel not only has a convenient location between Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, but also offers all the conveniences of home.

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The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
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The 19-story resort offers beautiful views of both the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico. The luxurious accommodations include one, two and three bedroom, fully furnished condo's with full kitchens. You'll feel like your staying at a friends house rather than a resort. If your family includes a dog, some rooms are also pet friendly. There is a Kids Club Discovery Room on site with craft tables and other amenities. One of the favorite offerings for parents is Kids Night Out on Fridays. While mom and dad have a dinner date, the Westin staff entertains the young ones. During the day there are bike riding adventures and nature trail activities for the kids, as well as parent and child programs. Don't miss the fitness center and spa for a little pampering.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Overlooking Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral, this resort offers waterfront views and fully equipped condos that are also pet friendly.

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This stately resort is situated just off Sanibel Island, on 80 acres with a view of San Carlos Bay. Sporting both indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as children's programs, babysitting, boat rentals, sunset cruises, 13 tennis courts, and full spa activities; you shouldn't have a hard time finding something to do here. Walk to the spa through the mangroves, on a shady boardwalk, where you'll discover all kinds of native plants and wildlife along the way. There are also walking trails throughout the resort to keep you moving. The 320 rooms come with all of the amenities one would expect, there are even suites and condos on property if you desire more space.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This well established waterfront resort is the last stop before crossing over to Sanibel Island. Family friendly with lots of activities and dining.

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Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Located along beautifully maintained acreage, the Sundial Beach Resort offers an inviting environment in which to relax and soak up the Florida sun. A longtime favorite for locals and tourists, the Sundial recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation project with more to come. Stay in your choice of well maintained condominium suites, with full kitchens, dining and living areas so you'll never have to leave your island paradise once you arrive; the kids can have their own room to boot. Children can also participate in a wide variety of fun and games poolside as well as Sea School; a fun way to learn about shells, sea creatures and more.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This well known beachfront property is one of the best known on Sanibel for it's condo-like accommodations and phenomenal sunset views.

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Diamondhead Beach Resort and Spa
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Located in the heart of Fort Myers Beach and on the Gulf of Mexico, DiamondHead offers a variety of water sports, delicious dining and fantastic sunset views. It is the only full-service, all-suite resort on Fort Myers Beach. The suites have a separate living area, private screened balconies and kitchenettes; a great combination for kids and adults. Overlooking 350 feet of shoreline, families will find endless water sports to keep them busy. The resort has an activities room where kids can get creative with puzzles, sand art, coloring and painting. The outdoor fun includes Hermit Crab Races, Cornhole, Bingo and ice cream sundae bars around the pool. Perfectly located in the heart of Fort Myers Beach, if you want to do more island exploring hop on a trolley and have some fun.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A fantastic location on Fort Myers Beach with lots of family activities, water sports, spa services and delicious dining, make DiamondHead a top choice.

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Sanibel Island
Casa Ybel Resort
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Found on 23 acres of pristine, beachfront property, this resort offers wondrous views of the Gulf of Mexico. The one and two-bedroom condos give ample space and come fully equipped for a family. They are even baby proofed for your peace of mind and babysitting services are available to give parents a night out on Sanibel Island or Fort Myers. The Kids Club has daily themes and offers activities such as lizard hunting, sand dollar painting, crafts and games. Typically scheduled in three-hour blocks, this gives plenty of time for adults to enjoy some quite time or spa services. The resort also has junior tennis clinics, basketball, volleyball, croquet and horseshoes. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and although slightly off the beaten path, Casa Ybel it is sill a quick bike ride to shopping and nature preserves.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Tranquil and picturesque, Casa Ybel has the right amount of activities, delicious dining and just close enough to the "real world."

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Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
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This lush, award winning resort is much more than a beach destination near Fort Myers; its wealth of amenities are a family's dream. When rounding up the troops for travel, something always gets left behind, whether due to lack of space or forgetfulness. Thank goodness for the Hyatt Resorts Toy Box; a large assortment of toys and games for you to borrow. The resort has a new water park with a lazy river and thrilling slides for hours of entertainment. If you need a second room for children 18 and under, you can get 50% off in the family plan. Enroll kids in Camp Coconut and relax in the spa for the afternoon. Children will hunt for shark's teeth, learn about the Calusa Indians, and participate in arts, crafts and water games. It almost guarantees a great nights sleep for all.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This resort thinks of everything, from replacing toys you forgot to giving discounts for additional rooms, while taking care of mom and dad too.

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South Seas Island Resort
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This luxurious, beautifully manicured beach-to-bay resort takes up the northernmost two and a half miles of exclusive Captiva Island. The lodging options are fantastic for families, with villas facing the Gulf of Mexico for spectacular sunsets or close to the tennis courts with a private swimming pool. Other cottages have nature views while some are situated around the nine-hole golf course, skimmed by the pristine gulf waters. All have lots of space and kitchen facilities for family meals. Kids love the ScoutsAbout program; a giant scavenger hunt where they learn about landscape and wildlife on the island. The Sanibel Sea School is a hands on, sea-based education program and there is a family center offering crafts, arcade games and other family activities. Once you check in here, you'll never want to leave.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Taking up most of the Northern part of Captiva Island, this resort has peaceful beaches, amazing sunsets and a variety of family activities.

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Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
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This full-service resort on Fort Myers Beach truly has a little something for everyone with wide beaches, a bay front marina, bike and boat rentals, restaurants, kids programs and a rejuvenating spa. Among other things, the Pink Shell is famous for it's giant Octopool, a refreshing water experience for both kids and adults. Sparky's Kids Kampp provides fun and educational activities for your 4-12 year-olds, like sailing schools, treasure hunts and Xbox games. Kids also enjoy science experiments and activities themed around wizards and pirates. The Pink Shell offers studios and villas so your family can spread out and mom and dad can enjoy some privacy. Perfectly situated on the touristy Fort Myers Beach, a short trolley ride to the Town Square where people watching is unparalleled and entertainment is plentiful; and just far enough away to give you a peaceful sleep.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This resort has a fantastic kids program and is just far enough from the party hub on Fort Myers Beach for parents to relax.

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