Kid-Friendly Paradise in St. Thomas

St. Thomas is a beach-loving child's paradise and the hoteliers on the island know it. Most of the name-brand resorts are kid-friendly, as are many of the smaller boutique hotels and condos. Some take kid-friendliness to the extreme and lay on loads of added activities and amenities, while others simply foster a laid-back, casual environment where kids and parents alike feel free to play, laugh and run without worrying about disturbing honeymooners.

The Sugar Bay Resort in Smith Bay (formerly Wyndham-owned) is probably the most kid-friendly hotel on St. Thomas, in terms of the sheer variety of activities available to distract and entertain the young ones. In addition to being located right on a family-friendly beach, Sugar Bay also has a kids club, bumper boats, mini golf, outdoor movies, childcare services and even daily iguana feedings. As an all-inclusive resort, food, drinks and accommodation are all covered under the room rate, plus they throw in free use of water toys for good measure.

However, Sugar Bay is not the only name-brand hotel that welcomes children. The Ritz Carlton and Marriott Frenchman's Reef both offer a slew of kid-friendly amenities and activities, from

The family-owned Island Beachcomber Hotel, located right by the airport, offers a different type of experience but one that's equally kid-friendly. The Polynesian-style decor, casual vibe, no-frills menus, easy access to the beach and rooms with kitchenettes make it easy for kids to be kids.

Vacation condos and villas are another popular option for families with kids vacationing on St. Thomas. Properties such as the Sapphire Village Condominiums and the Bluebeard's Beach Club and Villas allow families the freedom to spread out and cook meals, while offering ideal beachside locations.

St. Thomas is not only for couples, it's also a great family destination, as you and your children will discover during your stay in one of the island's many kid-friendly hotels.



This all-suite resort is tucked into a stunning white-sand beach at Nazareth Bay in St. Thomas's quiet east end. Rooms are just steps from the sand, and the cove is known for its great snorkeling and stunning sunsets. There are three types of...  Read More

Sapphire Beach Condo Resort & Marina by Antilles Resorts
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Families love this condo-resort in St. Thomas's east end. Each unit is furnished with a small kitchen and private balcony, which makes it a popular option for those with kids. There are numerous activities right outside your door including the...  Read More

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
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Bolongo is an unpretentious, bare-feet-welcome kind of resort located on a long half-moon-shaped white-sand beach on the island's south side. The pink two-and three-story buildings feature comfortable but unremarkable rooms, some of which come...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Saint Thomas
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The Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas's east end is without a doubt the plushest resort on the island, with its palazzo-style marble-floored lobby, bubbling fountains, hidden courtyards, and elegantly-appointed rooms. Guests can take advantage of the...  Read More

Best Western Emerald Beach Resort Saint Thomas
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This hotel appeals to families on several levels: the price is reasonable, the beach is literally right outside your doorstep, and children 11 and under stay free in their parent's room. Located next door to the Island Beachcomber hotel, the...  Read More

The Island Beachcomber Hotel
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This family-owned hotel is not a luxury playground like the Ritz or an all-inclusive resort like Sugar Bay, but parents and kids like the low-key, homey vibe, no-frills menus, easy access to the beach and rooms with kitchenettes because they...  Read More

Frenchmans Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort Saint Thomas
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The Marriott Frenchman's Reef is one of the finest and busiest hotels in the Virgin Islands. Located on a picturesque bluff overlooking both Charlotte Amalie harbor and the Caribbean, it not only boasts a commanding view, but offers spacious...  Read More

Sugar Bay Resort and Spa
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Formerly operated by Wyndham, this resort and spa is now independent of the mega-chain but still as good as ever. It's not the most stylish hotel you'll ever see, but rooms are functional and modern, with Asian-themed furnishings, electronics,...  Read More


Meet Karen Elowitt

Karen worked for several years as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before becoming a travel writer. She worked for renowned  travel expert Peter Greenberg before going freelance, and now...  More About Karen