You can pack Disney and downtime on the beach into one Florida holiday, head south and stay put on the Gulf Coast or hop around barrier islands and Keys to your heart’s content. But where is the most family-friendly place in the state? Here are 10 fantastic Florida resorts to try for starters.

1/10  Amelia Island, North East Florida

Amelia was recently voted Best US Island in Condé Nast’s Traveller’s Choice awards. If it doesn’t sound familiar, that’s probably because it’s closer to Savannah than Orlando, and easy to miss. Put that right and you’ll find over 13 miles of flawless sands, one of the state’s biggest historic districts at Fernandina Beach, family festivals all year round, some of Florida’s finest golf courses and everything from pirates to fabulous state parks keeping things lively for kids. 

Families love

The relaxed barrier island vibe, cool water sports, wildlife reserves, pirate legends and big-city Jacksonville less than half-an-hour away.

  • Fernandina Beach historic district
  • Turtle nesting beaches
  • Wild Amelia Nature Festival
  • Fort Clinch State Park
  • Amelia City
  • Creek kayaking tours

Where to stay: The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

How to get there : Flights from UK to Jacksonville take 12 hours. Amelia Island is 30 minutes north of Jacksonville.