Located on marvelous Maui’s west coast, Kaanapali has it all: Fabulous beaches, exceptional snorkeling, gorgeous scenery, and plenty of kid-friendly places to eat and play (plus flights to Hawaii are cheaper than ever). It’s also where you’ll find a number of full-service vacation rental condominiums, right on the beach that allows you to spread out with the family and make some meals in your own kitchen—a money-and-time saver. For full-service accommodations with a friendly price, the Kaanapali Hotel should be your number one choice. The longest standing hotel in Kaanapali, it has a prime location on the golden Pacific sands and offers complimentary Hawaiian activities for the whole family, including pineapple cutting, printmaking, and ukulele lessons; plus kids get points and prizes for joining in the fun diversions.
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The beaches here will fulfill all your warm weather dreams with warm turquoise waters, pillowy sand, and miles of uninterrupted coastline. Flanking the beach like a row of starfish are a multitude of family-friendly all-inclusive resorts; the good news about the number of properties is that they provide competition both in amenities and pricing. The bad news is you’ll need to choose one from a large number of options. The brand new Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real offers luxurious swim-up suites, 14 restaurants and bars, full-service spa, a kid’s club, and aqua adventure park, and access to Blue Flag rated Bavaro Beach, all from $354 per night, all-inclusive and grand opening packages include free airport transportation and complimentary in-room champagne, too. Find out the best family beaches you need to visit.