Puerto Rico has a bounty of attractions, natural wonders, and resorts that welcome families who choose to play together. Here are some of the best.
- Caribe Hilton (San Juan; tel. 877/GO-HILTON [464-4586], or 787/721-0303): The Kidz Paradise center has games, toys, beach items and sports stuff for children free of charge available 9am to 5pm through a lending desk. There's a full recreational program with indoor and outdoor activities and a free welcome gift for children 12 and under. There are a video arcade, bicycle rentals, gym, tennis courts, and watersports equipment rentals. The hotel's family policy grants free stays to children 17 and under when staying in their parents' room, one free babysitting service, free meals to children under 5, and free breakfast and discounts on other meals for children 5 to 12.
- Marriott Courtyard Aguadilla (Aguadilla; tel. 787/658-8000): The whole family will love this hotel with pool, aquatics playground, and spacious guest rooms. It's near some of the prettiest beaches on the island, and right around attractions such as the Camuy Caves, Arecibo Observatory, local water park, and ice skating rink. Beautiful beaches ring the coast here from Isabela to the east and Rincón to the west.
- El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa (Las Croabas; tel. 800/468-5228 or 787/863-1000): Located 31 miles (50km) east of San Juan, this resort offers Camp Coquí on Palomino Island for children 3 to 12 years of age. The hotel's free water taxi takes kids to the island for a half- or full day of watersports and nature hikes. The Coquí Waterpark also adds to the family appeal. Boasting several pools (including its main 8,500-sq.-ft. main pool, several slides, a rope bridge and a winding river attraction), this resort has some of the best facilities and restaurants in eastern Puerto Rico and all of the Caribbean.