6 Best New Jersey Beach Resorts for Families

Father, mother, and two children relaxing next to Mahalo pool

Want to enjoy an unforgettable family getaway at a New Jersey beach? Check out any of the top New Jersey beach resorts for families. 

At ICONA Resorts, we offer the best NJ Shore family resorts located in all of your favorite beach towns. Visit any of our resorts to break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Take advantage of our shuttle services included in your stay to discover everything these towns have to offer.  

Here's a look at some of our resort destinations and how they make it easy to enjoy the best family beaches in NJ. 

Stay in Avalon

Located along the Atlantic Ocean, Avalon offers a beach paradise for families. 

Avalon's beaches may be best known for their gentle surf and natural dunes. They're also well-maintained and incredibly clean.

Along with its beaches, Avalon features the Avalon Surfside Park, Club 18 Miniature Golf, and many other family-friendly attractions.

Avalon also offers restaurants where you can enjoy an authentic fine dining experience, live music on evenings and weekends, spectacular ocean views, and, of course, delectable cuisine. 

ICONA Avalon

For an upscale, chic retreat, plan a family trip to ICONA Avalon

This iconic Avalon, NJ hotel is one of the most sought-after vacation destinations on the Jersey Shore. It offers a peaceful seaside atmosphere and is only a few steps from a beautiful beach. ICONA Avalon features 159 exquisitely designed and decorated rooms, giving you and your family many options to choose from. 

It also offers three distinctive restaurants. Here, family members can enjoy a delicious meal together. Or, the adults can catch up over premium wines, specialty cocktails, and dozens of great beer options while the kids enjoy delicious kids menu items.

Plus, your family can enjoy a number of luxurious amenities to make your stay peaceful and fun. Some of the highlights include direct beach access (with lifeguards on duty seasonally), beach umbrellas and lounges, and a large outdoor heated pool (open seasonally).

"Very clean hotel! Staff is friendly and helpful. Perfect location! Great for families as well with kids." -Snow Flake via Google Reviews

ICONA Windrift

For nearly 60 years, ICONA Windrift has been an Avalon, NJ family vacation tradition. 

ICONA Windrift offers oceanfront suites, plush studios, and classic hotel rooms to accommodate families of all sizes. Book a four-bedroom condo suite where you and your family can relax together.  If you prefer to have your own room during your family getaway, a classic queen or signature king studio offers plenty of space and privacy.

Plus, the on-site dining options, live entertainment, beachfront location, and amenities make it easy to have fun with the family on-site. Enjoy direct beach access with pre-paid beach tags and seasonal beach attendants, a seasonal sundeck and pool, ICONA bikes, and more.

"ICONA Windrift did not disappoint. ICONA has the best customer service model and you always feel welcomed and pampered. Resort is beautiful. Rooms were roomy and well decorated. Food and drinks (were) good." -Lovetotravelnj6 via Tripadvisor

Stay in Diamond Beach

Based in Cape May County's Lower Township, Diamond Beach offers convenient access to pristine white-sand beaches and upscale resort accommodations. Diamond Beach also offers attractions everyone in your family can enjoy. 

The Wildwood Boardwalk is a terrific family day trip. This century-old boardwalk is only about three miles from Diamond Beach. It features 38 blocks of ferris wheels and shops. You'll find some of the tastiest hot dogs south of Coney Island here, too. 

To cool down with your family on a hot day, check out Diamond Bay Water Park. This water park offers a colorful pool, two twisty slides, a water-play structure, and a toddler pool.

ICONA Diamond Beach

ICONA Diamond Beach is the perfect NJ family vacation location on one of the only private beaches in the Garden State. It's among the few hotels in the area that's open year-round. This hotel delights guests by providing spacious suites with galley kitchens where you and your loved ones can prepare meals as a family.  

For those interested in spending time with family at the beach, the staff at ICONA Diamond Beach have you covered. The hotel's seasonal beach attendants will set up chairs and umbrellas for your entire family on the beach. Plus, you can enjoy a number of other amenities, including a seasonal heated pool and more.

If you want drinks or dinner with family on the beach outside the hotel, go to The Star Beach Bar. This restaurant offers mouthwatering pizza, distinct cocktails, and live entertainment right on Diamond Beach. It's open to both hotel guests and the public. 

Also open to ICONA Diamond Beach guests and the public is Coastal Blue, which offers off-the-boat seafood dishes and other meals that are sure to wow you and your family.

"Stayed at this lovely beachfront resort in Diamond Beach over the Thanksgiving Holiday with family. We enjoyed adjoining rooms and amazing views from our balconies. Dinner in the hotel was delicious, and the service (including front desk and housekeeping) were terrific. The beds and pillows were comfortable, and the rooms were very clean and well-appointed. We enjoyed our stay and definitely will return in season!" -BeachloverfromPA via Tripadvisor

Mahalo Diamond Beach

If you and your family are in search of your mahalo moment, book a stay at Mahalo Diamond Beach. Mahalo Diamond Beach offers everything your family needs to catch the aloha spirit.

As soon as you enter the hotel, you can greet Maui, a colorful macaw who captures the hearts of kids and adults alike. From here, you and your family can relax at the beach or pool, or enjoy one of our other amenities. If you want to do something more exciting, there are many places to find fun and adventure nearby. 

Additionally, ICONA Diamond Beach is two doors down from Mahalo Diamond Beach and offers some of the area's best dining experiences. 

"Our first stay at Mahalo Diamond beach was perfect. Check-in at the front desk was a breeze. Easy unloading of belongings with staff willing and ready to assist. Room was very clean and spacious." -Daydream12776691319 via Tripadvisor

Stay in Cape May

Cape May is home to some of the best family beaches in NJ. These run approximately 2.5 miles parallel to Beach Avenue

Beyond its beaches, Cape May offers many family-friendly attractions. Visit the Emlen Physick Estate where you and your family can journey into the past and walk through a home from the Victorian period. 

If you want to embark on an adventure, check out the Salt Marsh Safari, where you and your family can board "The Skimmer" and explore Cape May's backbays. For those who want to shop 'til you drop with family, spend the day at the Washington Street Mall, which features over 75 establishments. 

To see the migratory bird populations in a one-of-a-kind location, stop by the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. There's also the Cape May Lighthouse, which dates back to 1859 and is still active and operational. Since the lighthouse opened to the public in 1988, more than 2.5 million visitors have climbed to the top of it. 

ICONA Cape May

A boutique oceanfront hotel in Cape May, NJ, ICONA Cape May blends the coziness of a bed and breakfast with the comfort of a modern hotel.

ICONA Cape May is located directly on Cape May's legendary Beach Avenue. It offers 56 bright, elegant rooms decorated with custom furniture and luxe furnishings. Among these are oceanfront suites with separate living and sleeping quarters that are ideal for families.

ICONA Cape May also offers seasonal valet parking, an outdoor heated dipping pool, access to beach chairs, and other amenities. All types of families are sure to find many activities and attractions to enjoy near the hotel. Cape May offers a wide range of restaurants, which serve everything from fresh seafood to exceptional Greek cuisine. 

"We just returned from the Icona Cape May, and I just recommended this hotel to my friend. The staff were so accommodating and our room was beautiful and clean! They have off street parking and a complimentary shuttle. We had such a relaxing weekend, I would definitely stay there again." -Christina L. via Tripadvisor

Mahalo Cape May

Thanks to Mahalo Cape May, you and your family can enjoy a wonderful Jersey Shore getaway and come home with a story you won't soon forget. 

Mahalo Cape May is located at the corner of Madison and Beach Avenues. Take a few steps from the hotel, and you'll be at the beach. 

In terms of family fun, Mahalo Cape May gives you options with our amenities. There are games in the lobby you can borrow whenever you'd like and enjoy with your family. You can also stop by the third-floor sundeck to lounge, catch some rays, and relax with your loved ones. 

"The Mahalo is a great choice of a place to stay in Cape May. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The room was very clean. The bed was comfortable and the pillows were really good. The heated pool was perfect for my 6 year old and 10 year old with the max height being 4 ft, and the lowest being 1 foot for little ones. They also have bikes you can use for adults, and the ICONA shuttle is available to take you into town. That was very nice not to have to think about finding parking over there!" -Kristen Holmes via Google Reviews

Ready for a NJ Family Getaway?

The team at ICONA Resorts is happy to help you plan your dream New Jersey family getaway. 

Book your next family vacation at ICONA Resorts.