10 Best Budget-Friendly Family Resorts

Club Med's Yucatan's 400 rooms and suites sit alongside what is arguably the best beach in Cancun. The wide, mile-long expanse of sandy beach is perfect for families. Some may remember that before Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the resort was adults-only. But it reopened in November 2006 after undergoing $20 million in renovations, including the addition of Club Med's signature children's program: Mini-Club, for ages 4 to 10; Junior Club Med, for ages 11 to 13; and Passworld Teen Club, for ages 14 to 17.

What Makes It a Deal?

Club Med is a good bargain because of the quality of the kids' programming you get for the price. While you will find other all-inclusive resorts that offer children's programs and might have more luxurious accommodations and more sophisticated dining options, what you get for the price at a Club Med makes it a good choice. This particular Club Med rates even higher than most on the value scale because of its top-notch beach.

#4: Si Como No

Located in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica, eco-friendly Si Como No's 60 rooms are surrounded by jungle and sea. The property is secluded enough to feel as if you are a million miles from civilization, yet there are ample amenities and activities to make it entertaining for the kids. These include two on-site restaurants, two pools (one family pool with a waterslide), a small movie theater and wireless Internet.

What Makes It a Deal?

The room rates at Si Como No are surprisingly affordable, given its spectacular location, and also include a complimentary breakfast buffet, free shuttle to nearby Manuel Antonio National Park and free passes to the Butterfly Botanical Gardens at Fincas Naturales Wildlife Refuge across the street. But perhaps most important, you'll feel good knowing your money was well spent. The owner of Si Como No is renowned for his efforts to help preserve the rain forest.

#5: Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg

Located three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg offers families the ability to mix a healthy dose of culture with a giant dose of fun. If your children aren't keen on the idea of period clothing and the Civil War, this ought to be enough to get them there. The property has been ranked first for Top 10 Best Pools in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.

What Makes It a Deal?

The indoor 300,000 gallon water park. If your kids are into them, this one is well worth every penny. It has eight waterslides, a wave pool, a lazy-river, a pool for basketball and a Flowrider surf pool. The highlight of the property, the Howlin' Tornado, sends four-person rafts down a six-story funnel and spits them out into an exit pool. And, of course, with the Williamsburg location, you're getting two vacations for the price of one -- that is, if you can manage to tear the kids away.

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#6: El Capitan Canyon Resort

Located on 300 acres of coastline about 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, Calif., El Capitan Canyon Resort is two parts rustic, one part luxury. The experience is referred to as "glamping," or glamorous camping., Families can stay in charming private cabins that have kitchenettes and private bathrooms with soaking tubs, or safari tents. Fire pits in the cooking area allow families to prepare their own meals. Family activities include storytelling, Saturday night barbecues and concerts in the summer, and there is a heated swimming pool.

What Makes It a Deal?

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