The ocean gives off an immediate calming appeal with its sounds and smells. The rhythm of the waves crashing and the salt water smell could easily melt away stresses. And for kids, the ocean can be a giant blue watery playground filled with endless possibilities of fun like body surfing, fishing or snorkeling. When visiting a destination by the ocean, families will surely want to be as close to the water as possible. We"ve compiled a list of our favorite family hotels with the best ocean views.

Written by Courtney Elko

Costa Rica - Quepos

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Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort offers breathtaking ocean views with the magical addition of the rainforest, too. Manuel Antonio National Park is nearby and there is a good chance of seeing a sloth or monkey during your Central America family vacation. It may even be possible to spot one of these Costa Rican animals right from your hotel balcony. The large balconies overlook the Pacific Ocean, where you can watch the waves crash against the rocks and sand of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Families of four can easily be accommodated in the ocean view suites that offer a small table and chairs, a day bed and a private hot tub directly on your private balcony. Relax and take in the Pura Vida ocean views from this Costa Rica hotel.

California - Catalina Island

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Catalina Island is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean so there truly is no bad ocean view when staying here. But Hotel Vista Del Mar features suites that overlook Avalon Harbor. The ocean view filled with blues and boats can be taken in from the long private balcony. A fireplace, DVD/Blu-Ray player and DVD library are featured in these ocean view suites that can easily fit a family of four. The kids will love the evening turndown service of milk and cookies, too. With full bellies and the sounds of the ocean, the kids will easily fall asleep at bedtime, allowing the adults to enjoy the ocean view.

Hawaii - Kauai

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Hawaii equals breathtaking ocean views, plain and simple. But families will not be able to take their eyes off the ocean at the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai. Located on the northern shore of what is called the Garden Island, the greens and blues just pour into these ocean view guestrooms and suites. The ocean view room with a terrace features a private furnished lanai, perfect to enjoy any time of day. The kids can even get fully relaxed with the child-sized robes and slippers.

Florida - Amelia Island

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North Florida"s Amelia Island offers miles of beach and ocean views from the barrier island, along with plenty of bike paths and tales of pirates. The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island offers awesome Atlantic Ocean views from nearly every guestroom and suite. The Oceanfront Suite features two oversized balconies that provide panoramic ocean views and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. With a separate living room area and the option of connecting rooms, this ocean view hotel is ideal for family stays. The kids" club, pools, game room, tennis, golf and direct beach access don"t hurt either.

Delaware - Bethany Beach

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The Delaware Beaches have so much to offer families and Bethany Beach offers a quiet retreat with amusements only a short drive away. The Bethany Beach Ocean Suites gives families that beautiful ocean view, but also direct beach access, as it is situated directly on the small boardwalk filled with shops and restaurants. This hotel with the ocean views features comfortable luxury in its condo-like suites. The large suites with wooden floors feature a fully equipped kitchen, dining table and ocean, beach and boardwalk views from the balcony. Higher floors in this low-rise hotel offer better ocean views, of course, but first-floor rooms allow families to step out to the boardwalk and beach. Pets are also welcome here, so the whole family can enjoy the Atlantic Ocean view.

Caribbean - Turks and Caicos

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Turks and Caicos offers visitors terrific turquoise ocean views and The Sands at Grace Bay hold fast to that guarantee. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors invite the colors into the large and luxurious suites. The balconies are fully furnished so there is plenty of seating to enjoy this ocean view hotel. One-, two- and three-bedroom suites are featured at this ocean view hotel, so any size family will feel comfortable here. A washer and dryer and fully equipped kitchen can also be found in most suites. In-room babysitting services, complimentary bicycles and three swimming pools are added amenities that come along with this ocean view hotel.

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