First - if you are seeking a beach vacation with children, mark the entire city of Miami off your list. If you are insistent upon going to Miami, this hotel is far better than the resorts in Miami Beach/SouthBeach. Miami attracts an amazing number of low class wannabes who, ironically, wannabe treated as kings and queens for being low class. This resort does allow you to escape/avoid that. Sunny Isles is in between Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach so you are equidistant to Miami's two largest airports. There is a shuttle to the resort, but I did not know that until I arrived. The beach is pleasant and usually quiet even when full of people. There is less functional nudity on the beaches this far north of Miami Beach, but skimpy swimwear is common and a sizeable portion of latin and south american tourists means your 10 year old will be seeing more than just tan lines. The pool wasn't massive, but respectable and kid friendly. We ate lunch at the hotel restaurant once and never again after that, I hope their breakfast was far better. The valets are very friendly and the desk staff is very helpful. If you are insistent upon travelling to Miami and considering this hotel, I highly recommend calling the desk to ask any questions you may have about your intended travel plans. Call during the day when they have a concierge on duty. Driving in Miami Beach is masochistic. I'm confident that distracted driving is not only taught, but required by local traffic law. That being said, if you venture down to South Beach to see the Art Deco architecture, which is worth the hassle, roadside parking is free M-F 8-6pm anywhere you see a Resident Parking sign. Otherwise, you're left with parking meters and the need to download the city's parking meter app. Depending on the zone, its not terribly expensive. Take an umbrella both for rain and sun ... and to fend off hobos.