Between snorkeling in crystal-clear water, sunbathing on beautiful beaches, hiking around waterfalls, and overindulging on all-inclusive buffets, the Caribbean islands have a lot going for them. However, nothing unites a family like the endless hours of entertainment served up by an awesome water park. Luckily, the Caribbean has plenty of those, too. From pirate-themed parks to tropical aqua lands, here is our ultimate list of best Caribbean water parks.
1. Sugar Mill Falls Water Park at Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jamaica
Located on Jamaica’s resort-heavy north coast, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa not only has an excellent all-inclusive offering, but it’s also home to Jamaica’s biggest water park. Sugar Mill Falls Water Park features a lazy river for relaxed tubing, three terraced pools, and a 280-foot waterslide -- plus daily live music to soundtrack the whole experience. And while on land, kids can traverse the rope-and-wood suspension bridges that wind through the pretty jungle garden around the pool.
2. Water Park at Memories Splash Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Memories Splash Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is home to the biggest water park in the Caribbean. Guests at the all-inclusive resort get access to exciting waterslides, a refreshing wave pool, and suspended buckets of water that wait to soak the unsuspecting. There’s also a contraption that spins folks around and down a funnel, then deposits them into a pool. Thrill-seekers will appreciate the sheer drop on the Kamikaze waterslide as well as the looping Black Hole, while parents and kids can race side by side on the huge multi-lane slide.
3. Aquaventure at The Royal at Atlantis, Autograph Collection, Bahamas
While plenty of people head to The Royal at Atlantis for the casino, the Aquaventure water park is an equally impressive attraction here. Spread over 141 acres -- and landscaped to deliver an immersive tropical experience -- it’s a paradise for kids and adults. Expect to find a series of high-speed slides, pools, a lazy river, and a mile-long water ride with rapids and wave surges to keep things exciting.
4. Pirates Island Water Park at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa
A giant pirate galleon marks the heart of Pirates Island Water Park at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort. The 145,000-square-foot park is a dream for children, thanks to features like self-serve ice cream, pizza, soda, and a kids-only swim-up bar. Then, there are the water rides, which include a 650-foot lazy river that weaves in and out of the tropical landscape, whirlpools, water cannons, and eight high-speed slides. If that’s not enough, there’s always the Caribbean’s only surf simulator to master.
5. Splash Island Water Park in St. Lucia
For those who prefer their water parks on the intimate side, Splash Island in St. Lucia is a charming choice. Located in the sea just off Reduit Beach, the inflatable island obstacle course features monkey bars, hurdles, slides, and a climbing wall for full-on fun. The park is located near Bay Gardens Beach Resort, should you want to roll out of bed in the morning, take a short stroll along Reduit Beach, and arrive at Splash Island when it opens.
6. Jewel Lagoon Water Park at Jewel Runaway Beach & Golf Resort, Jamaica
A highlight at the Jewel Runway Beach & Golf Resort, the Jewel Lagoon Water Park delivers a serious dose of fun for the whole family. The park has a pirate theme, so kids can turn into buccaneers for the day. Little ones can enjoy the waterfall coves, lazy river, and multiple slides, while parents have the option of relaxing in chairs and cabanas around the edges and watching from a comfortable distance.
7. Aqua Nick at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
SpongeBob fans will enjoy Aqua Nick at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, which is inspired by characters from the kid’s TV network. On top of the lazy river ride, splash pads, and winding waterslides, the park comes with its own signature experience for kids -- a daily mass sliming event. During this time, cascading green slime covers all those who linger in the park’s spray grounds.
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