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Jamaica: Ocho Rios, Negril, and Montego Bay – Waterslides Everywhere.
Aquatic playgrounds beyond the beach make Jamaica even more enticing to families looking for fun in the water but not in the ocean. The island has always been known for its abundance of natural beauty, great music, and flavorful culture, but the island's several awesome water parks provide an exciting alternative for families.
"From children to adults, relaxation to adventure, wet to dry, Jamaica is a destination that prides itself on offering something for everyone," said Basil Smith, Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board. "Jamaica's water parks are perfect examples of the variety of family attractions that we continue to make available on the island."
Negril: Kool Runnings Water Park.
Kool Runnings Water Park (pictured above), spread over five acres in Negril, combines a watery world of fun with an authentically Jamaican experience. The park features ten exciting water slides, some of which tower up to 40 feet high, and each with a distinctive Jamaican name. Captain Mikie's Coconut is an interactive children's play area with a giant coconut that surprises guests below as it dumps water. There is also a lazy river ride that takes navigators through waterfalls and under bridges in a setting that echoes the beautiful Jamaican landscape, and more. After spending a day playing, guests who worked up an appetite can refresh themselves one of the park's three restaurants, juice bar or sports bar. For more information visit: http://koolrunnings.com
Montego Bay: Pirate's Paradise Water Park.
Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Montego Bay opened its Pirate's Paradise Water Park in 2006. While soaking up the warm Jamaican sun, visitors can drift along Blackbeard's Lazy River, which winds a slow path through the park, or simply relax on Buccaneer Beach. The Caribbean Pirate's Paradise Fort features an exciting 40-foot high Pirate's Plank Bridge and two rooftop Jacuzzis. Two 40-foot high shooting waterslides send guests zooming down to a splash pool below. Children ages 2-12 can commandeer the Pirate Ship, which boasts a kid's section with a swimming pool and slide. To plan your trip, go to: www.sunsetbeachjamaica.com
Montego Bay: Sugar Mill Falls.
Located at Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Sugar Mills is one of the largest man-made attractions in the Caribbean. Families can spend their day splashing through cascading waterfalls, a 280-foot thrill slide, relaxing lagoons, a lazy river and three terraced pools. The jungle garden lets adventurers explore a rope-and-wood suspension bridge, faux rock formations, and replicas of the aqueducts of the former Rose Hall Plantation. The park provides a variety of entertainment, including "dive-in" movies, live music, activities and games, a children's section and more. What's more, guests do not need to leave the pool when they need refreshment after a long day of fun - Sugar Mill Falls offers poolside food service at two swim-up bars. Visit www.rosehallresort.com
for more information.
Ocho Rios: Lighthouse Waterslide.
Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios has a Lighthouse Waterslide attraction destined to become a landmark on the Ocho Rios coastline. Designed to replicate a traditional lighthouse, guests climb an enclosed spiral staircase to a towering 60-foot observation deck that provides a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view over the Caribbean Sea. Two water slides, one enclosed and one open, send adventure seekers twisting and turning down and around the lighthouse. The open slide ends in one of the resort's swimming pool, while the closed slide empties out into the ocean. Those who prefer to stay dry can venture into the lower level of the Lighthouse, which features an air-conditioned arcade. Visit www.sunsetjamaicagrande.com
for more information.
To learn more about the variety of family-friendly offerings found in Jamaica, or to book your trip, go to www.visitjamaica.com
About Jamaica Tourist Board
Details of upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica are posted on the Jamaica Tourist Board's Web site at www.visitjamaica.com
. To book a trip to Jamaica please contact a travel agent or call the Jamaica Tourist Board toll-free at 1-800-233-4JTB (1-800-233-4582), 305-665-0557 or go to www.visitjamaica.com
For questions regarding the new U.S. passport requirements for travel to the Caribbean, please go to www.travel.state.gov
. For more information on Jamaica's Passport to Rewards Program, please go to www.visitjamaica.com/rewards
Text and images provided by Jamaica Tourist. Kool Runnings photograghed by Jim Smith. Copyright 2010.