Kid-friendly water parks are found everywhere in the Caribbean, from resorts with "lazy river" pools with waterslides to full-blown amusement-park style attractions with multiple slides, wave pools, and splash pads.
Having a water park at your resort in Jamaica is pretty convenient for families. Jamaica also has famed beaches, many at the resorts, where the little ones can splash, swim and play.
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Jamaica's biggest water park, located in Negril on over five acres, has 10 water slides —some up to 40 feet high—as well as a children's play area, lazy river with waterfalls, three restaurants, a juice bar, and a sports bar.
Unlike some others, which are open only to resort guests, the independent Kool Runnings can be enjoyed by anyone paying the admission fee. You can buy a combination ticket that includes the affiliated Adventure Zone (paintball, laser tag, go-karts). Kids who know how to swim can even go kayaking through the natural canals of the park.
Jamaica is known for its two-person bamboo rafting on the Rio Grande and Martha Brae rivers, but at Kool Runnings they offer a rafting experience too. Up to six adults can enjoy a laid-back rafting trip on a canal through Negril’s famous Great Morass, a freshwater wetland.
Note that while you cannot bring in your own picnic lunch to Kool Runnings, the concessions offer a variety of food options.
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The Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club is located on 22 acres of lush tropical gardens, has a private white-sand beach, three resort swimming pools, and a dedicated scuba practice pool.
The resort's Pirates Island is a fantasy world filled with gigantic waterslides, kid‐friendly pools, and swim‐up soda bars. There is also a speed slide in the teen/adult area.
Park admission is included with a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches resort. The park is not open to the public.
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Highlights of the water park include Blackbeard's Lazy River, the 40-foot-high Pirate's Plank Bridge, a pair of 40-foot-high water slides, and a Pirate Ship made just for kids.
Both the resort's kids' club and teen center are located adjacent to the water park.
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"The Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay has an oceanfront location with access to the longest white sand beach in Jamaica.
The water park boasts a 280-foot-long water slide, a lazy river, a trio of pools with waterfalls, and "dive-in" movies where you can stay cool in the pool and watch a movie at the same time—all part of the Sugar Mill Falls water park.
Kids will thoroughly enjoy the jungle garden complete with a rope-and-wood suspension bridge.
Resort guests also can listen and dance to live music daily, relax in spa tubs, hit the swim-up bars, and take advantage of poolside concierge service.