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Kid-friendly water parks are found everywhere in the Caribbean, from resorts with "lazy river" pools and 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.
Kool Runnings Water Park
Jamaica's biggest water park, located in Negril on over five acres of land, 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.
Pirates Island, Beaches Ocho Rios
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.
Pirate's Paradise Water Park
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 also located adjacent to the water park.
Sugar Mill Falls
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, lazy river, 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 can also listen and dance to live music daily, relax in spa tubs, hit the swim-up bars, and take advantage of poolside concierge service.