El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico

Main Pool at El Conquistador Resort
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Love mega resorts with myriad amenities and activities? El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, might be just the ticket. This sprawling, 500-acre beach resort features a private island, waterpark, kids' club, spa, and much more. Also, you don't need a passport!

El Conquistador Resort

Note that El Conquistador is not an all-inclusive resort. Guests pay extra for meals and many activities, including entry to the kids' club and on-site Coqui Water Park.

El Con is located in Fajardo, about 50-minute drive from San Juan airport. From the resort, it's a 39-minute drive to El Yunque Rain Forest and a 75-minute drive to Old San Juan

Coqui Water Park

The 2.4-acre water park has a wonderful seaside location and plenty of water rides and splash zones for all ages. Highlights include the 60-footTorre de Yocahu Tower with three high-speed waterslides, including the El Gigante Dormido slide with its 40-foot drop.

8,500-square-foot main pool and a luxurious 9,000-square-foot infinity edge pool. There are many waterslides for kids big and small, a lazy river, tube slides, and splash zone for little ones.

An enormous 2,5000-square-foot deck is perfect for soaking up the sun or grabbing a poolside meal.

Note that entry to the Coqui Water Park is not free for guests. Admission costs about $20 for adults and $15 for kids age 3-12.

Additional Features of El Conquistador and Coqui Water Park

 El Conquistador and Coqui Water Park offer a ton of great amenities and activities. Here's a list of the best features:

  • Camp Coqui kids' club is available for a fee, for half-day and full-day sessions;
  • The daily schedule of family activities includes events such as such as "Family Olympics" and parent/child 9-hole golf tournaments;
  • Families seeking luxury can stay in Las Casitas Village in secluded villas with up to three bedrooms, stocked kitchens, and 24-hour butler service;
  • Palomino Island, a 100-acre private isle offering a beach, court and table games, scuba and fishing excursions, horseback riding, windsurfing, and much more;
  • Premier golf course;
  • 26,000-square-foot Waldorf Astoria Spa;
  • Casino;
  • Private marina;

Keep in mind that the property is massive, so expect to do a lot of walking. This is not an all-inclusive resort. Pool noodles, balls, towels, etc. are complimentary. Some guests comment on high prices for meals and bottled water in the guestrooms (some guests with rented cars preferred to do their own provisioning). The resort is located a distance from a town with restaurants, shops, and so on. U.S. visitors don't need passports to visit Puerto Rico. Check out visitors' comments on TripAdvisor.

This brief profile is meant to introduce this resort to family vacationers. Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher.