Wet and wild: WestJet Vacations top ten water park resorts

Water park fun can add a whole new wet and wild dimension to your vacation. These parks have something for everyone, including slides of all kinds to indulge your need for watery speed, lazy rivers to relax or regroup and features like water cannons that bring big fun. Imagination, gravity and thousands of gallons of water: it all adds up to hours of good times. Make a splash, or float the day away. Admission is usually included with your resort stay, so you can visit as many times as you like. Careful, though: many guests — especially the young ones — find these waves to be particularly addictive.

Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
Atlantis certainly lives up to its namesake, with its 141 amazing acres earning legendary status as a destination. The resort’s Aquaventure water park is thousands of gallons of watery awesome. Loads of rides and slides. And, wait for it… sharks! Seriously, this is one of the coolest waterparks on earth and it just might be why they coined the phrase “fun for the whole family.” Did we mention the sharks?

Barceló Bavaro Palace Deluxe, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
It’s a setting defined by pristine beaches, coral reefs and calm, crystal clear tropical waters. And for a totally different postcard, there’s the Barcy Water Park and the new Pirate’s Island Water Park. Barcy offers fun for the kids, with slides, castles and waterfalls inside the pool letting them splash the day away. For the more adventurous, Pirate’s Island serves up humongous slides and chutes, a wave pool and of course a pirate ship for added excitement.

Barceló Maya Riviera Complex, Riviera Maya, Mexico
The spectacular oceanfront setting of the Barceló Maya Riviera Complex makes for an unforgettable vacation experience. Barceló Maya Beach and Caribe, Barceló Maya Palace and Barceló Maya Tropical Beach all feature Barcy Water Parks that virtually guarantee fun for the kids – and the adults, too! Animal figures and awesome slides create a world of fun and excitement for kids up to 12 years. Lifeguard supervision means the adults can relax on a chaise lounge while the kids splash the day away.

Beaches Turks and Caicos
Pirate’s Island, anyone? We’ve always thought you could ramp up the fun in any situation by adding pirates. Pirate’s Island proves it, with wet and wild fun and frolic for all ages. Huge waterslides, a lazy river, water cannons and a surf simulator make this one of the Caribbean’s premier water parks. And when you want to relax, there are plenty of options – including a large sitting deck, a 50’s-style diner, and even a swim-up bar exclusively for the kids.

IBEROSTAR Ensenachos, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
With some of Cuba’s best and most exclusive beaches close at hand, IBEROSTAR Ensenachos is certainly an aquatic tropical paradise. The water park here brings an extra dimension of fun to that paradise, with rides, slides and pools for the kids to enjoy – while the adults enjoy a relaxing Cuban breeze.

IBEROSTAR Playa Mita, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A true vacation destination for guests of all ages, IBEROSTAR Playa Mita boasts entertainment for everyone, in a setting that shows the best of Riviera Nayarit. The water park offers fun for the whole family, giving the kids a full day of fun and excitement that feels like it’s their own little vacation, while the adults can relax and enjoy the day.

IBEROSTAR Varadero, Varadero, Cuba
A favourite destination of many who enjoy the best of Cuban culture, IBEROSTAR Varadero provides a tropical experience that the whole family will love. This is certainly a water lover’s paradise, with an array of pools for guests to enjoy. The water park here delivers, offering brightly coloured slides, water jets and a giant tipping bucket to keep the kids soaked and loving every minute of it.

Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Orlando, Florida
Four stories of fun, anyone? The Lagoon Pool is a zero-depth heated entry pool anchored by a four-story interactive water tower. Seven slides, flumes, climbing nets, water jets and a 400-gallon dump tank that soaks everyone who comes near. Not to mention the Mass Sliming that occurs every day at 4:45. Whirlpools and poolside cabanas offer relaxation and tasty food and drinks are served at the Lagoon Grill & Bar. On the west side of the hotel is the Oasis, featuring sun-soaked fun in a heated Olympic-size pool with an interactive tower and slides and low-level slides and a splash zone for the tots.

Sirenis Cocotal Punta Cana & Aquagames, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
In this breathtaking natural surrounding, guests find tranquility and relaxation – with plenty of more energetic fun to be had. Aquagames Water Park welcomes guests of all ages to splash and slide into sunny good times. The main pool is the centrepiece of the park, while the ten-metre tall tower beckons with slides, toboggans and a free-fall twister. Kids four to 11 will enjoy the Caribbean Pirates area with its ten slides, splash barrels and sprinklers, while toddlers will love the kiddie pool.

Sunset Beach Resort Spa & Waterpark, Jamaica
Sunset Beach Resort offers an inviting array of recreation and tropical vacation experiences, including the incredible Pirates Paradise water park. Launch yourself down the two 250-foot water slides, or indulge in a moment (or three) of relaxation in Blackbeard’s lazy river. Kids of all ages will delight in the Caribbean Pirate ship, while the whole family will enjoy the three fresh water pools and two hot tubs.