Jewel Water Park Runaway Bay Jamaica Trip Report

Finally a gap has been closed in our area thanks to the opening of the Jewel Lagoon Water Park in Runaway Bay, Jamaica! We are beyond ecstatic to have a water park merely a 10-15 minute drive east of Mais Oui Villa in Discovery Bay.

We did a tour in July 2015 and were very impressed. It is attached to Jewel Runaway Bay Resort, which is an all-inclusive family hotel in Runaway Bay. Although the resort in all-inclusive, day passes may be purchased for the water park.

The pirate-themed water park offers all-day fun for the whole family … from toddlers to adults … for those who like water parks. If you want more, you could upgrade your day pass to use the hotel and beach, but why do that when you could easily use one of the beaches near the villa. It is always good though to have options.

The park is anchored by two main slides. There is a yellow slide, the Family Raft Ride, which is 314ft long and allows singe or double tubes. This slide ends in a lazy river which goes around the park. The other major slide, the Anaconda, is the red and green slide, which is the High Speed Slide. It starts 40ft in the air and goes for 235ft. That’s the one to choose if you want the adrenalin rush.

For the younger kids, there is Buccaneers Cove area with the main highlights being twin slides and umbrella waterfalls. There is also a toddlers area, Pirates’ Nook, where there is a multi-level themed play area and wet deck.


Jewel Lagoon Water Park in Runaway Bay Jamaica

Jewel Lagoon Water Park in Runaway Bay Jamaica                              (c) DLooney. All rights reserved.


Jewel Lagoon Water Park - one of the top things to do in Runaway Bay Jamaica

Jewel Lagoon Water Park – one of the top things to do in Runaway Bay Jamaica   (c) DLooney. All rights reserved.


Jewel Lagoon Water Park Runaway Bay Jamaica - Kids Space

Jewel Lagoon Water Park Runaway Bay Jamaica – Kids Space                (c) DLooney. All rights reserved.


Jewel Lagoon Water Park Runaway Bay Jamaica -Lazy River

Jewel Lagoon Water Park Runaway Bay Jamaica – Lazy River                    (c) DLooney. All rights reserved.

Just so you know …

  • The park uses fresh water, not salt water.
  • It can get crowded because hotel guests at the Jewel Runaway Bay Hotel get free use, plus, Jewel Paradise Cove and Jewel Dunns River guests get discounted rates. Also, they sell day passes to the water park to cruise ship passengers, tourists staying elsewhere and locals. You can’t blame them for trying to get as many visitors as they can because this was a multi-million dollar investment. That said, they do think about crowd control, and they should. No one will enjoy the experience of a crowded water park. I am happy to report that I have been told that the number of day passes sold per day is tied to the occupancy of the hotel. Hopefully that approach will keep the crowds reasonable.
  • For the two main slides, the Speed Slide and the Family Raft Ride, you must be at least 4ft tall. This is enforced. Forty-seven inches is not 48 inches. Make sure you check to see if your child meets the height requirement before they suffer the disappointment of not being able to ride because they aren’t the right height.
  • On the kiddie slides, only kids under 4ft tall and under 100lbs are allowed.
  • They are very protective of the slides and so there are park rules that you may not think of. For example, no jewelry is allowed. Approved swimsuits only – no zippers, metal buckles or rivets.
  • Non-swimmers can ride the slides, but, here is the deal. While life jackets can be used on the Lazy River, they are not allowed on any of the slides. For the two main slides, the Speed slide and the Family Raft Ride, there is a minimum height requirement of 48 inches. This will allow anyone who is 48 inches or taller to be able to stand up, with their head above the water, at the end of the ride.
  • Life jackets are available for use free of charge and they do have life guards on duty.
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed. The entrance fees include unlimited access to the bar and grill. Food may not be removed for the premises.
  • Cabanas are available for rent. Pretty cool. Note that the cabana rental is separate from the day pass entrance fee.
  • A water park day pass does not give you access to the hotel or the beach. There are different kinds of day passes – Emerald, Platinum, Spa Platinum and Golf Platinum – so be sure you pick the right pass for your needs.
  • Towels are provided at no additional cost.
  • The park is non-smoking.
  • You can’t bring your own floatation toys or other devices. They do provide floatation tubes for the lazy river and the family raft ride.
  • The park’s hours are 10:30am – 6pm, including public holidays.

Riding the water slides is a fun activity for kids; but, you really don’t need to be in Jamaica to do this. This activity could be anywhere in the world and be fun. That said, kids are kids and they just want to have fun! Plus, which kid doesn’t love a pirate theme. The more fun your kids have, the more fun and less headaches you will have. Trust me, I know. So, if you want to do something that is purely for fun without care for experiencing the culture, then go to the water park. The kids will have a blast!

Til next time,

Think and dream Jamaica.

Sherry & Darrell

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