Coqui Water Park

El Conquistador Resort and Golden Spa has announced the opening of the new newest addition to the resort, a water park. The new water park, which is estimated to have cost $12 million features a 9,000 square foot infinity pool, an 8,000 square foot lazy river, a 253 foot double inner tube slide, high speed slides, a 26 foot flume body slide, and a kiddie pool and slide. (Note: the links feature virtual movies of the water slides; the link will open in a new window. I did some link hacking to bring these to you without having to navigate to the El Conquistador web site, but if you'd prefer the full marketing experience they are available here, which as has a really nice layout of the park in PDF format.)

The park is said to have been inspired by the the neighboring El Yunque Rainforest. The design of the park aims to blend rainforest design elements with state-of-the-art water ride technology. For example, the water park's main tower is called Torre de Yocahu, which is El Yunque's God of Good. The three water slides are called "El Gigante Dormido (Sleeping giant)", "Huracán (Hurricane)", and "Marohu (Taino God of Clear Weather)".

One drawback to the new waterpark though. It is only open to exclusively to hotel guests. Hmm, I think I'll go out on a limb and say that this policy will change. It seems like a lot of money to have sit mostly unused during the non-peak times of June, July, and August. Even if they do open it to the public, it will still remain rather pricey. Tickets for children 2 - 12 will be $14.95, and those 12 and over will pay $19.95. For Familia Don Dees we're talking roughly $90, sans gas, tools, and food for a day at the water park. In these recessionary times, that seems like a lot of money to cough up when compared to a quick dip in the nearest beach. Park hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.