Wet and Wild Fun at Las Cascadas Waterpark

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla

There are few thing more fun on a hot day then spending some time splashing around in a waterpark. We have visited a number of waterparks in the States, but had never been to any in Puerto Rico. Recently, we enjoyed a day at Las Cascadas Waterpark in Aguadilla.

Las Cascadas is not a huge park, but it has a little bit of something for all the members of your family to enjoy — pools, slides, lazy rivers, and a kiddie area. As it turned out, we planned the timing of our visit perfectly and we had a great time.

Las Cascadas Waterpark (or Parque Acuatico Las Cascadas in Spanish), is located in the town of Aguadilla, on the west coast of Puerto Rico. This park, along with a few other fun things in the town, are managed by the Municipality of Aguadilla.

I believe that this park’s claim to fame is that it is the largest waterpark in the Caribbean. I don’t know if that is still true, considering all the mega-resorts being built. However, it definately is the largest one in Puerto Rico.

Taking the Plunge

Though I always have fun at waterparks, I do have a germ phobia of them — you know, What water-borne diseases are in that water?, Will I end up with athletes foot … or worse? So unless I have a real reason to go, I generally don’t.

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla

So, you may ask, what motivated me to push my phobias aside and take the plunge into germ-soup?

My sister-in-law was reading the Philadelphia Inquirer travel section one Sunday, and she said "Hey look at this … Las Cascadas Water Park in Puerto Rico is on this list of the Top 10 Waterparks in the World!". I almost fell off of my chair when I heard that!

We have driven past that park many times and were never impressed by its size or the slides that you can see from the road. So I figured I must have been missing something amazing. So off we went to check it out.

Our Visit

I can’t say this park should be on any Top 10 list, but we did have fun. The park is not huge, but I guess when the ocean is always close by, waterparks don’t have to be that big!

Of course, we timed our visit perfectly (mid-week in August, after the kids were back in school). So we lucked out with having only maybe 50 people in the whole park (including the workers). We didn’t have to wait on any lines, so we got to try everything and re-do the things we really liked. I know most of you will not be so lucky when you go, so expect lines and lots of people (everyone loves waterparks when it is hot!).

When we went (August 2011), there were 4 tube slides where you ride on a mat through the twisty-turny route. Face-first is really fast; sitting up makes it a bit slower. We did these a few times.

There were 2 "speed slides" — the ones where you lay down on your back and slide feet-first really, fast and end up with an atomic wedgie. Fun, but once was enough for me!

There was a lazy river were you slowly float around a large circle in a tube.

There was a crazy river (Rio Loco), which was a faster tube ride. This one was my favorite.

There was the wave pool, that had a small kiddie area (even with a few slides) for the little ones. And another " diversion" pool, that had some obstacle-course activities you could try.

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla

Since they assume that you will be there for a while, there are food and snack stands, some chairs and tables around the park, and of course music playing. They have lockers for rent for the day that were really convenient. And plenty of life guards and workers keeping the place running safely and efficiently.

Surprisingly, we really enjoyed our visit. But, with long lines it could lose some of the appeal. It is a good way to spend time if the ocean is too rough for swimming, or you want some waterslide fun.

There are minimum height restrictions on some of the rides. For example, kids under 48" can’t use the adult slides.

One gripe we have has to do with their schedule. When we were there, they had this huge sign that said "Open All Year Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm". We asked one of the office employees about that, and they said "That’s not true". The park is usually open just on weekends from mid-April to mid-May, and then again from mid-August to mid-September. The park is then supposed to be open every day when the local kids are out of school, so that means from mid-May to mid-August. In the end, the park employees could not give us an exact schedule for when they’d be open, so you never know. If you’re planning to make the trip to Las Cascadas, call first just to make sure they will be open. I can’t emphasize that enough!

Details

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla

The published prices for 2015 are $24.95 for adults, $22.95 children under 12. Kids under 3 are free. Seniors (55+), handicapped people, and Aguadilla residents all get a discounted admission. Prices do not include IVU (sales tax). Locker rentals are $5/day. Parking fee of $5. Info:Aguadilla’s Facebook page or the municipal’s webpage.

Call for operating hours on the day you want to go, just to make sure they’re going to be open. Usually 9am-5pm. Open during the summer daily, shoulder months open weekends only. Note- for 2015- open weekends starting May from 9am – 5pm, will be open everyday starting May 23 until mid August. After that, only open weekends again until Mid-September..

Kids in diapers are not allowed in the pools.

Wear water shoes — the steps up to some of the slides were slippery and hot.

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla

Allow yourself at least 4 hours at this park, and more time during busy times due to long lines.

You can call Las Cascadas at 787-819-1030 or 787-819-0950 for more information.

Driving directions from San Juan — Take Route 22 west until it ends on Route 2. Continue on Route 2 KM 126.5 in Aguadilla. Las Cascadas is on the left side of the highway.

Allow about 2 hours to from San Juan to Aguadilla.

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Atomic wedgie --- :-) Brought back memories of being a kid in Florida and going to Wet n Wild in Orlando. There used to be a mega one of those type of slide (Der Stuka) that was so intense that people wouldn't realize they had "atomic wedgies" at the end, would get up, and as they started walking away would realize it, and suddenly start adjusting. It used to be really funny. Then you had the ones that knew what to expect, and would lay there at the end. adjusting before they got up. It used to be an entertaining 10 to 15 break from running around.

Comment by Josh on 14 Aug 2013

I'm going to visit my family in P.R. from May 21st til June 4th. I'd like to know if Las Cascadas are going to be open during these dates.

Comment by Andres Costales on 05 Mar 2014

I really don't know, but I would guess yes since local school are out.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Mar 2014

My family and I are heading to Puerto Rico in a week and I really appreciate all your information about the park!!! Thank you so much!

Comment by hannah P on 26 Jul 2014

I went last year on Sept.7th until Sept.21st. My husband, daughter and I stayed at Aguadilla and were shocked to find out that "Las Cascadas" were closed because we figured that Puerto Rico is a tropical Island and the water parks should be opened all year round. Nevertheless we loved it so much that we are going back next month for the entire month of March but we are dissapointed yet again because "Las Cascadas" will be closed again! I was looking foward to going this second time but I guess I'll have to just go to the beaches instead. Thank you for your information and vivid description of the place because like yourself it brought me memories from Wet & Wild and Water Country USA water parks from Orlando, Florida! Thanks Again!

Comment by Marisol F on 02 Feb 2015

Me gustan las cascadas son muy bellas

Comment by Kiara S. Arroyo Casiano on 02 Jun 2015

we enjoy las cascadas its awsome!

Comment by zorielys Colon on 01 Jul 2015

Just want to know what date the water park will be open I was in puerto rico and it was close I am coming from St. CROIX to bring the kids and I just wanted to know what date you will reopened

Comment by letty robles on 30 Jul 2015

You will need to contact the park directly. I know they will be open until Aug 30th and then again Sept 5-7th. After that, I don't know.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Jul 2015

Hi Gwenn, I just want to thank you for all the info you've put on your blog. My family and I just moved to Aguada in June, and we have had so many questions about the area. We were just talking about the water park, ice skating rink, and the Aguda museum...so great to find detailed answers here!

Comment by Holly White on 02 Aug 2015

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