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August is the time when most families come and enjoy the Costa del Sol and take a well-earned break during the summer holidays. It is a wonderful family destination, with so many things to do and a great selection of holiday rental properties, which are perfect when you’re travelling with children. If you’re planning to visit a waterpark during your next holiday, there are three along the Costa del Sol to try:
Aqualand Torremolinos – The biggest along the coast is in Torremolinos, within easy reach of the airport. There’s loads to do there, with 19 different attractions to enjoy. Buying a fast pass is recommended, as queues can be long.
AquaMijas – Located in Fuengirola this is a smaller park, but good for a mix of ages. It has 12 attractions, as well as a nice area for younger kids and this year they opened a new Jacuzzi and slides.
Bahia Park Algeciras – If you’re staying on the western Costa del Sol, between Estepona and Gibraltar, this is a very good option and is actually getting the best reviews on TripAdvisor. Although it isn’t the biggest, it is cheaper and less busy than the other parks, so might be worth a look, even if you’re further afield. It has 17 different attractions to enjoy and this year expanded its area for younger children. We found this was a good option for young children, as if you’re 1.20 meters or more, you can pretty much go on everything.
Here are a few insider tips to help you enjoy a trip to the waterpark to the full.
- Book your tickets online – you will get the best deals and you can often skip the queues
- Wear waterproof shoes – The floors get very hot and can be slippery and it’s quite easy to bash your feet when you’re walking around or zooming down the slides. Beach or swim shoes are great to protect your feet.
- Get there early – Parking can be tricky and queues long, so get there early and choose a weekday to avoid the stress and make the most of the entry fee.
- Pack drinks and snacks – You are able to bring in your own food and drinks as long as it’s not in glass bottles and this can save you a lot of money throughout the day and avoid wasting time queuing.
- Budget for a sunbed and rings – You have to pay extra to have a sunbed, which can come as a surprise for a lot of visitors. They are not very expensive, but make sure you have cash so you can get a few. It’s well worth the investment if you’re going to be there for a whole day. We tend to just get a couple for the adults, as the kids are more than happy running around and then sharing yours when they want a rest or a bite to eat. To cut down on queuing it can be a good idea to hire some extra rings, this does add to the cost, but the kids will thank you for it.
A day at the waterpark is not a cheap day out, but it is a lot of fun!
However don’t worry if this is out of budget, there is a cheaper option which can keep the whole family happy. Head to the beach and look for one of the large inflatable play areas in the sea. These are really challenging, but loads of fun, trying to climb the obstacles and get round the course. This can keep older kids (and the young at heart) happy for hours. They charge either by the hour, or for a whole day for those who have the energy.
While the older kids are burning energy there, the younger ones will be happy if you provide them with a bucket and spade. Other things we always have in the beach bag are a bat and ball, a football and some activity books and colours. Pack snacks, drinks and sandwiches and enjoy your day!!
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