Rancho Aurora: The Best Little Water Park Near Barra de Navidad

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Rancho Aurora: The Best Little Water Park Near Barra de Navidad

Rancho Aurora

The Rancho Aurora waterpark is a local little gem that delights children of all ages. It’s located along Highway 200 between Jaluco and Barra de Navidad. It’s just 25 minutes from Manzanillo and 10 minutes from Melaque. With an entrance fee of only 30 Pesos for adults and 20 Pesos for children, the price is low enough for locals as well. Our children enjoy practicing Spanish with local children while splashing in the water.

Rancho Aurora Water Park

Our children in one of the pools at Rancho Aurora Water Park.

The park is open daily, except on Tuesday from 10am -6pm. The park is older and could use a paint job, but honestly that’s part of the charm. The slides are very high and would never pass the U.S. codes for safety, but hey, this is Mexico! We enjoy the thrill of being able to play on the wild side. 🙂 There are outstanding play areas for the little ones, and some decent-sized pools for the big kids and adults.

Rancho Aurora Water Park slides

Water slides.

Pirate Climb

Our children climbing aboard the pirate ship.

Rancho Aurora is family owned. You will not find friendlier people anywhere. The owner’s grandchildren are always around the park playing at their grandmother’s “Disneyland water park.” There’s a down home feel to the place that we love.

You can bring along a picnic lunch or order something hot and delicious from the on-site, open-air restaurant. We can vouch for the beef and bean tacos. Yum! There are also small grills available for free if you want to fire one up and enjoy a barbeque.

On-Site Restaurant

On-site restaurant

Barbeque Grills

There are plenty of barbeque grills available at no additional fee.

During the week, we often have the entire park to ourselves. On the weekends this little park is hopping. For children, there’s not much else in this rural area that is as enticing as this colorful water park. What’s not to love about a mushroom shower aboard a pirate ship? Spraying Mushroom

What’s been your child’s favorite water park?
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Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
Brent and Stacey-jean Inion, parents of nine (including four children adopted with special needs), 2014 National Geographic Travelers of the Year and the National Geographic Travelers People's Choice Travelers of the Year. They love to laugh, to read and to explore as a family. The secret to their marital bliss is an early morning cup of freshly brewed coffee before the children awake.

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