Catch a wave at Caribbean Bay water park in Yongin

Swimmers prepare for an oncoming wave at the Caribbean Bay water park in Yongin, South Korea, July 3, 2020.


By MATTHEW KEELER | Stars and Stripes | Published: July 30, 2020

Built on the theme of the exotic and luxurious adventures of a pirate, Caribbean Bay is a water park for everyone from the newest buccaneers to the saltiest captains to ever sail the open seas.

Conveniently located just east of Suwon, the Everland Resort water park features an enormous indoor play area for all ages and the sprawling outdoor area features the main attractions for the toughest thrill-seeking adventurers.

Themed attractions include a lazy river, fast water slides, water-splashing fortresses for the kids and more, all totaling more than 25 activities to pack into your day.

A popular attraction for everyone is the wave pool. At the sound of a boat horn, a series of waves approaching 8 feet tall provide the experience of sailing rough seas. A wearable floatation device is required and can be rented all day for 7,000 won (about $6).

Once you have a feel for pounding waves, step up your game and see how you handle the Mega Storm. The storm is a 120-foot-high slide that accommodates you and five other seadogs in a giant tube as you make your way to the bottom into a large funnel-shaped tornado.

While you can expect to play hard and experience some of the fastest, wildest water attractions throughout all of South Korea, admission includes access to some of the most relaxing water amenities.

Recover at the spa area from any fatigue you experience during your visit to the park. Here you can enjoy the scents of jasmine, lemon, elvan and jade, along with a warm bath and foot spa. Additionally, five saunas are available.

By booking your visit in advance through the park’s English-language website each ticket is just 47,000 won (about $39). Should you decide to show up at the gate, expect to pay about 74,000 won for an adult ticket.

Although ticket prices and rental fees drop after 2:30 p.m., the better value is to arrive when the park opens at 10 a.m. Lockers are available for 2,000 won.

Equipment rentals on site are available to enhance your stay. These include individual sun loungers for 20,000 won, outdoor circular daybeds for two to four people for 60,000 won, or get a private cabana for 110,000 won.

Caribbean Bay currently requires everyone to wear masks indoors and while waiting in lines for the attractions. Once you reach your destination or enter a water attraction, you can place your protective covering in a supplied zip-close bag.

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DIRECTIONS: By subway to Giheung Station on Bundang Line, transfer to Everline. Get off at the last stop on Everline and take the free shuttle bus to Everland and Caribbean Bay. Everline operating hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

TIMES: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Saturday; outdoor rides close at 5 p.m.

COSTS: 74,000 won (about $61); 47,000 won when booking online

FOOD: Snack stands and restaurants available. Korean and American options

INFORMATION: www.everland.com/web/multi/english/caribbean/main.html

Parkgoers prepare to take a ride on the Mega Storm water slide at Caribbean Bay in Yongin, South Korea, July 3, 2020.