Water World Open Again

Owners swear this is their final answer
BY: JUAN PICASSO

BY JOSEPH CURRY

Aqua World is a water park made of inflatable attractions, numbering 30 water oriented activities, 17 different dry activities like zip lines and bungee trampolines, a climbing wall, and even an artificial ice skating rink. Aqua World is also equipped with five different pool areas, some as long as 60 feet,  as well as 20 water slides ranging in size from four stories high to little kiddie size. It’s all on what used to be a dusty field across from the soccer field which is across from the bull ring, at the entrance to Cabo San Lucas. This entire collection of dozens of Chinese made inflatables over the 160,000 acres are held up by individual generators constantly blasting air into them.

The whole shebang was open and closed last summer. Open by four naïve Gringos, and quickly closed by the city over water issues. It’s a water park in a tourist zone with nearby native barrios so starved for water that they get a little through their taps only several times a week. What’s for the city to like about that?

After a long grueling fight lasting about six months, the city finally grudgingly let it open. ''We are finally open for good and plan on being here for a very long time,'' explained one of the Aqua World partners, Stan Bodzick. "Since day one, we have never used local, city municipal water, and that was a contention that city government officials wanted to investigate during the 30-days they shut us down. We used that month of down time, solidifying our number one concern for our guests, which is safety. Of our 72 full time employees---all trained in CPR and first aid---40 of them are dedicated to keeping the games safe and orderly. We have a full time paramedic and an ambulance on site, and passed the rigorous inspection of our premises and employees by the Municipal City Code and Safety Inspectors,'' he said. Well, first of all it was way more than one month, it was more like six, and the owners would not talk to us while it was closed. Their local rep, Isais Chavez,  did tell us last summer that they were trucking their water in, and expected to be hooked up to the city water “soon”. Well, obviously that didn’t happen, as per Bodzick’s admission that they were still not using city water.

For now, until either they’re closed down again or summer arrives, Aqua World is open from 10:30 to 5:30 PM. Admission is $35 US for adults and children. (Kids under two years are free, but do you really want to be in a pool with a baby in diapers?) While they haven’t announced nor promoted prices for local Los Cabos residents, this writer did witness a family entering for only $15 for adults and even less for teenagers, so beat them into a bloody stump at the box office.  Supposedly you will need to show your voting card and an electric bill as proof of local residency, but again, if you want to get into this thing, try talking your way in cheaper. Or go full Mexico and just slip the ticket taker a few pesos.

Aqua World’s staff includes three employees who manage the water filtration system, which keeps the water free of toxins; or what is generally known as kids peeing in the pool. No, we did not personally see this filtration system in operation, you might want to ask to see it. Park officials are looking into installing solar panels to help with the cost of the electricity they need to keep the generators puffing air into the pump-em-ups and to heat the pools.

There is food, including soft drinks and bottled water. Looks like it’s a no on the liquor license Chavez said was coming. And it’s a definite no on bringing in your own food and drink.

"It's pretty good exercise,'' said Chavez, who also added, "The city government people were really cool, and obviously feel this project was right for Los Cabos, and good for tourism; which is why we're finally open for good.''

“Really cool” would not be closed down for nearly six months, and to have city water, and to have a liquor license, but hey, they’re open for now, city being cool or not. Better hurry down to enjoy it, we don’t know if they’re going to run out of water, electricity, or the good will of the city.