Head to Volcano Bay for a tropical getaway (Photo: Universal Orlando)

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With the sunny skies over Orlando this time of year you know it's time to plan your tropical vacation to Universal’s Volcano Bay. Your paradise awaits with white sandy beaches, lush foliage, soothing waterfalls and so much more. There are plenty of exciting water slides and interactive play areas for the kids and a sparkling lazy river with a delicious umbrella drink waiting just for you. Here are 10 ways to live your best tropical life at Universal’s Volcano Bay.

A View of Paradise
Before you get to the park you can already start enjoying the incredible views of its impressive centerpiece volcano. The views from the tower rooms at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort offer a little slice of paradise right out the window. Start every day of your vacation with a view you'll never forget. In addition to standard rooms, you can book two-bedroom suites to bring the whole family on your getaway.

Stroll Right In
One of the best perks of staying at Cabana Bay or Universal’s Aventura Hotel is the option to walk right into Volcano Bay. No driving, no shuttle, just a quiet garden walkway from your resort directly into the water park. These hotels are just steps away, making it incredibly easy to start your tropical day.

Catch a Beautiful Sunrise
An amazing perk of staying at any of the on-site hotels at Universal Orlando is being able to utilize Early Park Admission. You and your hotel guests can enter Volcano Bay a whole hour before it's open to the public! That means you can grab your spot on the white sands of Waturi Beach and enjoy the tranquil sunrise over the volcano—or, get a head start on slides before the crowds arrive.

Grab a Cabana For Ultimate Relaxation
There's no better way to get the most from your day than by renting a cabana at Volcano Bay. Your family can chill and relax in your own private space, fully stocked with a fridge, bottled water, complimentary fruit and snack basket, towel and locker service and of course, extra-comfy lounge chairs. You can even take advantage of concierge service with an exclusive menu of food and drink delivered directly to the cabana.

Let the Current Drift You Away
Your worries and your cares will melt away as you let the current move you along on the Kopiko Wai Winding River. Surrounded by lush tropical foliage, cascading waterfalls and even a magical night sky lit up within the Stargazer’s Cavern, you'll never want to get out of your inner-tube and return to the real world again.

Grab a Tropical Drink (or Two)
With two boat bars you're never too far away from your next fruity drink with a little pink umbrella. Whether you're in a mood for a signature drink like Vol's Fire Punch or a Blue Hawaiian or prefer a draft beer like Kona Big Wave or Volcano Blossom, they've got you covered. Keep your souvenir glass for reduced price on refills and to take home after your vacation.

Admire the Little Things
Between relaxing, lounging and chilling, be sure to explore the beautiful nooks and crannies around the park. There's something interesting around every corner, like the talking tiki god 'Vol' that lives inside the volcano. You can also explore interactive play areas, (because not all of them are just for kids!)

Roll With the Waves
The waves at Waturi Beach allow you to experience the warm waters of the tropics all year round. Relax to the sounds of the iconic waterfall from the Krakatau Volcano towering above you. And keep an ear out for the sound of a tribal gong every 15 minutes, as that means the next set of waves are about to start.

Explore the Wonders of Waterfall Cove
Like your own oasis, the mysterious Waterfall Cove is tucked away in the corner of the Krakatau volcano. You'll feel like you've been transported to an exotic location, far away from the rest of the world, when you discover this gorgeous leisure pool surrounded by nature. Bring a waterproof phone case, because this is one of the most picturesque and Instagrammable locations at the resort.

Indulge in the Sweeter Things
You've ridden the slides, drifted on the rivers and played in the wave pool, only one thing left to do before it's time to say goodbye. It's time for dessert. There are amazing snacks and meals at Volcano Bay, like the surfboard shaped flatbreads and footlong dogs in pretzel buns from Whakawaiwai Eats, but you have to save room for dessert. The Waturi Fusion ice cream is a frozen dream. It's made of 4 different flavors swirled together, and one bite will send you into an instant state of serenity. Now your perfect tropical day is complete.