By Mike SiffermanPublished Nov 05, 2018 09:10:01Merritt is one of several islands in the Bahamas to get a $20-million boost in tourism investment this year.
The island’s tourism board announced Wednesday that the Merritty’s Bay, an 80-acre lagoon on the west coast of the country, is to be the first resort on the island to be fully converted to a water park.
The lagoon will include a floating city with a water attraction and a spa, plus restaurants, shops, a fitness center and a playground.
The $20,000 investment will be the largest in Merratti’s history and the first major investment in the country’s lagoon park since its construction in 2015.
The lagoon is expected to be open to visitors in the fall.
The board says it expects to see visitors from as far as Europe and the United States.
“It’s a very unique location,” board member Dr. Joe St. John told the Miami Herald.
“There are no other water parks in the Caribbean.
The only other ones in the world that you can go to are on Mauritius.”
A similar project, known as the Big Wave Lagoon, opened on the east coast of Merratta in 2017.