How Westgate Resorts is turning Wakulla Suites into the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort

Westgate Resorts is set to turn the former Wakulla Suites into the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort following a $14-million renovation that is already 50 percent complete.

When it opens this summer, the property will have two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominiums; as well as a tropical-themed water park with a lazy river, splash pad and water play area.

Purchased by Westgate Resorts in 2016, the renovation covers every aspect of the property, including all new exteriors, interiors, lobby and amenities.  All the suites will be rebuilt from floor-to-ceiling with new touches like stainless-steel appliances and wood finishes. Each suite will have a living space, full kitchen with both table and bar seating, as well two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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The new centerpiece of the beachfront resort will be complimentary guest access to a 75,000-gallon tropical-themed waterpark with action slides, a splash pad and a 335-foot lazy river. The waterpark will have tropical landscaping and surfing themed décor.

For events, the property will have a 3,500-square-foot flexible banquet and meeting space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean as well as a bar. The new banquet and meeting space is scheduled to be completed in spring 2018.

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