5 Thrilling Ziplines in the Caribbean
PHOTO: Toro Verde Adventure Park. (Photo by Brian Major)
If you are thinking about trying ziplining, there is probably no better place to go than to the Caribbean. Lush jungles and rainforests are a haven for canopy tours and some of the best are located throughout the region with varying levels of intensity. Some are pushing the limits of adrenaline and some are more exciting for their scenic vistas and others combine a little bit of both.
Toro Verde Adventure Park, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s Toro Verde Adventure Park, located in Orocovis, is home to one of the longest and highest ziplines in the world known as “the Beast.” On Dec. 15, however, “El Monstrou” (The Monster) will change all of that. Toro Verde’s newest adventure begins with the crossing of a suspension bridge and then a climb up a tall tower where riders will suit up with goggles, a keepsake jacket, gloves and green smoke that they can spray as they shoot down the line at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, soaring for one-and-a-half miles through the air. You can book the experience online now, and reservations are recommended.
Rainforest Adventures’ Adrena-Line, St. Lucia
Another heart-pounding zipline experience is offered up at Rainforest Adventures. The Adrena-Line Canopy Tour begins with a nature walk and combines 18 ziplines with a Tarzan swing. For a truly unique experience, try doing the Adrena-Luna, where you can zip around the canopy in the dark.
Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours, Jamaica
Experience rural Jamaica as you zip through the canopy of Lethe Estates with Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours in Montego Bay. The most famous of the lines is known as “Big Timba” and is 1,600 feet long. As you soar over the farmland, you can see the Great River below. Every zipline tour includes off-roading in Pinzgauer military vehicles and the Flavors of Jamaica eco-tour. There is a snack bar in the welcome area and tables and chairs for those who are waiting and watching the fun.
Dragon’s Breath, Haiti
When you search for ziplines in the Caribbean, you can’t miss Dragon’s Breath on Labadee Island in Haiti. The 2,600-foot-long zipline is named after the Dragon’s Breath Cove that you soar over at speeds of upward of 40 miles per hour. It has the distinction of being one of the longest lines in the Caribbean. So if you are an adrenaline junkie and you find yourself on a cruise with one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise lines, this zipline experience comes highly recommended.
Pirates of the Caribbean Canopy, Honduras
Another highly recommended zipline in the Caribbean is the family-friendly Pirates of the Caribbean on Roatan in Honduras. Pirates of the Caribbean offers two different zipline adventures as well as a variety of other activities such as the Pirates Zip and Dip, which includes ziplining and a day of beach fun. The longest zipline is on the Extremely Extreme tour and is 1,980 feet at a height of 328 feet.
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