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Best Places to Zip Line

Best Places to Zip Line

by Gemma Gosuico

If you're ready to take it over the top with your next Caribbean vacation, zip lining is the perfect way. Get your heart pumping with a breath-taking view from the tree tops! You can't go wrong with these top five zip lining destinations.

Near the top of your zip lining list should be Costa Rica. It's a pioneer in the sport of zip lining and continues to set the bar for all zip lining destinations. Nosara, Costa Rica, in the Guanacaste area, is home to the world's longest zip lining tour. You can soar seven miles with that tour, or head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve to take it a bit easier. Rest up at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Central Pacific then head to the cloud forest where you can fly through a series of shorter ziplines that gradually lead you down a quarter-mile ride. It really doesn't matter which ride you choose. You're guaranteed to be several hundreds of feet high, zooming down the line and soaring over howler monkeys, waterfalls and jaguars.

If your heart is set on zip lining in the Caribbean, you can find it there too. Consider Antigua - you can reach a natural high on zip lines that'll have you speeding over the scenic valley at Fig Tree Drive. Adventurers can dare to conquer the challenge course or take the popular "Stairway to Heaven" zipline that brings you to the Canopy Cafe. There you can grab a snack as you watch other zip liners rush by. When you're all done playing superhero, you can spend the rest of your vacation relaxing at Galley Bay Resort & Spa.

Much like Antigua, Jamaica is a jammin' zip lining island destination. It's home to the popular Mystic Mountain. Mystic Mountain covers more than 100 acres of natural springs, tropical foliage and colorful birds. Take a ride and you'll be treated to an aerial tour through the jungle, a chair-lift journey over the Jamaican countryside, and, of course, a zipline adventure over the tree tops. If you're a real thrill-seeker, you can book a nighttime zipline, which lets you fly through the trees to platforms lit up with torches.

But Jamaica isn't the only island where you can enjoy moonlight zip lining. St. Lucia offers a unique zip lining adventure that's open only three days a month during the full moon. During this time, you can explore the forest at night over a series of canopy zip lines and floating steps. If you can't make a full moon ride, there are still plenty of daytime zip line tours that let you fly from tree to tree, swing like Tarzan, and rappel back down to the ground. Book a stay at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, and you'll be right by the harbor and still within close distance to these zip lining adventures.

While all of these adventures are sure to get your adrenaline going, the ultimate in daredevil excitement lies in Puerto Rico. Toro Verde Nature Park, about an hour west of San Juan and the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, houses the mother of all zip lines: Toro La Bestia. If the name isn't enough to get your spine tingling, we'll let you in on why this zipline is on every thrill-seeker's bucket list. Toro La Bestia is a facedown zipline which sends you propelling on an almost 5,000 foot-long and 900-foot high journey at speeds of up to 60 mph.

So, strap on your helmet, buckle up your harness and take a leap on your next Caribbean vacation. These great places to zipline will surely take you over the edge.
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