If you’re a Winter Olympics fan – or if you just like 90s movies – you know that sunny, tropical Jamaica actually fields a bobsled team. You may be unaware, however, that you can experience Jamaican bobsledding for yourself. Go to Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and you’ll “bobsled” in the rainforest. True, it’s more like a forest roller coaster than an actual bobsled, but it’s thrillingly fast – and the photo op is one of the best. Better yet, when you go to the oceanfront park, you can do more than bobsled. You might try zip lining, take a ride in a chair lift, or splash through water slides and the infinity pool after you lived out your Olympic dreams.
Hop onto the SkyExplorer with your kids at the park’s entryway for a breathtaking chairlift up Mystic Mountain. You take off, ascending high in the air, over tree tops and lush, green foliage. The ride up is leisurely, allowing you to absorb your surroundings in all their magnificence. You feel formidable as you tower over an azure coastline, the pier, and the seaside property – which all seem to have shrunk. The majestic, cascading waters of Dunn’s River Falls grabs your attention here, and you spend a few moments snapping away with your camera. The lift finally comes to a halt when you reach the apex, and you disembark.
Next: A nail-biting bobsled adventure descending Mystic Mountain. Inspired by the story of Jamaica’s famed bobsled Olympians, you realize this adventure is not for the timid, as it’s fundamentally a roller coaster ride. Still, you’re up for it – you can’t very well let your kids’ challenges go unanswered. These high-tech sleds are decked out in Jamaican black, yellow, and green. You’re strapped in with a safety belt, and the kids are seated in the sleds behind you. You take off and zoom through the lush rainforest on a track over half a mile long. Once you get the hang of it, you’re able to control your speed with levers on either side of you: You’re a natural. The best part is that the fun doesn’t have to be over after your run. If the rest of your family is experiencing the same rush you are, check out some of the other attractions, like the butterfly and hummingbird gardens, before you line up for another adrenaline bobsledding rush.