Everytime I passed by Mystic Mountain Jamaica a few questions popped into my mind. What exactly is in the mountain? Why did I hear screams but see happy and relaxed people leaving the attraction? Where did those chairlifts, that I glimpsed from the road, actually go? After a few years of asking those questions, I finally saw the opportunity to get my answers. Mystic Mountain Jamaica decided to offer locals a huge discount in celebration of our country’s independence. It was finally within my budget so of course I jumped at this offer.
- Located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
- Eco-friendly park that believes in rainforest conservation
- Friendly staff that provides great customer service
Ready For Some Fun? Here Are The Three Reasons Why You Should Visit Mystic Mountain Jamaica:
Soaring above the treetops with the Sky Explorer Tour
In the first minute or two, you might freak out as much as I did. The chair lift will go higher and higher and you may have the urge to look down. You may even hold onto the safety bars for dear life as I did. It was truly an unbelievable experience for me. After about five minutes I started to relax and that’s when I saw an amazing view of Ocho Rios. It was beautiful and I just felt free, soaring in the air. The thrill of being so high above the trees, the breathtaking view that lets you forget and the wonders that you’ll experience at the end of the ride, makes the Sky Explorer worth it. Tip: It can get very windy as you ascend so make sure you hold onto your hats (that’s how my friend lost her hat) and wear enclosed shoes.
Bobsledding through the tropical rainforest
Let me just say that I found out why I heard screams in the mountain. I watched a few youtube videos featuring this ride so I had an idea of what to expect but no amount of videos could have prepared me for what I experienced. I wanted to video the trip through the forest so I opted for my ride to be linked to my friend’s ride. Getting ready, the ride operator told us not to stop on the track and my friend wanted to go fast, so I agreed. One minute into the ride and I started screaming at the top of my lungs, I was holding my chest (like this could help) and I had to drop the camera because I couldn’t hold on. The turns and bumps saw me lifting out of my seat (thank God for the seat belts that assured me that I could make it). At the end of the ride, my legs were shaking and I just had to double check that I was alive. Tip:If you are looking for an adrenaline rush or the fright of your life, then this ride is for you but you need to go fast. If you want to enjoy the scenery of the rainforest a bit then a slower pace is best.
Zip-lining through the canopy
Wow! It was my very first time zip-lining and I loved every second of it. At the beginning, the guides will set up your gear but then joke about something being loose. Don’t worry, you are safe and secure in your harness. The first trip was the hardest for me as I was scared and shaking a bit. The second trip saw me more relaxed and ready to have fun. On my third trip through the canopy, I decided to go upside down. This incredible feeling of total freedom (like George of the jungle) was everything for me. By the time we were walking on the rope bridge to the next platform I was a zip-lining pro. The last trip was beyond beautiful. Just imagine flying through the trees, wind in your hair, then passing a clearing with a stunning view of the blue ocean. Amazing, right? Tip: Save zip-lining for last as once you reach the end, you can’t go back to enjoy the rest of the activities. Try to get a photo of the view on the last zip-line trip.
As if the adventure rides aren’t enough, we get access to the lovely infinity pool that has a slide and a great view of Ocho Rios. They also have a nature trail, history tour about the Jamaican Bobsled Team, a butterfly attraction garden and a special garden to view Jamaica’s national bird, The Hummingbird. Honestly, I didn’t get the chance to explore the gardens because time was flying by (Tip: Go early so that you can enjoy everything) but I did venture to their restaurant. The foodie in me couldn’t resist. The flavour of food could’ve been so much better for the price and to properly represent Jamaica since they were doing Jamaican cuisine. I also noticed that the restaurant service received by locals was lacking (this was strange to me as the ride operators gave excellent customer service).Tip: Ocho Rios town center is close by, so if you want, you can get local food there for less. You can view a list of activities and prices here Mystic Mountain Activities and Prices.
What Should You Bring?
- Comfortable enclosed shoes
- Light clothing
- Bathing Suit
- Jamaican ID (if you want the local rate)
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