If you are looking to take a break from lounging at the beach and want to put some excitement into your day take a zip line tour. Zip lining is an excellent way to get both your nature and adventure fix. Most of the tours you will find in the Caribbean will take you through the canopy of a jungle and involve a moderate hike. Zip lining definitely provides an adrenaline rush. I was so nervous my legs were shaking uncontrollably before my first launch, but by the time the tour was done I wanted to go again! Here is a breakdown of what to expect of a zip line tour.
Time:Expect to spend about half a day on a zip line tour. Much of the time is spent on the bus ride, the hike, and waiting in the lines. The zips themselves are pretty fast.
Cost: Most zip line tours are going to run you around $80-$100 which includes transfer from your hotel.
Tour: Once you get to launch platform a guide will strap you in and as soon as you lift your feet they will set you free. During the initial few feet you will drop down a little bit, this is supposed to happen so don’t worry. Approaching the end of the zip line it will look as if you are about to hit the tree in front of you, but you won’t. There are braking systems that both the user as well as the guides can control and a guide will be at the end to help you with your landing. Some tours focus mainly on just straight zips while others may get a little more adventurous with straight down rappels or angled zips.
Weather: Most tours still operate if it is raining and the rain causes you to fly faster so expect a little more excitement.
What to wear: Closed toed shoes are a requirement. You are not able to take a purse or backpack with your on the zips; you will be asked to leave your items behind. Some tours will offer lockers at a price, but some may not so don’t risk it. I suggest wearing cargo pants with pockets that zip or dig through your box of 80’s gear and bust out that fanny pack you have been dying to wear again. Shorts are fine to wear but you may want to opt with long pants if you are worried about bug bites.
Photos: Most tours will have an option to buy photos that they take during the zips. I suggest each member of your group have a camera with them so you can take pictures of each other; you absolutely will not have time to be passing the camera back and forth.
Overall experience:I give it a 10! If your vacation spot offers a zip line tour do not pass this up, I promise it will be the highlight of your trip.
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