If you’re familiar with Jamaican history, or if you grew up watching the John Candy movie “Cool Runnings,” then you’re probably familiar with the story of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, who fought against all odds to compete in the global games. Now you, too, can ride a bobsled at Mystic Mountain in sunny Jamaica during your beach vacation. It may be one of the most unique ways to see the island.
What to Expect
First, you’ll ascend the mountain by chairlift, where your sled awaits. Once you’re safely strapped in the bobsled, prepare for the thrill of a lifetime. Your custom-built, high-tech sled will descend a whopping 1,000-foot track built directly into the side of the mountain.
While there is a track involved, this is far from a theme-park attraction. The sled is propelled only by the laws of physics. A special hand-brake allows passengers to adjust their speed to slow down and soak up the surroundings.
The mountain in question is Mystic Mountain, a 100-acre park that stretches from the beach to 700 feet above sea. In addition to bobsledding, Mystic Mountain gives visitors ample (and most importantly, environmentally friendly) ways to explore this lush rainforest area.
Go Bobsledding in Jamaica
Mystic Mountain is located in the heart of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The park is close to the cruise ship pier, making it ideal for a one-day cruise stop in Ocho Rios. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen, wear comfortable clothes and don’t forget your camera or binoculars—you have memories to make, after all.
Other Activities at Mystic Mountain
When you visit Mystic Mountain, you’ll find there are equally popular and worthwhile activities other than the bobsled. You have access to the park’s Mystic Pavilion, Lookout Tower, Mystic Waterslide, infinity-edge pool, Butterfly Attraction Garden, Hummingbird Garden and Nature Trail.
If you’ve taken the bobsled ride, you’ve already ascended the mountain on the Rainforest SkyExplorer chairlift, but you haven’t experienced the Canopy Zip Line, which lets you explore the rainforest by gliding from platform to platform. The park’s Tranopy Package includes the bobsled, chairlift and zip line for a single fee. So, what are you waiting for? Book your reservation now!