Taming the Beast!

We did a lot of fun and interesting stuff on our recent trip to the Caribbean. We hiked through rainforests to secluded waterfalls.

Enjoying the shade at the Emerald Pool, nestled among Dominica's rainforest

Enjoying the shade at the Emerald Pool, nestled among Dominica’s rainforest

We drove some of the wingliest (real word, honest)* roads ever – although admittedly none were as ‘interesting’ as those in Jamaica last year.

A slightly wingly road on St Kitts

A slightly wingly road on St Kitts

We saw plantations – both active and in ruins – for all sorts of exotic crops, including sugar, bananas and nutmeg.

An abandoned sugar plantation, also on St Kitts

An abandoned sugar plantation, also on St Kitts

We walked along beautiful sandy beaches and swam in the warm Caribbean Sea.

The whole gang relaxing on the beach at Hull Bay, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The whole gang relaxing on the beach at Hull Bay, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

And we explored forts on every island we visited.

Me and Phyllis at Castillo San Felipe del Morro (or El Morro, as it's usually called) in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Me and Phyllis at Castillo San Felipe del Morro (or El Morro, as it’s usually called) in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

But in terms of pure thrills, our morning at Toro Verde Adventure Park, near the town of Orocovis in Puerto Rico, was unbeatable.

We started off with eight ziplines of varying lengths and speeds, which was very exciting, but nothing we hadn’t done before.

Sue riding one of the regular ziplines at Toro Verde

Sue riding one of the regular ziplines at Toro Verde

Sue coming in hot!

Sue coming in hot!

But then came the big one. La Bestia. The Beast!

Toro Verde claim the Beast is the highest and second longest zipline in the world, although a quick internet search makes me wonder. Even so, it’s stats are impressive: riders travel a distance of 4745 feet (1446 metres), up to 900 feet (275 metres) above the ground, at speeds of around 60 mph (95 kph).

But the best thing about the Beast is that you ride it prone – lying down – like Superman! You really do feel like you’re flying. And with the Beast’s two parallel cables, you can race your friends to the bottom, at literally eye-watering speeds!

Our turn next!

Our turn next!

Rich & Sue ready to ride the Beast!

Rich & Sue ready to ride the Beast!

Been there, done that!

Been there, done that!

To quote my brother, Bisckits… “Wicked!”

* OK – so it’s not a real word.

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About Jaspa

Star of my own award-winning adventure novels, Jaspa's Journey. Geocaching addict & F1 fan. Adventure Journeyer & blogger extraordinaire. Check out my website: www.jaspasjourney.com And don’t forget to download the books and see what the buzz is all about!
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6 Responses to Taming the Beast!

  1. Claire says:

    I am loving that you actually sent the animals on a zip-line 🙂

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