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Top 5 Caribbean Islands for Adventure Lovers

April 19, 2016
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Editor’s Note: Some of the information below may be out-of-date. Dominica and Puerto Rico were heavily impacted by Hurricane Maria. Please visit caribbeantravelupdate.com for the latest news.

Forget the beach: try these five white-knuckle excursions instead.

Top 5 Caribbean Islands for Adventure Lovers
Jamaica Follow the rum-fueled crowds to Rick’s Cafe, a cliff-hugging bar in Negril, Jamaica, where tourists and locals alike routinely hurl themselves from a series of rocky bluffs – the tallest of which is 35 feet above sea level. Afraid of heights? Then descend to one of the lower cliffs, where you can jump from just 5 feel above the water. Safety check: Drinking and jumping is not recommended. rickscafejamaica.com Zach Stovall
Top 5 Caribbean Islands for Adventure Lovers
Dominica Fed by five active volcanoes, Dominica’s canyons are geothermal works in progress. See them on an Extreme Dominica canyoning tour, a three-hour excursion that takes visitors hiking, rappelling, climbing and swimming through a white-water gorge. (Wear a swimsuit.) When you’re done, consider trekking to Boiling Lake, a natural hot spring that reaches 198 degrees Fahrenheit. extremedominica.com Shutterstock
Top 5 Caribbean Islands for Adventure Lovers
Belize If you want real bird’s-eye view of Belize’s lush rainforests without having to head to the airport, a microlight (also known as an ultralight) excursion with Big Earth might be the better ticket. On this cross between hang gliding and flying a small plane, you’ll get a glimpse of howler monkey troops, thatch-roof villages, winding rivers and forgotten Maya temples from about 5,000 feet up. bigearth.com Zach Stovall
Top 5 Caribbean Islands for Adventure Lovers
Puerto Rico Experience one of the world’s longest zip-lines with a ride on The Beast, a 4,745-foot-long line suspended more than 850 feet above ground in Puerto Rico’s Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park. This is not your typical mundane canopy tour: You’ll fly over the forest Superman-style – face down, hands out and at speeds of up to 65mph – for nearly three hair-raising minutes. ziplinetourspr.com Shutterstock
Top 5 Caribbean Islands for Adventure Lovers
Aruba Experience a full 40 seconds of blood-pumping free-falling, followed by a long, slow glide over Aruba’s rugged landscape. WIth Skydive Aruba, first you’ll fly to 10,000 feet aboard a four-passenger Cessna; then you and your instructor will take the plunge in tandem – which begins as a 120 mph descent over the Caribbean Sea. No experience necessary. skydivearuba.com Shutterstock
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