Mystic Mountain Jamaica is the closest thing to a theme park that Jamaica has. So, that makes it a unique experience on the island. We visited in August 2017 to see what the hype was all about.
You can’t get to Jamaica without seeing ads for Mystic Mountain all over Montego Bay’s airport. If you check top attractions in Jamaica, Mystic Mountain is always on the list. On TripAdvisor, Mystic Mountain has a rating of 4.5 out of 5. Eighty-nine percent of reviewers gave the attraction a 4 or 5-star review.
So what’s the big deal? Read on to find out.
In case you were wondering, we did not ask for, neither did we receive, any form of compensation for writing this post. If you want the full story of our travel review, keep reading. If you just want the highlights or the key tips, please scroll to the bottom.
The ride to Mystic Mountain took us just over 30 minutes from Mais Oui Villa. Coming from Discovery Bay, the attraction is on the right-hand side just past Dunn’s River Falls. Dolphin Cove is just across the street, a short walk to the left.
We got to Mystic Mountain around 11am. Fortunately, there were no cruise ships in port so the park was not very crowded. After getting our armbands, we were allowed entry.
There are four tour packages – the Sky Explorer, Sky Explorer and Bobsled, Sky Explorer and Zipline and the Tranopy. We did the Tranopy which included all three tours.
The Sky Explorer is actually the chairlift that takes you from the entrance of the park to the main attractions at Mystic Mountain. You cannot get there otherwise so it is kind of a misnomer to call it a tour. When we went, it cost US$47 for adult and US$23 per child, between the age of 5 and 11.
I’m not sure why anyone would choose the Sky Explorer tour option alone. To do so means that one would pay $47 for, in essence, a ride up to the park just to see the exhibits and to use the pool. Unless you are going to do ziplining and or the bobsled, paying for the Sky Explorer alone makes no sense, to me anyway.
Hot Tip: If you are thinking of visiting Mystic Mountain to do only the Sky Explorer tour, save your money. You get better value hanging out at the pool where you are staying.
On the Sky Explorer, you are several hundred feet off the ground and you get an excellent view of the town of Ocho Rios. The view of the sea is gorgeous. You can get some great photos but do hold on tight to your camera.
The lift goes very slowly, which while not my cup of tea, makes sense from the standpoint of safety.
There is a camera at station #11 so get ready fonce you get to station #10. As a fluke, the camera flashed but our picture was not taken the first go around.
In an effort at crowd control, the staff directed us to do the zipline first.
There were five ziplines of a minute or so each. The zips were fairly tame. Only one person screamed the whole time and she was anxious before we even got to the first platform. If you have zipped before you will be disappointed. These ziplines would be great for first-timers.
We were taken in a large group and we moved from station to station only after everyone in the group had zipped. This meant that there was a lot of waiting around for no good reason. We would have been able to get through faster if we were in smaller groups. It took well over an hour to get through the zips.
While we waited, the guides were quite entertaining. They were telling jokes and pointing out various tress and rock formations.
Hot Tip: Avoid doing the zipline first if at all possible.
The zipline ends about half way down the mountain so we had to take the Sky Explorer all the way down to the entrance of the park then back up the mountain to get to the bobsled. Also, since we were halfway down the mountain, most of the chair lifts that came by were already occupied so it took us forever to be able to get on. The Sky Explorer was fine for our initial trip up the mountain but it isn’t a tour so we were bored the second go around. On top of that, it is slow.
The bobsled ride was fun and was our favorite ride. For about 2 minutes you get to ride in a roller coaster where the car is designed like a bobsled. The fun part is that you get to control the speed. We would have bought more rides but by then we had wasted so much time that we decided not to.
There is an infinity edge pool with a waterslide which is included in the price. The pool is small for an attraction. The slide is an aluminium slide so it can get hot. There is a nice view of Ocho Rios from the pool area.
There is a restaurant and of course the obligatory gift shop; however, there are some interesting educational exhibits about athletics in Jamaica, Appleton Rum production, and Jamaica’s maritime history.
There is also a very small hummingbird garden, which was very educational. If you have ever wanted to attract hummingbirds to your yard, you will find some useful tips. The birds come right up to you, which is kind of cool.
We spent about 4 hours at Mystic Mountain. It was after we left that we realized that we got very little done in that time – the zipline tour and one twirl on the bobsled ride. We spent quite a bit of time on the Sky Explorer going between the entrance to the park and the zipline.
Pros … There is no other attraction like it on the island
Cons … This is one of the pricier attractions on the island.
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‘Til next time.
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Sherry, Darrell, and Darrian
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