Cailey Rizzo
November 20, 2017

Two months after Hurricane Irma whipped through St. Martin, devastating an estimated 90 percent of buildings on the Dutch-owned side of the island, a new theme park will open with a “world’s best” attraction.

Rainforest Adventures at St. Martin's Rockland Estate will open to the public on Friday, November 24, featuring the world’s steepest zip line.

Richard Hazel

The park was scheduled to open over the summer, but hurricane damage delayed the opening. Now, as St. Martin starts to welcome back tourists (commercial cruise ships were welcomed back on November 5), the island is adding more reasons to visit.

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The Flying Dutchman will be Rockland Estate’s main attraction when it opens. The park bills the zip line attraction as the steepest in the world, dropping 1,050 feet in elevation across the 2,800 feet of cable. Riders will zip down over greenery at 56 miles per hour.

And they're off!!! Testing of The Flying Dutchman is in full swing 😁 Thank you to @rainforestadventures , @rainforestadventurescr and @mysticmountainjamaica for being apart of this exciting day!

Posted by Rainforest Adventures St Maarten on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Souliga Sky Explorer, a four-person chairlift, will be another starring attraction at Rockland Estate. The chairlift will take riders up almost 3,000 feet of cable to the Crow’s Nest atop Sentry Hill, the highest point on St. Martin at 1,125 feet. The view at the top is a panorama of St. Martin and the surrounding islands.

Richard Hazel

Two other rides, the Sentry Hill zip line and the Schooner ride (a downhill inner tube attraction) are scheduled to open in early 2018.

The park is built on the Emilio Wilson Estate, a plantation whose buildings date back to the 1700s. Visitors will pass through the former plantation house — now turned into a museum — to learn about the island’s culture and history before entering the rides. Rockland Estate will also have onsite dining, Emilio’s Restaurant, in homage to the property’s former owner.

Packages for both the Flying Dutchman and the Souliga Sky Explorer start at $109.

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