Whether you're an extreme sports veteran or have simply been contemplating the idea of experiencing the incredible adrenaline rush of bungee jumping, you'll find that actually choosing the jumping location isn't so easy.
The following international hot spots were selected for their popularity and unique features such as height, scenery, body dip capabilities, and other extras that make bungee jumping the thrill of a lifetime. Just pick a destination and take the plunge!
Bungee America Inc., California
Located in Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles, Bungee America Inc. is the oldest operating bungee jumping company in the United States and the only company in California that is State-licensed to let visitors jump from a bridge. The bridge in question is the "Bridge to Nowhere," from which you take a plunge between the walls of a steep canyon toward rushing water raging ten stories below.
You can choose among many options, from the "Single Jump" to the "Extreme Package," which includes five jumps. The first four jumps in the Extreme Package are performed with a body harness (select from front dive, back dive, front flips, back flips, and elevator drop) and the fifth is with an ankle harness. Not recommended for the faint of heart.
Claim to fame: Many Hollywood bungee stunts were filmed here, including a Salt-N-Pepa video and an MTV Road Rules vs. Real World television special.
The UK Bungee Club, United Kingdom
This is the largest bungee club in the UK, offering year-round nationwide events. While it has a semi-permanent site at Fairlop Waters in London, it also has four mobile cranes, which allow the company to set up special events across the country. You can take the plunge from 170 or 300 feet, and you can even raise money for your favorite charity. Charities that have benefited from UK Bungee Club activities include the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the Alzheimer's Society.
Claim to Fame: Many members of the crew have participated in ESPN's X Games.
Tropical Bungee, Costa Rica
The Colorado River Bridge rises 265 feet above the tropical forests of Costa Rica, offering a breathtaking plunge over a lush gorge. If the exhilarating jump isn't enough, Tropical Bungee offers "Adrenaline Tours" for hardcore adrenaline junkies. The package includes a full day of bungee jumping, rock climbing and paragliding, as well as transportation and meals.
Claim to fame: The incredible scenery.
With so many amazing bungee jumping locations around the world, it"s time to stop making excuses; just go for it! The adrenaline rush you"ll experience will undoubtedly turn you into an instant addict. If not, you can always try safer sports such as bowling or billiards...
Take the 341-foot plunge from Victoria Falls Bridge, which lies in the "no man"s land" between the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Jumpers and spectators must indicate that they are only proceeding onto the bridge and that they will be returning via the same border post.