Labadee, Haiti: A Royal Caribbean Paradise
Royal Caribbean owns a private beach on the northern coast of Haiti, Labadee. With stunning views, a beautiful beach, and a plethora of activities to choose from, it is no wonder that Labadee is so popular among cruisers. With over 260 acres, Labadee, Haiti is sure to be a great port of call, no matter what you like to do.
Because this beach is owned by the cruise line, Royal Caribbean brings food from the ship to the island for guests to have lunch. It is an open air venue, serving food buffet style and offers items that you cannot otherwise get on the boat, most notably ribs. Since this food is brought from the ship, you have already paid for it in the cost of your cruise. Bar service is available throughout the beach selling alcohol and drinks out of coconuts, which can be purchased using your seapass card or your drink packages.
Royal Caribbean offers 26 Labadee excursions, although most are pretty pricey. As at typical beaches, kayaks, parasails, and jet skis are available for rent. Some other notable excursions are:
- Dragon’s Breath Flight Line -The longest zipline over water
- Dragon’s Splash Waterslide -300 feet, 10 twists and turns all leading you down into the Columbus Cove Splash Zone
- Dragon’s Tail Coaster -Take a 30 mph ride around the beach to see all that Labadee has to offer
- Nellie’s Beach -Rent a private and luxurious cabana
- Arawak Aqua Park -Trampolines, slides, and floating inflatable toys in the water for you to climb and play on
- Rent beach mats to float in the water on
Should shopping be more your style, there is a small market where you can purchase handmade crafts to take home with you. Bring cash as that is the only way you can buy these goods. Relaxing on the beach is one of the best ways to take advantage of Labadee’s beauty, and it is free. Royal Caribbean provides lounge chairs throughout the beach and no matter which area you choose, you are sure to have a beautiful view. Make sure to pack a pair of tennis shoes as there are lots of rock formations to explore that are great photo opportunities.
Haiti welcomes Royal Caribbean to their island as the cruise line contributes lots of revenue to the Haitian economy. In fact, Royal Caribbean employs some 300 locals, allowing 200 to sell handmade items at the beach for a small fee, and pays the Haitian government $12 per tourist that visits Labadee, a price that was just increased by Royal Caribbean themselves. The beach is fenced off from other areas of Haiti so guests can feel safe and secure.
Our time in Labadee, Haiti was awesome. Although we did not take part in any of the excursions Royal Caribbean offered, we found lots of cool areas to explore and got some great pictures. If you end up on a cruise with Labadee on the itinerary, it is one port you will not want to miss!
This article was written by Taylor Pittman.
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