Labadee, Haiti: A Royal Caribbean Paradise
Labadee is Royal Caribbean’s private beach on the northern coast of Haiti. With stunning views, a beautiful beach, and a plethora of activities to choose from, it is no wonder why 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.
Food and Drinks
Because the cruise line owns Labadee, Haiti, 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. Some sell alcohol and other beverages out of coconuts. These can all be purchased using your Seapass card and most are eligible with drink packages.
Royal Caribbean offers 26 Labadee excursions. Heads up: most are pretty pricey. As with 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
- 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
- Dragon’s Tail Coaster -Take a 30 mph ride around the beach to see all that Labadee has to offer
- 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. Note: the only way to buy these goods is with cash. Relaxing on the beach is one of the best ways to take advantage of Labadee’s beauty and best of all it is free. Plus, Royal Caribbean provides lounge chairs throughout the beach. Be sure to pack a pair of tennis shoes! There are lots of rock formations to climb that result in great photo opportunities.
Royal Caribbean and Haiti
Haiti welcomes Royal Caribbean to their island because 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. They also pay 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 feel safe and secure.
Do not miss Labadee
My time in Labadee, Haiti was awesome. My husband (Blake) and I opted to spent our day exploring the island instead of going on an excursion. We got some great pictures. If you end up on a cruise with Labadee on the itinerary, it is one port that you will not want to miss!
This article was written by Taylor Pittman Hardy.
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