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 more than 260 acres, Labadee, Haiti, is sure to be a great port of call, no matter what you like to do.
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Labadee’s Food and Drinks
Because the cruise line owns the island of Labadee, Royal Caribbean brings food from the ship for guests to enjoy a complimentary lunch in the beautiful setting of Haiti. The buffet-style food is served in an open-air venue and offers fruit, vegetables, jerk meats, ribs, hamburgers, salads, and more.
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.
Activities at the Cruise Port
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, ten 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 that 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.
Haiti welcomes Royal Caribbean to their island because the cruise line contributes lots of revenue to the Haitian economy. 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 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 of call that you will not want to miss!
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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