Caribbean Travel

Labadee, Haiti | Travel Guide

On the north coast of Haiti sits a tropical haven Royal Carribean calls their own. Set amid spectacular mountains and lush foliage, Labadee is reserved exclusively for Royal Carribean International guests. Though privately owned, this breathtakingly beautiful destination still retains much of its local color. 5 white sandy beaches with crystal clear water awaited us with numerous water activities. 

Barefoot Beach Club is reserved for those guests staying in the Grand Suites or above. For a quiet place to spend your day, head over to Nellie’s beach. It’s the furthest away from the pier and Adrenaline beach. For even more relaxation, you can book a massage on the beach! 

 

Since this is Royal Caribbean’s island they set up a buffet lunch for their guests completed with jerk chicken and barbeque items galore! You can also head back to the ship and eat at the WindJammer Marketplace or any other restaurant of your choice. 

For the ultimate relaxing and pampered day, you can rent a cabana for an additional fee. The cabanas are located in two areas: Nellie’s Beach and Barefoot Beach (suite guests only). There are only a limited number of cabanas and as a suite guest, you have the benefit of booking the cabanas prior to the cruise through the ships and conceirge services. Once aboard all other guests have the opportunity to reserve any available cabanas on a first come basis. 

 

I know many of you are thinking cabanas are extra and do I really need one? Well here’s the thing; for people wanting to spend the entire day on the beach/island and have an upscale private beach experience with lower crowds I would recommend you go for a cabana. If you have young kids I also recommend it as everyone gets good shade and nap time will be a breeze. 

 

Cabana prices vary from $295-$500 based on the location. The highest priced cabanas are the ones sitting over the water. Included in the rental cost is full day access to your own private cabana furnished with two lounge chairs and a sofa. You will receive towels, 4 bottles of water, floats, snorkel gear and have an upgraded lunch buffet. You also have your own cabana attendant who will bring you any items from the bar or help you with whatever you need. 

 

Some fun things to do in Labadee Haiti: 

  • Ride the longest zip line over water – As soon as you step foot onto Labadee, you will likely notice the zip line cables extending from the top of a nearby mountain. The Dragon’s Breath zip line takes you 500 feet above the beach as you reach speeds of 40-50 miles per hour. The zip line is 2,600 feet long and begins atop lookout mountain, and will take you above the ocean and land. When you sign up for this activity they first take you to a mini zip line to practice. If you’re really afraid of heights, this may not be the right activity for you but do know that it is totally safe and a great way to get over the fear of heights. 
  • Arawak Aqua Park – This park is a good idea if the idea of jumping, falling and cannonballing into the ocean off giant inflatable objects excites you. While you can lay on the beach and dip in the water as you please, this water park has floating trampolines, pyramids, and water slide to keep you cool while having fun in the picture-perfect views of the turquoise sea around you. 
  • Parasail – Parasailing will provide you with a true appreciation of Labadee’s natural beauty. You will get some amazing views as well!
  • Jet Ski – If you are looking for a high-speed adventure then jet skiing is the activity for you. 
  • Deep Sea Fishing – Many people don’t know this but you can go fishing while in Labadee. Royal Carribean offers a 3-hour fishing voyage off the coast of Labadee, where your captain takes in search of saltwater fish to catch. Guests board a 25.5 foot boat for a chance to find and reel in various large fish, such as marlin, tuna, wahoo, and mahi mahi. 
  • Alpine Coaster – Located 680 feet up on Santa Maria’s lookout mountain, you will find the Dragon’s Tail roller coaster, which is an alpine coaster. Basically, this is a single car vehicle that races down a track at 30 miles per hour and features 360-degree turns as well as dips, waves, and curves where you will be able to catch glimpses of the ocean. 

In all the beach and sun fun don’t forget to take a moment to visit the Adrenaline Floating Bar. The floating bar is surrounded by water and is located underneath the zip line which should give you some fun views as guests enjoy a beverage at the bar. Walk through the ocean to the bar, climb up and order and enjoy a drink. 

No trip to Labadee is complete without the official island drink, the Labadoozie. They serve you the Labadoozie in a souvenir cup too! This drink can be ordered with or without alcohol. 

Like all souvenir cups, these are not included in any of the Royal Caribbean drink packages but can be purchased a la carte with the SeaPass card. 

Make a stop at the Artisan Village where they sell authentic hand crafted foods, art, and clothing. Don’t forget to bargain! There also is an Artisan Marketplace that offers similar goods but you won’t be able to do much bargaining there. The Haitian rum is a top pick! Remember to bring cash as your SeaPass card does not work for these purchases. 

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Marie
    August 28, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Your pictures make the post come alive, I felt like I was right there….love the blue waters! Another one on my bucket list!

  • Reply
    VJ
    September 3, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Is this royal caribbean’s private island? do you really get to experience the culture of Haiti? most of what I have read says this area is cordoned off from the locals and therefore nothing like the rest of Haiti

    • Reply
      mrsgupta
      September 3, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      It is Royal Caribbean’s private island however you do get a feel for the culture. There is an artisan market on the island where locals sell their handicrafts and you see people working and just going about their daily lives.

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