Labadee, Haiti is Royal Caribbean’s private cruise resort with all the beach attractions, watersports, and fun activities that cruisers look forward to. Private island destinations are popular ports of call for cruises in the Caribbean but Labadee, Haiti is a little different. This 260-acre resort is actually on a coastal peninsula rather than a private island.

    One of the advantages of visiting Labadee is that even the largest Oasis-class ships can moor at the pier, avoiding the need for tenders. The secure gated resort is just over 800 meters long and 400m wide and is very easy to walk around.

    Paved trails make it wheelchair-friendly and easy to navigate on foot. Alternatively, you can take the free tender to quieter Columbus Cove for the day. There’s also a free tram around Labadee with stops at the Dragon Zipline Station near the pier and at Barefoot Station and Town Square. Why not just hop aboard for a quick ride around Labadee!

    Labadee is a thrilling place to spend a day. It has four beautiful white sandy beaches and the warm Caribbean waters are perfect for swimming and a host of watersports. Labadee also has some adrenalin rides including an alpine roller coaster and one of the longest zip-lines over water anywhere in the world.

    Other things to do in Labadee include the massive Arawak Aqua Park with Dragon’s Splash water-slide, cabana rentals, parasailing, jet-skiing, fishing, speed boat adventures, catamaran trips, cultural experiences, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, cafés, bars, and children’s play areas. Prepare for some serious fun!

    In This Article…

    • Where is Labadee?
    • A little history about Labadee, Haiti
    • Who owns Labadee, Haiti?
    • What’s the Weather Like in Labadee, Haiti?
    • How to Visit Labadee
    • Things to Do in Labadee, Haiti
      • Shopping in Labadee
      • Beaches
      • Cabana Rentals
      • Watersports
      • Walking
    • Food and Drink in Labadee
    • Cruise Excursions in Labadee, Haiti
    • Add-on Experiences in Labadee
      • Dragon’s Breath Zipline
      • Dragon’s Tail Coaster
    • Tips When Visiting Labadee, Haiti
    • Labadee FAQs

    Where is Labadee?

    Labadee is located on a peninsula on the north coast of Haiti in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. Haiti occupies the western end of the island of Hispaniola while neighboring Dominican Republic covers the central and eastern end of the island. The two countries are separated by a very high mountain range.

    Allure of the Seas at Labadee (Photo Courtesy: Royal Caribbean)

    Labadee is 32 miles west of the border with Dominican Republic and 134 miles south of Grand Turk , the nearest island. It is 567 miles from Miami, the main departure point for Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.

    A little history about Labadee, Haiti

    The island of Hispaniola was originally inhabited by indigenous Taino people before being “discovered” by Christoper Columbus on his first Voyage of Discovery in 1492. 

    In 1697, the western end of the island (now Haiti) was ceded to France and the lucrative sugar plantations made it one of the richest colonies in the world. During the 17 th century, the Marquis de La Badie settled in the area and it became known as “Labadee”. Then, in 1804 Haiti gained independence.

    Labadee is currently leased to Royal Caribbean as a private resort destination until 2050.

    Who owns Labadee, Haiti?

    Labadee is a 260-acre private resort that was leased to Royal Caribbean Cruises in 1986. In 2009, RCI upgraded the facilities at a cost of $55 million which included building a deep-water dock for visiting cruise ships. The lease runs until 2050.

    Labadee is a popular port of call for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara. This single port contributes the largest amount of tourist revenue to Haiti, employing 300 local people and allowing others to sell their merchandise and services to cruise visitors in the flea market.

    Photo Credit: Joe Hendrickson / Shutterstock.com

    In 2019, 160 cruise ships spent a day at Labadee with 720,000 passengers (and crew) enjoying the resort facilities.

    What’s the Weather Like in Labadee, Haiti?

    Labadee is in the Caribbean and has beautiful warm weather all year round. The average temperature is 80°F with a variance of around 10 degrees.

    It has a dry season with almost no rainfall between December and March, which is the main cruise season in the Caribbean. The wet season is during the summer when it is also the hottest.

    It has more chance of rain and tropical storms between August and October. The hottest month is July.

    How to Visit Labadee

    Labadee, Haiti is privately owned and the only way to visit is by booking a cruise with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity or Azamara cruise ships that include Labadee in their itinerary.

    Labadee Map (Photo Credit: Matt C/Creative Commons)

    Ships berth at the 400-metre-long pier in Buccaneer Bay and only one cruise ship can berth at any time.

    Things to Do in Labadee, Haiti

    At the end of the pier/walkway, one of the first things you’ll see is the Trading Post. There’s a desk where you can book tours, rides and experiences if you have not already done so. This is also the place to enjoy a little shopping and help support the local economy.

    Photo By: Royal Caribbean

    There is a First Aid Station near the tram stops. The resort also has several dedicated smoking zones in an otherwise smoke-free environment.

    From this central point you’ll find lots of things to do while visiting Labadee and many activities are free.

    Shopping in Labadee

    There are 3 Trading Posts selling beachwear, hats, T-shirts etc.

    There’s also a covered Artisan’s Market with excellent shopping opportunities at 70 different booths. Look out for Rum of Haiti for purchasing local alcoholic treats and browse the goods at Carlos which sells beautiful hand-decorated skirts and clothing.

    Artisan Market Place (photo Credit: Creative Commons)

    The Artisan’s Village is an open-air market with many local traders and artisans selling wood carvings, paintings, jewelry and unique souvenirs. You can see them working on their crafts and there’s the chance to haggle a little.

    Beaches

    All Labadee beaches have complimentary beach chairs and hammocks available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Labadee Beach (Photo Credit: Solarisys / Shutterstock.com)

    Labadee has four beautiful sandy beaches:

    • The largest is Adrenalin Beach and has a swim-up floating bar!
    • Home of the Arawak Water Park, Columbus Cove is the furthest beach from the pier. Getting there is easy aboard the free tram, the Columbus Cove Express. Hop aboard at the Dragon Tram Station near the pier.
    • Nellie’s Beach is on the south shore of the bay and is a little rocky in places. Small and secluded, it has gorgeous cabana rentals.
    • Barefoot Beach is exclusively for cruisers staying in Grand Suites.
    Main Labadee Beach (Photo Credit: Dale Morton/Creative Commons)

    Cabana Rentals

    For a romantic escape or to enjoy some quality time with family and friends, rent a private beach bungalow or luxury cabana for the day. Prices range from $263 for a beach bungalow for 8 guests up to an over-the-water cabana at Nellie’s Beach for $579.

    Cabanas Overlook the Beach (Photo Credit: Chris/Creative Commons)

    You can also rent shady beach loungers from $48 for two and the ultimate couple’s four-poster beach beds from $175.

    Watersports

    Labadee is a haven for all types of watersports including kayaking, snorkeling, parasailing over the bay, paddleboarding or just relax on a floating mat.

    The Arawak Water Park at Columbus Cove offers the chance to hop on cooling icebergs, navigate obstacles, water trampolines, slides and more. For youngsters there’s a smaller scale water park called Adventure Ocean Oasis with water toys, buckets and fountains.

    Waverunners Parked in Labadee (Photo Credit: Dixon Tam / Creative Commons)

    If want to enjoy the calm clear waters, floating mat rentals are available at Nellie’s Beach and Columbus Cove for around $19.

    There’s a 300-foot-long Dragon’s Splash twisting water-slide at Columbus Cove ending in a big splash!

    Walking

    If you want to stretch your legs, the resort has paved trails that are color coded. There’s a Leisure walk (green), Moderate walk (amber) and Strenuous Walk (red).

    Food and Drink in Labadee

    All the food and drink is prepared onboard your cruise ship and then transported ashore. This ensures the same standard and quality that you are used to onboard.

    Lunch is complimentary and served at three locations: The Dragon’s Café near the pier, Café Labadee at Adrenalin Beach and Columbus Cove Café. All venues offer a selection of tasty barbecue meats, hot dogs, burgers, chicken, salads and tropical fruit served buffet-style.

    There are five bars dotted around the resort including Dragon’s Breath Pub near the pier, the Floating Bar and Schooner Bar on Adrenalin Beach, Nellie’s Tavern and Columbus Cove Barr. 

    They all serve signature cocktails (try the frozen Labadoozie!), virgin mocktails, sodas and beers. Drinks are typically charged to your account by scanning your stateroom pass. If you have a drinks package as part of your cruise package, it will also be honored at all the bars and restaurants while in Labadee. Hurray!

    Cruise Excursions in Labadee, Haiti

    Cruisers are required to stay within the secure fenced resort area so there are no land excursions around the island.

    Tours boats Leaving at Labadee (Photo Credit: Brian Holland/Creative Commons)

    However, you can book some amazing experiences in Labadee such as:

    • Sport fishing charters
    • 3-hour cruise experience aboard a luxury sailboat
    • A trip to Paradise Cove and the chance to learn about everyday life with a Haitian Village Cultural Experience
    • Half-day snorkeling trip to nearby Amiga Island from $69
    • Catamaran trips along the coast from $54 seeing fishing villages, a fortress and a shipwreck

    Add-on Experiences in Labadee

    There’s plenty of free things to do in Labadee, but you might want to take the opportunity to do a once-in-a-lifetime experience while you’re here. Don’t forget to book early to avoid disappointment!

    Dragon’s Breath Zipline

    The thrilling Dragon’s Breath Zipline is Labadee’s main claim to fame. When it was constructed, it was the longest over-water zipline in the world. It stretches across the shoreline for 2,600 feet (almost half a mile!).

    Dragon’s Breath Zipline (Photo Credit: k1ng/Creative Commons)

    The zipline starts 450 feet up the hillside and the speedy ride lasts for two exhilarating minutes at speeds of around 35mph. The cost is currently around $89.

    Climb the steps and ride the Little Dragon training ride then hop aboard an open shuttle to transport you to the zipline launch platform. You’ll be zipping right across the curving bay so keep your eyes open if you dare as the views are absolutely amazing! Book your time slot well ahead of time as places are limited.

    Dragon’s Tail Coaster

    Those who enjoy thrilling Alpine coaster rides can spend the whole day riding the Dragon’s Tail roller coaster with an all-day pass.

    The 2-person coaster cars wind along the hillside above the beach and drivers can slow down or control the speed of the cars with a brake pedal for the perfect ride. Best time ride and to avoid the lines is as soon as you reach the resort.

    Tips When Visiting Labadee, Haiti

    Use the locker (around $10) to secure your valuables when riding the Dragon’s Breath Zipline. You can keep the locker for the whole day which is useful when swimming and doing watersports too!

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    You will need cash (US dollars) when shopping at the Artisan’s Market and the Artisan Village. It’s also useful for tipping local beach staff and watersports assistants who greatly appreciate the extra income.

    The best months to visit weather-wise are between December and April.

    Avoid the lines at the Dragon’s Tail Coaster by heading there as soon as you arrive.

    Hop aboard the free tram and see the highlights of Labadee. It stops at Barefoot Station, the Dragon Zipline Station and Town Square.

    Take an insulated drinks bottle ashore. You can refill it free at the buffet area and stay hydrated at the beach. NB. Water in the restrooms is not safe to drink.

    Don’t forget to take your beach towel ashore as there are no towel stations in Labadee.

    Labadee FAQs

    Where is Labadee?

    Labadee is located on the north coast of Haiti, on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. Labadee is 32 miles west of the border with the Dominican Republic and 134 miles south of Grand Turk, the nearest island.

    How long is the zipline in Labadee, Haiti?

    The Dragon’s Breath Zipline in Labadee stretches across the bay for 2,600 feet (almost half a mile!). When it was constructed it was the longest over-water zipline in the world.

    Who owns Labadee?

    Labadee is a 260-acre private resort which is leased to Royal Caribbean Cruises. The lease runs until 2050.

    Main Photo Credit: NAN728 / Shutterstock.com

    What ships will be at Labadee Haiti?
    Labadee, Haiti Cruise Ship Schedule 2022 Ship Departure Mariner Of The SeasRoyal Caribbean4001 passengers 01 Aug. - 17:00 Explorer Of The SeasRoyal Caribbean3938 passengers 04 Aug. - 17:00 Oasis Of The SeasRoyal Caribbean6563 passengers 08 Aug. - 16:00 Mariner Of The SeasRoyal Caribbean4001 passengers 10 Aug. - 17:00 more
    Where can I ship a car to Haiti?
    NEX has largest worldwide delivery network for car, specialty vehicle, equipment and boat shipping via RoRo and container ships. Nex provides the most reliable international car shipping services to Haiti. more
    Is Labadee Haiti open to cruise ships?
    After nearly two years without cruise ships or passengers, Royal Caribbean's private destination in Labadee, Haiti is seeing cruises again. On Thursday, Labadee welcomed back mega-ship Harmony of the Seas to its shores with nearly 3,000 guests and almost 2,000 crew members. more
    What was Haiti called before it was called Haiti?
    colony of Saint-Domingue Prior to gaining its independence in 1804, Haiti was the French colony of Saint-Domingue. Under French rule, Saint-Domingue grew to be the wealthiest colony in the French empire and, perhaps, the richest colony in the world. more
    How much does it cost to ship something to Haiti?
    How Much Does It Cost to Ship to Haiti? The average shipping price to send a package from the USA to Haiti is between $200 and $350. The cost may vary depending on the item's weight, the service you choose, and the shipment's origin. more
    Are cruise ships stopping in Labadee Haiti?
    Many cruise ships stop in Labadee, a holiday hot destination in Haiti, where travelers go for an adventure. more
    Are cruise ships still going to Labadee Haiti?
    Labadee continues to appear on itineraries into 2022 and 2023, though it has generally been removed and replaced by other ports of call prior to sailing. more
    Are cruise ships sailing to Labadee Haiti?
    After nearly two years without cruise ships or passengers, Royal Caribbean's private destination in Labadee, Haiti is seeing cruises again. On Thursday, Labadee welcomed back mega-ship Harmony of the Seas to its shores with nearly 3,000 guests and almost 2,000 crew members. more
    Who governs Haiti?
    The current president is Claude Joseph, acting in 2021. In 2010, there were 7,000 people in the Haitian National Police. The Institute for the Protection of National Heritage has preserved 33 historical monuments and the historic center of Cap-Haïtien. more
    How much does it cost to ship a car from Florida to Haiti?
    Most car shipping services to Haiti from the U.S. can be done for $1,200 to $2,700, not including applicable taxes and registration fees. Since Haiti is relatively close, shipping costs can be even less than the numbers mentioned above, especially for transport shipments coming from Florida. more
    Why is Haiti called Haiti?
    The name Haiti is derived from the indigenous Taíno-Arawak name for the entire island of Hispaniola, which they called Ay-ti 'land of mountains'. It was Christopher Columbus who renamed it La Isla Española ('The Spanish Island') when he arrived in 1492. more

    Source: www.cruisehive.com

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