Labadee is on a peninsula on the north coast of Hispaniola, half of which is Haiti and the other half the Dominican Republic. It lies tucked between lush mountains and tropical woodlands. Hispaniola was the name Christopher Columbus gave the entire island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Recent political unrest made Haiti and undesirable destination, but Royal Caribbean has cordoned off a remote portion of the island and the totally safe and private compound provides guests an opportunity to experience the magnificent beauty of this region. Only guests of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are allowed at this located. French and Creole are the official languages, but since you are on a private beach, English is accepted.
Labadee is just right for soaring through the air on the longest zipline ride in the Caribbean at Dragon’s Breath Point. Royal Caribbean has made improvements and updated this island paradise to include a new water park. This area has five different beach areas, offering more than just a beach experience. A number of optional shore excursions allow a glimpse into the local culture and its rich history. You can also take part on a narrated coastal tour, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, enjoy parasailing or a banana boat ride.
For those looking to purchase local crafts, the Haitian Marketplace is where you will find native crafts. These local shops and artisan booths offer Haitian paintings, crafts, coffee, woodcarvings, dolls, clothing, beads and cognac. (Remember to barter). Be aware that all of the prices are negotiable and expect to encounter strong sales and negotiating tactics. At some areas, be prepared to offer about half of the asking price as a beginning point.
A barbecue lunch is served at three different dining venues, which are permanent open-air building. Bars are conveniently positioned throughout Labadee and bartenders wander the beach offering sodas and specialty drinks.
Enjoy the beach and water sports, the local culture and sightseeing, or just relax and enjoy your day in paradise.