If you’re going to Labadee, Haiti on your Royal Caribbean cruise, check out this list of the top things to do while visiting this exclusive, private peninsula destination.
Zip lining at Labadee, Haiti; Photo by dbvirago/Stock.Adobe.com
When your ship docks in this port, you’ll have a free, full barbeque lunch waiting for you on the island. Start your adventures with burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and side dishes served buffet-style in a picnic area overlooking the ocean.
It’s one of the most breathtaking places in the area, only a 20 – 30 minute boat ride from Labadee, and you must book a shore excursion to get there. Small and secluded, beaches offer hammocks, sun beds, and shaded areas are great for resting. You can also snorkel in some parts (but you must bring your own gear).
This beach is a beautiful spot to head for some tranquility, with an excellent backdrop of the mountains and endless view of the ocean.
DRAGON’S TAIL COASTER AND ZIPLINE
Try out two of the most popular activities. The 2,800-foot zipline takes you through the air across the island, hitting 50 mph while you take in the incredible views. On the Dragon’s Tail coaster, you’ll ride alongside the mountain where you can also view the forest and ocean. Enjoy one of the best views of the island as you hit 30 mph down the final drop.
Columbus Cove in Labadee, Haiti; Photo by EWY Media/Stock.Adobe.com
PARADISE COVE AND HAITIAN VILLAGE EXPERIENCE
Learn about the culture of the Haitian people, relax on the beach at Le Village in Paradise Cove, visit a typical Haitian home, see how local products are prepared, and more during this three-hour tour.
If you’re in the mood for some shopping, the stores at the Artisan Market and Artisan Village are full of handmade gifts and items from jewelry, clothing, and souvenirs to household goods and accessories. The market area only accepts cash, so make sure you have some on hand.
Take the complimentary ferry to Columbus Cove Beach, located on the far side of the island (or head there on foot for the 15 – 20-minute walk). With fewer people than other beaches, this can be a great place for quiet relaxation. You can also access some excursions and the water park from here.
Private cabanas in Adrenaline Beach Labadee, Haiti; Photo by EWY Media/Stock.Adobe.com
Called “Adrenaline” because of the waves and rocky bottom on one side of the beach, you can order drinks without having to leave the water at the swim up bar, rent a cabana, or lie in the sand and relax. Along the beach find the Adrenaline Ocean Oasis, the perfect place for kids to play.
This beautiful beach is the perfect spot to get some Instagram-worthy shots of your cruise ship. Rent a cabana and get golf cart transportation to the ship, buffet, or other places you want to go. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, rent a floating mat or do some kayaking.
ARAWAK AQUA PARK
Kids will want to head to this inflatable water park featuring blow-up structures floating on the ocean surface, a rolling log, a floating trampoline, and a water slide. Tickets are $15 for an hour of play, and there are age and height limitations.