Labadie
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This private bay and port of call is worth a trip but only if you're on a cruise that includes Labadee on its itinerary. It's known for its beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters, lively artisanal market, and Dragon's Breath—the world’s longest over-water zipline. It's one of the most popular attractions here, so get there early to avoid the lines. There are also plenty of water activities and tours available like fishing charters, luxury sailboat trips, snorkeling excursions, and catamaran cruises. Maximize your day by hopping on the free tram to get around. December through April are good months to visit for pleasant weather. – Tripadvisor
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  • David G
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Labadee is AMAZING!
    We enjoyed a 7-day cruise over Thanksgiving in 2022 - That stated, I'm able to tell you that I could have stayed on Labadee all seven days...The place is AMAZING! My best girl planned it all and I emphatically stated for months that I had no idea why we were visiting the worst island in the Caribbean...Not so. I was up early on the track every morning before arriving to all ports and Labadee was the most stunning by far. ENJOY!
    Visited November 2022
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Andre Z
    Curitiba, PR325 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good choice for families
    Nice stop with the Royal Caribean cruise ship. It´s a paradise beach that the Royal Caribean has mount all the structure that we can find inside their cruise ship line. If you're cruising through the caribean islands I highly reccomend this stop.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Susan M
    Glasgow, United Kingdom295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing day
    My husband, kids (14,13 and 10 year old) and myself loved the island! It is very beautiful and the beaches are gorgeous. My kids loved the inflatables in the water. The alpine coaster is very fun. Definitely worth doing a cruise that stops here.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • mmayfield1985
    Riverview, Florida281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Nice Visit
    This was my third time to Labadee, Haiti on a recent Royal Caribbean cruise on the Mariner of the Seas in early October. I like Labadee better than Coco Cay now. Although my mom and I normally don't do any excursions while in Labadee, we just enjoy one of the beaches that's there.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Justin L
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Labadee, Haiti
    Labadee,Haiti was beautiful! We loved the zip line - it was totally worth it. My only complaint was the Artisan Market! Do yourself a favor and d stay clear of that. As we walked in eager to check all the goods out we were bombarded by the sellers who put bracelets on your arms around your necks and attempt to divide and conquer your party to sell stuff. High pressure and uncomfortable - I would encourage everyone to stay away from that area.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Keith G.
    Cheshire, Connecticut484 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop by on the Odyssey of the Seas!
    Been here many times before, but been a few years and we decided to start with the mountain coaster and then hang on the beach. The coaster is good fun and great scenery overall. A must for first time visitors. After some time on the beach ( in front of zipline) we then went jet sking. The experience was great overall (wish the slow people were not in our group) and the guides were great. Few miles around was lots of fun, do wish they had longer tours. Overall great experience and we are scheduled to return next December on the Freedom of the Seas!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 29, 2023
  • carolynl654
    98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tropical escape
    Very nice vacation spot for a fun beach day. We went to Adrenaline Beach and that spot worked out great for the whole family. There are basketball courts and soccer game, plenty of space and open chairs. We tried going to Columbus Cove and changed our minds. It was way too small of a swimming area with a very steep drop off. There were hundreds of lounge chairs lined up in a relatively small area. However, if you’re looking for shade, there are plenty of shaded chairs at Columbus Cove. Take the tram, it’s a longer walk for older people. We snorkeled at Adrenaline Beach, it was ok if you can get there first thing in the morning. As the day progresses, the visibility decreases to almost nothing. Beware! The water is very very shallow for the majority of the area and dotted with large coral and rocks. If you can snorkel without touch the bottom, you’ll be able to see parrot fish, eel, sea anemone, sea urchins and various other fish. At the buoy line, it gets much deeper and there are 3 artificial reefs out there as well. There is a local market zone and they can get pushy so be prepared for that. There are no other stores. Overall it was a relaxing day at the beach and we would go back.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 5, 2024
  • Tracy O
    Knoxville, Tennessee1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lana Dee, Haiti
    It was amazing! It was like visiting Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay!!!! I will definitely go back! Bars and food is just like being on the ship! Your drink passage works on the island. Chairs do not cost! Loved it!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 29, 2024
  • 161kirsin
    166 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    A very nice private beach. As it is owned by Royal Caribbean, the logistics etc worked well. My friend an I went paddling, which was a nice activity instead of just lying down on the beach. The lunch service was stopped surprisingly early..
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 22, 2024
  • xClark-Griswoldx
    Sapporo, Japan255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Royal Caribbean’s leased resort peninsula
    Labadee is a peninsula on the northern coast of Haiti that is leased by Royal Caribbean from the Haitian government. The only way in is on a RC cruise, which is how I got here today, aboard Explorer of the Seas. First, the safety thing. Labadee is very safe and well protected from the situation in Port-au-Prince. The area is fenced in, with walls, cliffs and mountains that provide a safe experience. There are about 7 beaches I think, and I walked to them all today. The entire area that is accessible to guests is walkable in about an hour taking your time. There were plenty of shaded beach chairs and picnic tables to sit at, at each beach. Bars close to each beach and all the food and water is brought from the ship. I loved the beaches, and the area is large enough that it never felt overcrowded. The artisans village is an experience. They will call out to you, but go talk to them. They make beautiful things and are just trying to earn a living. Don’t avoid them. Support them if you can and talk to them. They are real Haitians (as opposed to ship crew who are also on site) and good to talk with. Labadee is really the only safe way to get to Haiti at the moment. I’m glad I got to see Labadee and to finally see a small bit of Haiti. I enjoyed it.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 6, 2024
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Katy E
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
I would never recommend going to this island. We witnessed locals abusing stray dogs on royal Caribbean’s property. Devastated us. Also the locals selling their merchandise are unbelievably aggressive and you can buy the same things for cheaper in the royal store. The worst place I have ever been to
Written January 24, 2020
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polonium11
Olathe, KS8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
First stop on our RCCL vacation. The port is clean and the zipline through the bay is the biggest attraction. We were scheduled to do this in the morning and after being told we were lucky to come early as the weather would deteriorate through the day, we got to the top and they canceled our excursion due to rain/wind. That was fine as the unexpected can happen, but by the time we got back to the beach the rain and wind had mostly stopped. For what it’s worth, the staff that run the zipline are professional and courteous.

With a full day to us we walked around and explored. Like many others have noted, there are extremely aggressive sellers at some of these shops. As it was early we got picked out by them and directed uphill not sure what to expect (dumb by us). They gave us “free” gifts and then ask what else you like in their shop. They will quickly start carving personalized names/messages on their wood products to obligate you to buy. It’s sneaky and not warranted for a location like this. We went on our cruise to relax, not to feel to feel pressured. I have no idea why Royal Caribbean would allow this type of behavior to exist on their private port but either way we won’t be visiting again.
Written January 16, 2020
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Orbine
Prestatyn290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
We arrived at Hatti Labadee with RC cruise line…there was no land trains to take people to the entrance area…

There were men wearing RC tops happy to take you in a wheel chair, but they are quite cheeky and tell you they want a tip before you sit down !!!

We took the free boat from the dock side to nellie’s beach- this safes time and is easy.

We chilled at Nellie’s all day, a bar tender comes and takes drinks orders.

We did the by zip wire , it was great and well organized.you land were you started !!

We went to the small indoor market, hassle free and no problems- I’ve heard lots of tells about the outdoor market so we avoid it.

The food provided by RC on the island was a disappointing!!! And lacked choice….

The cocktail the labadozel was good !!

The island is lovely, just to chill on.
Written March 29, 2023
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1eyeguy
Malibu, CA41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
While on our Royal Caribbean cruise one of the stops was at the beach called Labadee owned by Royal Caribbean. Its a short walk from where you get off the ship or you can take the tram which makes several stops. There are lots of chairs to use on the beach. A local beach guy will set the chairs up for you and expects a tip for doing so. The beach is clean and the water comfortable. The buffet lunch on the beach is free and is pretty good! Should you wish the do the zip line, ride the coaster, swim out to the floating bar or use a wave rider there is a fee. I think it should be free since its part of the cruise. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed the day.
Written January 7, 2020
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DarrenHenman
Biggleswade, UK381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Had a Great Day at Labadee.

On our visit there was just our ship in port, and we had a great time. The beaches were nice, including the swim up floating bar, plenty of loungers and shade, and a few different beaches. The food was good and the drink service prompt.

The music / entertainment around the resort was good.

We got an all day pass for the Dragons Coaster, so much better value than the single ticket, which was quite frankly a ridiculous high price. Having experienced a number of these alpine coasters before this one was short by comparison, but it was just as fast and you get some excellent views down to the ship and beach below. The other advantage of a short track is that you generally don't catch up with the rider in front so you get a full speed journey rather than a fast ride for the first half and then a slow ride for the remainder because the car in front is going slow. We managed to get 10 rides each during the day, and also had time to swim, eat, shop and enjoy some of the music. Highly recommended.

Wish we had time to go on the Zip wire as well, which looked better than the one on Coco Cay, and was a better price.

One of the things which seems to divide people visiting Labadee, is the market place. Personally, I found it very enjoyable walking through the market area, looking at the things and making some purchases, and talking to the locals, but yes, they can be a bit persistent, and sometimes they do walk / follow you for a short while down the street to try and get you to buy something, but I never felt threatened / intimidated. I appreciate not everyone might feel the same, and my teenage daughter, not normally one to stopping shopping, was a bit more cautious about shopping there and was keen to leave once she had brought a painting. But you have to acknowledge that Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the western world that most people are likely to visit and they are only trying to get some tourist money and so a bit of persistence is to be expected. There was also no sign of the market traders from leaving the market place area so if you dont want to go shopping this area is easily avoided.

Unfortunately, there seems to be very little that Royal Caribbean do in Labadee that appears to benefit the country directly, other than allowing some locals in to sell their products and a few entertainers. It would have been great to have been able to get a local Haiti beer when on he island, or even on the ship as a bit of an alternative from the usual brands.
Written November 3, 2022
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Neptune Circus
Calgary, Canada5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Labadee, Haiti is Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines private peninsula on the north tip of Haiti. It’s separated from the rest of Haiti by very high fenced barriers and armed guards. Think of this as a theme park or resort representation of Haiti.

The entire property has many things available for guests of all interests and abilities. From the longest zip line in the Caribbean to beautiful beaches and water sports. However, if you’re looking to just unwind and relax, there’s plenty of room to do that too.

One thing to keep in mind is that this is a large property. Trams run all day long to provide transportation to all beaches and attractions throughout the peninsula, as walking the entire length and back, especially on warmer days, can prove challenging for limited mobility guests or families with small children.

If you’re interested in booking excursions and passes for zip lines, cabanas, the roller coaster, water slide, water park, kayaks, jet skis etc, make sure to book online through the Royal Caribbean app well in advance as they do tend to sell out as your sailing approaches.

All in all, great port stop, and if you have a drink package on your sailing, your ship card can be used for drinks here as well as it is a Royal Caribbean property. Don’t forget to bring cash though if you decide you would like to buy a souvenir.
Written January 24, 2023
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countrygirl379
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Beautiful beaches , and they were well kept . There were a few nice short walks with some scenic views that were enjoyable. And a nice buffet for lunch.

The sport fishing was not good, they should not have taken us out that day as seas were too rough , and they don’t use live bait, so you sit there trolling for hours with almost 0 chance of catching anything . Not offered much for cold drinks , and there were zero snacks offered. Not worth the price in my opinion.

The market had some cute stuff, but I don’t like how they all swarm you and hassle you. You can barter down to almost 50% of their first price . And you can’t just go in and look on your own without having them in your face pushing you to buy. Was not enjoyable . I got one souvenir gift and left as soon as I could.
Written December 31, 2022
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Alatraka
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Horrible experience. The natives of Labadee are hidden behind a fence to allow some working class vocationers to have some cheap fun at Labadee! It is racism at its best. I wonder if such measures would be taken if Labadee was in Norway or Italy. I doubt it greatly. Do not participate in such an apartheid organization. It is wrong. And asides from this immorality it is disgusting . Very cheap activity.
Written August 10, 2020
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Evan G
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
This port of call is horrible. The market is disgusting and the fact that RCL allows the vendors to basically accost and harass tourists with impunity is scornful.

I have traveled all throughout the world, including countries in Africa where state department advisories recommend against travel and so I don’t mean to sound dramatic when I say nothing compares to horrid experience of this market. Part of the problem is that RCL pitches this Island as a contained adventure park. While it is contained, you will experience horrid conditions inside the market. The vendors won’t be afraid to go after your children for cash, or even ask them to go get food. One even threatened my son when he said no. I would not mind this market if RCL was up front with the conditions of the island (as I would then just avoid the market with my family) but sadly RCL does not care. I highly recommend staying on the ship, the positive reviews here are either fake or from people that did not walk around the island.
Written August 16, 2021
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Jan O
The Villages, FL51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
We were on the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas so we went to their private area of the island. If you plan on going to Labadee be prepared for all of the shopping vendors to approach you and try to coax you to come purchase their wares. In my opinion it’s quite sad and unfortunately you can’t buy something from everyone. However it is extremely beautiful. We walked along the beach picking up sea shells and watching the people on the zip line.
Written May 11, 2022
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