If you have looked at a Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean lately, chances are you have seen Labadee, Haiti as a port of call. At first I was surprised because, let’s be honest, one usually doesn’t think of Haiti as a vacation destination. However, this port of call is at Royal Caribbean’s private beach and it is everything you would expect from a Caribbean beach destination. If you are looking for a cultural experience, this ain’t it. However, if you just want a nice day at the beach, Labadee will fit the bill.
Activities in Labadee, Haiti
There are a lot of activities offered on Royal Caribbean’s private beach. You can go for an adrenaline rush on the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, the world’s longest zip line over water. Play all day at the Arawak Aqua Park on trampolines, slides and inflatable water toys. Or try the Dragon’s Tail Coaster for some fast paced views of the beach. You can also choose to parasail, kayak or jet ski! If shopping is more your thing, you might enjoy the market featuring local art and crafts. Or if you are like me you can choose to just relax on the beach all day long!
Columbus Cove seemed to be the main beach area, and it’s where we spend our day in Labadee. The beach has ample seating and a decent amount of shade from the palm trees. The beach is on a protected cove so the water is extremely calm, making this a perfect spot for young children who are intimidated by big waves. Here you can relax all day with a view of your cruise ship in the distance. A buffet lunch is served to all guests. There are bars as well, however they won’t be whipping up your cocktail of choice. They offer one frozen drink, the “Labaduzee”, which was quite delightful, and beer was available also but that was about it.
There are a few options for private areas on the beach. If you are staying in a suite you can rent a private cabana on Barefoot Beach. Or if you are a mere commoner like me, you can rent a beach bungalow in Columbus Cove. As far as I am concerned, it was worth every penny. The bungalows are located on a private area of the beach and each can accommodate up to 8 guests. We were provided with 2 floating mats and a cooler filled with water bottles. The bungalow had an L shaped couch and coffee table and bar service as well as 2 additional lounge chairs.
Unfortunately we ran into some bad weather during our beach day. But, since we had a bungalow we were protected from the afternoon downpour! It was actually pretty relaxing to watch the rainstorm from the bungalow. Sure, a sunny day would have been better, but you make the most of what you get!
Royal Caribbean’s Private Beach
Overall, we had a delightful day on Royal Caribbean’s private beach in Haiti. If I was on a cruise that visited this port again, I would absolutely rent a cabana to enjoy the day. It was a nice break from all of the activities of the cruise. Have you ever visited this beach? Happy Travels!
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