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Labadee, Haiti: Royal Caribbean’s Private Beach

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Have you ever heard of Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean Beach? This cruise port is a popular destination, and Royal Caribbean’s private beach (not island, as many people may think).

This is a private paradise on the mainland of Haiti. Many people take advantage of the free beach chairs and barbecue and just soak up the sun, but there are some things you can do to make your day more exciting. 

Here is everything you need to know for visiting Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean's private beach.

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Where is Labadee?

Many people think Labadee is an island in the Caribbean. However, it is actually a private destination belonging to Haiti in the Cap-Haitian area. Labadee is located on the north west of the country, not too far from the Dominican Republic.

Where is Labadee

Labadee is in the north west of Haiti.

Getting to Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean's Private Beach

The only way to visit Labadee is by taking a cruise with Royal Caribbean. Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean's private beach is featured on many Eastern Caribbean itineraries, which run all year  long.

Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean's private beach

Labadee can only be visited by cruising with Royal Caribbean.

Entry Requirements for Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean's Private Beach

Whenever visiting a new country, it's important to know entry requirements. Here is everything you'll need to know for cruising to Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean's Private Beach.

Visa Requirements for Cruising

When cruising, it is important to bring your passport with you. Other than that there are no additional visa requirements when sailing from the US. You won't actually need to bring your passport outside the ship with you, but you will need it to board the ship at the start of your cruise.

Covid Entry Requirements for Cruising with Royal Caribbean

The last time I cruised with Royal Caribbean, we did in fact need to be vaccinated in order to cruise. However, now (March 2024) vaccinations are no longer necessary when sailing from the US.

Local Adjustments for Labadee, Haiti (Royal Caribbean's Island)

Whenever traveling somewhere new there are things that you may forget about, that may be different from where you're coming from. Here are some of the local adjustments to keep in mind while traveling to Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean's private beach.

What Language is Spoken in Labadee, Haiti?

The official language in Haiti is French Creole. However, being that Labadee is a privately owned island, everyone speaks English as well.

Can I Use US Dollars in Labadee, Haiti?

Because Labadee is a private area, and not actually a local area of Haiti, the US dollar is what is accepted. Also, because it belongs to the cruise line, there are times you can actually charge things to your onboard account. 

When it comes to drinks, the bars are tended to by the Labadee Haiti Royal Caribbean employees. This means that if you have the drink package, drink up as much as you'd like! If you don't, you can use your sea pass card to charge everything to your onboard account.

Do I Need Cash for Labadee?

The only things you would need cash for in Labadee are small souvenirs, and tips for the locals.

Staying Charged in Labadee

Chances are you won't be plugging into any outlets while out in Labadee. We definitely suggest charging your electronics before, and bringing a power bank if you need to recharge.

Water in Labadee

Water is offered all over Labadee, and can be refilled for free whichever bar or restaurant that you go to. It is completely safe to drink, and bringing your own is not necessary at all.

Tipping in Labadee

Being that Labadee is part of the cruise line, the tipping standard is the same as the US. Tipping averages around 20%, and should especially be used when tipping your bartenders across the beach (they are all employees from onboard).

It is also important to tip the people who are pushing your wheelchair if you use one, and it's nice to tip the locals who are performing on the pier.

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Things to Do in Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean Beach Destination

Labadee may be small, but it has plenty of things to enjoy for a whole day, and then some! Here are all of the things you can do on Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean private beach..

1. Fly High on the Zip line

One of the longest zip lines in the Caribbean, you can go down sitting or superman style. Not only is it one of the longest in the Caribbean, but it is the longest zip line over water in the world! Both are fun, depending on what style you like. This zip line is great because of the fantastic views you get on your way down.

Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean zip line

The Zipline on Labadee is the longest in the Caribbean!

2. Go Jet Skiing

This is our personal favorite, and one of the best places to do it, as its a two in one excursion. Not only do you get to spend time jet skiing through the beautiful Caribbean waters, but it is a tour as well. Being a tour one might think that it is boring because they go slow, but this is actually the opposite.

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Everyone can go at their own rate because the fastest go in the front, and the slowest can stay at the back and not feel pressured to go fast. Learn about Haitian culture and get some great views along the way,

JetSkiing in Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean shore excursion
jet skiing in Labadee Haiti
jet skiing in Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean shore excursion

Jetkiing is one of the best Labadee Haiti Royal Caribbean shore excursions.

3. Ride the Dragon Coaster

The roller coaster is a self driven ride. It’s fun because you can decide at what speed you go, and the views are nice as well. If you don’t like the idea of feeling at risk, rethink doing this excursion.

Rollercoaster Labadee

The roller coaster is a fun activity to do in Labadee, Haiti.

4. Play on the Inflatable Obstacle Course

This one seems like it is just for kids, but adults can enjoy here too. Climb the course, jump on the trampoline, or go down the giant slide to let out your inner child.

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5. Go Kayaking

Looking to do an activity, but not up for anything adrenaline rushing? Kayaking is the perfect activity to explore the Haitian coastline and let out a little bit of energy. The tour will even take you over to a group of kayaks that sell local trinkets, so bring some cash just in case!

Kayaking Labadee

Kayaking around Labadee is a great way to enjoy the views of the area.

6. Shop at the Straw Market

This open market has local souvenirs and can be fun to check out. Make sure if you want something you bring some cash, because they don’t take your seapass or credit card here. The people can be pretty persistent, so if you’re not interested, stay clear of this area.

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7. Wander the Trails

In the beginning of the island there are a few areas that most people just pass by. There is one on the right, and one on the left. Follow the trails for some pretty cool views of the natural surroundings.

trails in Labadee, Haiti

Roam the trails to enjoy some beautiful views of Labadee.

8. Rent a Private Villa

Want your own little piece of paradise? You can rent one of these beautiful villas, equipped with lounge chairs, an area for shade, a cooler, floating mats, and even your own butler! Although these can be pretty pricey, the views are great, and this is the perfect way to feel like a VIP and get away from the crowds. 

Private Villa Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean
Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean

Getting a villa is a great way to enjoy the day away from the crowds.

9. Have a Relaxing Beach Day

Want a simple and relaxing beach day? Well there are plenty of chairs along the different areas to just lounge and soak up the sun.

Want to relax in the water? You can also rent a mat for just a few dollars so that you can float along the crystal clear waters of Labadee.

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float in Labadee Haiti
Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean Private Beach

Labadee is the perfect place to simply relax and soak up the sun.

Getting Around Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean Beaches

The area of Labadee is relatively small, and although there are a few different beach areas, everything is within walking distance. If you have difficulties walking, there are trolleys that are regularly driving around to bring people around.

There is  also wheel chair service to and from the gangway to the entrance of the main area. This is free of charge, but should only be used by people who really need the service. Please do not take advantage of this service, and tip the one's that are helping, as it is extremely hot and not a luxurious duty!

getting around Labadee Haiti

Labadee is small enough to walk, but you can also get the tram until the last beach.

Food & Drinks in Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean Beach

As Labadee is a privately owned area, all of the food is included! There is a barbecue style lunch served around 11/11:30 until around 2 pm. Water and juices are included, and sodas and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at any of the bars that are scattered around the beaches.

Later in the afternoon there are prepared sandwiches, salads, and fruit that can be picked up for free of charge at the buffet areas. Please keep in mind that although all of the food is the ship's property, you cannot bring the food back on the ship. Don't worry, there is plenty back available for you onboard!

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Is Labadee Safe?

Haiti is definitely not the safest country. However, Labadee is basically a separate place, and because it is private, it is pretty much the safest place you could ever travel.

The locals that do work in Labadee are super friendly, and although they may seem aggressively trying to sell their souvenirs, they are completely harmless.

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Things to Know While Visiting Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean Beach

  • Labadee is owned by Royal Caribbean, so the only locals are the one's working there. You will also see plenty of people working who are also working onboard.
  • Haiti is HOT, and the sun is STRONG! Make sure you apply sunscreen regularly. There is nothing worse than ruining your vacation from overdoing it with the rays.
  • Make sure you have your sea pass card as well as a government issued ID to get back onboard with.
  • There are local areas of Haiti that are right nearby, but they are not accessible to any Royal Caribbean guests.

For excursions, everything is operated by the cruise line. This means a few things.

  • Each activity is one price, and there is not a chance to find it cheaper elsewhere.
  • There is no need to barter with anyone! You can save your energy
  • All excursion charges, whether onboard or off shore, will be charged directly to your onboard account, and they can not be paid in cash or with credit card.

As for souvenirs, this is the one thing that is completely run by locals Your sea pass will not work in the straw market or on the kayak market. Credit cards are not accepted, so make sure that you bring cash if you would like to purchase any local crafts, clothing, or souvenirs. Bartering is a good way to not get overcharged here.

view from ship Labadee

Being in Labadee is similar to being onboard, and you can use your sea pass to pay for everything.

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Other Things to Know For Visiting Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean's Private Beach

Now that you know almost everything you need to know for visiting Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private beach, we have just a few more details to share.

Weather in Labadee, Haiti

Labadee is in the Caribbean, so it is hot year round. The winter months have pleasantly hot and sunny days, while the summer months are much hotter and more humid.

Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean's private beach

The Best Time to Cruise to Labadee, Haiti

We prefer cruising to the Caribbean so much more in the winter months. The least crowded and cheapest times to cruise are in November, January, February, and April. Christmas time is super expensive, and full of kids, as well as spring break in March, and the months of July and August.

Packing for a Caribbean Cruise

When visiting Labadee, you will actually only need to bring a few things with you. Here is what you'll need:

  • Sunscreen (the sun is super strong)
  • Towel (the cruise line has them at the pool deck)
  • Flip Flops (we personally always get Havaiana flip flops, as they are comfy and long lasting)
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing Suit
  • Hat
  • Zippered Bag or Backpack (to secure your belongings)
  • Power Bank (we use Anker power banks, as they are super long lasting and sturdy)

If you'd like to do some of the shore excursions, we definitely suggest bringing these:

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Labadee doesn't need a whole lot of planning, as everything is offered right there as soon as you dock. If you have your heart set on a certain activity, it is good to reserve online, or as soon as you get onboard, to ensure that there will be enough room. Other than that, enjoy the sunshine, bring plenty of sunscreen, and have a relaxing day in paradise.

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