Labadee is a private beach resort that features pristine beaches, coral reefs and lagoon-like bays surrounded by forested mountains. Relax and recharge or take advantage of an array of water sports and activities. Cruise lines own several of these, so they are fairly controlled as far as vendors etc. Everyone you will encounter in the basic area off the ship is actually employed by the cruiseline.
I have been to Labadee several times. It seems everytime I end up relaxing on the beach. IMHO, this is a great beach stop. We usually make a point to shop and walk through the markets.
Beach day – On this trip we just stayed on the beach. It was nice, the water is very calm. We asked the beach attendant for a great spot and he took us on a nice walk to Columbus Cove. It is a nice location near a few shops and the dining area. The lounge chairs fill up quickly so you might want to get one first before you shop or explore.
Sandbar Island Excursion – This excursion takes you on a catamaran to cruise to a sandbar for some laid-back fun surrounded by the sea. They set anchor on the sandbar, located between the island and a shipwreck. Go for a swim, stretch out on a floating mat (provided), look for shells and sand dollars or just chill out in the shallow waters.*
Haitian Culture Tour at Paradise Cove – Relax and sunbathe on the beaches at Le Village in Paradise Cove. You then visit a typical Haitian home and learn about their lifestyle. You get to see their daily activities including fishing, making peanut butter and coffee, and lots of exhibits.*
Dragon’s Tail Coaster – coast at 30 miles per hour on the thrilling ride featuring some of the best views of the private beach. *
Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, the world’s longest zip line over water. This zip line is 500 feet above the beaches of Labadee.* While we have never actually zip lined in Labadee it is great fun to see it – you can stand under the zip line and watch the people riding it!
Dragon’s Splash Waterslide – 300 foot long waterslide that goes through 10 twists and turns, and ends up in the splash zone at Columbus Cove.*
Relax in a more private setting in the upscale sea view cabanas overlooking the action of Nellie’s Beach. Each luxury cabana rental includes 2 floating beach mats, lunch buffet at Columbus Cove Café, Dragon’s Cafe or Café Labadee, water cooler with 6 bottles of water, the use of beach towels and the service of a cabana attendant.* (while we haven’t rented a cabana at Labadee we have in other ports – and it was a great experience).
Arawak Aqua Park – bounce and slide on trampolines, water slides, a rolling log, and many other floating inflatable water toys.*
Parasailing – Grab a bird’s-eye view as you soar 400 feet above the beautiful peninsula of Labadee.*
Kayaking Tour – Paddle through the enchanting Bay of Labadee. View the surroundings and learn a bit about the Haitian culture.*
Wave Jet – Take a ride aboard a personal watercraft along the scenic coast of Labadee.*
Shopping – This is set up a lot like a flea market. You can browse beautiful handmade local artwork, woodwork and crafts. You’ll want to bring cash so you can take home a special memento.
Choose from several open-air dining venues offering a delicious selection of BBQ, grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, fruits, vegetables, and refreshing drinks. Bar service is easily available throughout Labadee.
All private islands include a lunch in the port that is no charge.
Apparently there is a local drink called the “Labaduzee” – I can’t say I had one – but if you are going soon – make sure to check it out!
*We have never participated in this activity