Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private Haitian island, is beautiful. I say this with knowledge as I was lucky enough to visit while on an Oasis of the Seas cruise. I remember the azure blue sea and the local fishermen standing up in their tiny boats waving at us as we docked. The heat! Wow, it was hot. My children were 3 and 18 months at the time of our visit, so we didn’t book on any excursion, but took a slow walk to the nearby idyllic beach.
A lot has changed on Labadee since our visit back in 2010. Labadee now features seven new stylish neighbourhoods:
- Buccaneers’ Bay
- Dragon’s Plaza
- Labadee Town Square
- Adrenaline Beach
- Columbus Cove
- Nellie’s Beach
- The Barefoot Beach Club
Labadee: Buccaneers’ Bay
Here you’ll find tour information and the excursion booking desk. Most of the watercraft and boat tours depart from Buccaneers’ Bay. These include a WaveJet tour, Parasailing, Arawaky Snorkel Adventure, Haitian Hydro Highlights Express, Discover Haiti, Sandbar Rendezvous, Haitian Cultural Tour and Snorkel Safaris (to name a few).
Labadee: Dragon’s Plaza
This is the area immediately after you step off the dockside. It is named after a nearby rocky cove called Dragon’s Breath, which makes a dragon-like hiss when the ocean hits it. Here you’ll find an information kiosk and is the terminal where all excursions begin and end.
Labadee Town Square
Restaurants, bars and cafes are found in Labadee Town Square. This is also home to the Artisan Market. From here guests board the Dragon’s Tail Roller Coaster, more of which below! The Town Square is also a good spot to sample the Labadoozie. The Labadoozie is the official drink of Labadee and consists of several fruit juices, rum and lots of ice, served in a sports drink bottle. They also do a non-alcohol version, naturally.
Dragon’s Tail Roller Coaster
The Dragon’s Tail Roller Coaster starts 680 feet up on Santa Maria’s lookout mountain. This alpine coaster is a single car vehicle that races down a track at 30 mph with 360 degree turns, dips, waves and curves. It takes between 3 and 5 minutes to reach the bottom …a definite adrenaline rush! You need to be 12 to control your own car, but younger children (5-11) can ride with a parent. Maximum of two per car, and maximum combined weight of 360 pounds.
Labadee: Adrenaline Beach
One of the main attractions on Labadee are the beaches. Adrenaline Beach is often the quietest as it is the furthest from the ship. The surf here can be strong so the beach is more for sun-lounging rather than swimming. The Dragon’s Breath Zip Line zooms over Adrenaline Beach and the Dragon’s Tail Roller Coaster runs behind it.
Dragon’s Breath Zip Line
This is world famous! It appears on a lot of Royal Caribbean brochures because the imagery is amazing 🙂 The Dragon’s Breath Zip Line starts 500 feet above Adrenaline Beach and you travel at speeds of up to 40-50 mph along the 2,600 feet long zip line. You travel over land and sea, to reach the end at Dragon’s Breath Rock.
Labadee: Columbus Cove
Whereas Adrenaline Beach has no water toys, Columbus Cove has them in droves! This beach also features the Arawak Aqua Park and Dragon’s Splash Waterslide. The Aqua Park has floating trampolines, pyramids and water slides and admission is limited to time slots to prevent overcrowding.
The white sand beach of Columbus Cove is sheltered and there are trees that go all the way down to the water’s edge. A bar and restaurant are located here too.
Labadee: Barefoot Beach Club
The exclusive Barefoot Beach Club is reserved for suite guests who have booked cabanas in advance. This beach is separate from the rest of Labadee. Here you’ll find open-air cabanas for up to 5 guests, with waiter service. Guests also receive complimentary water and an upgraded lunch menu at the private BBQ.
Labadee: Nellie’s Beach
Nellie’s Beach is next to Barefoot Beach. It is a small cove dominated by 16+ cabanas that can be rented out to cruise guests.
For a day stop, what more could you possibly ask for? Labadee is truly beautiful. Whether you are a thrill seeker, water fanatic, or just someone who wants to enjoy the scenery in a relaxed fashion – it has it all here in spades (excuse the pun). Walking out onto our balcony early that September morning and viewing the beautiful sea, the vivid green trees and vegetation … and a waving fisherman in his diddy boat – a lifelong memory 🙂
We visited Labadee as part of a one-week cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information on all Royal Caribbean cruises, please visit here.