PHOTO: Zip-lining is just one of the great things to do in Labadee. (photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)
Ensconced on Haiti’s northern coast is Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s beach resort, where passengers can experience the ultimate in a private destination life.
Regardless of whether you are in search of rest and relaxation or a thrill-a-minute vacation experience, Labadee has it all thanks to its location nestled between forest-covered mountains and a tranquil bay.
Ride the Dragon. Take an exhilarating ride down the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, the world’s longest over-water zip-line, which sends you soaring 500 feet over Labadee’s beaches. Can’t get enough thrills? Head over to the 300-foot long Dragon’s Splash Waterslide, which sends daredevils through 10 twists and turns before splashing down in Columbus Cove. Still want more? Then climb aboard the Dragon’s Tail Coaster, which will send you rushing at speeds up to 30 miles per hour over some of the best beaches Labadee has to offer.
Be a beach bum. This private bit of paradise has four main beaches. If you wish to enjoy a more upscale experience, head for Nellie’s Beach. There, you can relax under the shade of a luxury rental cabana or on one of two floating beach mats included in the price of your rental. Also included is a buffet lunch at the Columbus Cove Cafe, Dragon’s Cafe or Cafe Labadee; a water cooler with six bottles of water; beach towels; and the service of a cabana attendant. If you’re looking to keep it low-key, fear not, there are plenty of other beaches where you can flop down in the sand and enjoy the warm sun to your heart’s content. There is also an array of open-air restaurants, offering everything from casual dining options such as burgers and barbecue to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Ride the waves. There are lots of ways to hit the water on Labadee. For starters, take a kayaking tour of the Bay of Labadee while also learning a bit about Haiti and its history and culture. Want something zippier? Then the Wave Jet personal watercraft might be just what the doctor ordered. Trained instructors will teach you everything you need to know before setting off on this unique tour. Other options include a parasail ride high above the peninsula or for something a little tamer, a visit to the Arawak Aqua Park, where adults and children alike can bounce, splash and float their way through the day.
Shop till you drop. You’ll love this inviting beach resort so much that you’ll want to take a little something home with you to remind you of your trip so remember to bring along some extra cash. Visitors can shop for pieces made by local artists, as well as locally-made crafts and other mementos.