Labadee is a port located on the northern coast of Haiti within the arrondissement of Cap-Haïtien in the Nord department. Labadee is actually a private beach resort built by the cruise line, Labadee is a secluded slice of Caribbean heaven with cruise ships calling on the port daily. In most instances, there will not be more than two cruise ships in port at one time.
Best Time to Visit
The weather is at its best during the dry spell from November through to March and this is generally considered the best time to visit Haiti.
Top Things to Do in Labadee
1. Splash in the Arawak Aqua Park
Located in Columbus Cove, the Arawak Aqua Park is an inflatable water park with a variety of attractions that are fun for swimmers of all ages. It is securely roped off to ensure that only swimmers with paid access can use the attractions which include a water trampoline, a “rock climbing wall”, small water slides, and other water toys. For an additional fee, you can enjoy the nearby Dragon’s Splash Waterslide. With all this splishing and splashing, be sure to bring your goggles!
2. Ride the Dragon’s Tail Coaster
One of the fastest things to do in Labadee, Haiti is a ride on the Dragon’s Tail Coaster. This alpine style coaster seats one or two passengers and can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour as you descend from 680 feet above the ocean. A single ride or an all day pass can be purchased depending on your need for speed.
3. Kayak Adventure
Paddle your way through the Bay of Labadee while you learn about the history and culture of Haiti. You can also grab some great photos of the island and your ship. The tour is short so you will still have plenty of time to enjoy the other attractions on the island.
4. Snorkel Safari
Located on several coral reefs, the surrounding waters of Labadee, Haiti are a snorkelers dream come true. If you are looking for a little underwater exploration, the Labadee Snorkel Safari is your tour. After taking a relaxing catamaran ride to the reefs, you will have plenty of time to view the reefs and feed the fish. This tour is great for families with all the equipment provided and with guides to provide assistance when snorkeling.
Authentic hand crafted goods, art, and clothing can all be purchased in Labadee. In the Artisan Village, you can wheel and deal with the craftsmen themselves as they barter with you to buy their homemade goods. If you are looking for a more relaxed experience, the Artisan Marketplace offers similar goods, including a variety of flavors of Haitian rum, without all of the haggling. Just remember to bring cash, as your SeaPass card does not work for these purchases!
6. Relax on the beach
There are a handful of beaches on the island where you can find your ideal tanning spot. Lounge chairs are plentiful, and there are some shaded areas too for those who prefer to stay out of the sun. Once you claim your favorite spot, it is time to sit back, relax, and order a few rounds of Labadoozies, the island’s signature drink. These frozen cocktails are our favorite specialty drink.
7. Dragon’s Breath Flight Line
No trip to Labadee, Haiti would be complete without a ride on the longest zip line over water, the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line. This half mile zip line can reach speeds of up to fifty miles an hour as riders descend from over 500 feet above sea level. Make sure you keep your eyes open and have that GoPro filming as you scream your way down this signature attraction. If there is only one thing you do when visiting Labadee, this zip line should be it!
Where to Eat in Labadee
There are several dining areas on the island serving a barbecue lunch. With an assortment of hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken, and ribs, you should leave some room for this lunch. Make sure to grab some napkins because it could get a little messy.