September 4th, 2007 – by: cabotono
Labadee, Haiti is Royal Caribbean's private island. Labadee is located on the north coast of Hispaniola, surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage. This exclusive destination offers pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery and spectacular water activities. It has an amazing Aqua Park for kids. Labadee's native charm, along with its natural beauty, makes it an awesome destination.
Labadee Beech is located on Hispaniola/Haiti’s northern coastline a couple miles from Cap Haitien.
It has two small coves that shelter the area from ocean waves and provide a smooth ride too and from the ship. I experienced the northern cove called Labadee Beech. It has white sandy beaches, palm trees and some but no many bugs and sea life. The opposite cove is used mainly for local fishermen and the other inhabitants from the area for swimming and transportation. A large series of mountains surrounds the area completely covered with tropical forest and many large rock formations preventing any outside contact except by water.
Royal Caribbean cruise lines take travelers to Labadee’s shores every month; helping many of the low-income Hispaniola/Haitians find work and a steady job. This “Island” is owned and operated by Royal Caribbean cruise lines and usually becomes the first or last destination on a cruise to the Caribbean. Often the cruise lines do not discuss the fact that the “Paradise Island,” Labadee is in-fact located on the coast of Hispaniola/Haiti. This is probably due to concerns of violence, poverty, and other issues that Hispaniola/Haitians are unfortunately involved in with an unstable government. The area though is extremely secure and protected by the surrounding steep mountain ridges, dense forest and a 20ft barbed wire black fence with patrolling employees. It is a very safe destination.