Our final port stop was Labadee. A small peninsula nestled at the base of the lush hills on the northern coast of Haiti, Labadee is a private resort leased by Royal Caribbean.

In 2009, Royal Caribbean spent over $55 million improving the facilities including upgrading the ship dock in order to accommodate their large Freedom-class and Oasis-class ships, like our Independence of the Seas.

The beach is the main attraction on Labadee. A crescent-shaped area of sugary sand, located on the calm cove waters, is shaded by numerous palm trees. Complimentary lounge chairs are available. 

NOTE: There is a water slide, roller coaster and floating water apparatus for kids to use, but the rental fees are priced too high in my opinion.

However, we did rent the floating mats and took turns enjoying the refreshing Caribbean waters and our tropical refreshments.

Local merchants are allowed to sell their colorful wares...it was interesting haggling prices with them!
We did purchase one of the small colorful artworks. 

Instead of taking the tender back to the ship, we decided to walk back to the ship which allowed us to see more of Labadee.  How strange to see these conifer-like trees in the midst of tropical palm trees...

We were able to see the spectacular Atlantic Ocean side...

and the amazing Dragon's Breath Flight Line...a 500-foot long zipline ride directly over the water!
Colorful Haitian dancers welcomed back to the ship.

As we sailed away from Labadee, we knew we still had one last full sea day on the ship before sailing back to Fort Lauderdale.

Thank you for visiting,

A Great Europe Trip Planner 

All photos in this post were taken by my husband and me during our Caribbean cruise in May, 2014

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