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Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island) Reviews

Labadee boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Kick back in a lounge chair under a thatched canopy. Or go walking for shells along the beaches of white sand. This also a great place to purchase Haitian crafts and paintings from local merchants.

58%

good (1311 votes)

What people said about this port:

"Zip line!" in 31 reviews.
"Steer clear of the flea market unless you want to be mauled by the locals." in 14 reviews.
"...i in but the sellers could be a little less aggressive beach area was rocky fun but stuck in the cruise ship 's little of..." in 10 reviews.

706 reviews and tips of Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)




Traveled As:
Family w/older children Experience:
4-6 cruises
Very Good

Stay on the side of island near the ship. The other side is windy and waves which is not as nice for swimming. Go to the third bay at the end of the island for less people, near the barbecue lunch. we had the beach almost all to ourselves. The water playground closes at 2:45 p.m. so go early if your kids want to do it.

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
7+ cruises
Very Good

Do the Dragon's Breath zip line. Not only is it quite a thrill to go 50-60 MPH from 500 ft up but you get an amazing view of the island from the top of the zip line. The rest of the island is beautiful. Very relaxing day. You can rent all sorts of watercraft, play in thier waterpark (need to pay for those) or enjoy the crystal blue waters. There are a few areas to swim, whether you want to hit the waves or lie on a mat in the calm lagoon.

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children Experience:
4-6 cruises
Very Good

We had a great time, until it rained in the afternoon. The beach was nice, but not even close to the best I've been to. I did the Waverunner Experience and got to ride with a griup on a brand new Sea Doo - TONS of fun! Word of caution - you might not enjoy this if you're not an experienced rider because you ride at full speed for most of the hour. Good times!

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
4-6 cruises
Very Good

Much improved since the last time we were there. Developed really nice. As a caution, wear water shoes when you swim. I stepped on a sea urchin and had a tender foot for a few days till I realized there were some stingers still inside.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends Experience:
2-3 cruises
Very Good

Being castaways at Malfini Beach was wonderful. The little, secluded beach is pristine and very beautiful. It's a lovely place to relax, swim and just lay back and enjoy life. There's no food and no "amenities"--just a portable toilet--so those who want a "big city" beach experience with all the bells and whistles of modern civilization should stay on the beach where the tenders dock.

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
2-3 cruises
Very Good

My favorite stop because of the zip line (dragons breath). Apparently its the longest and highest in the world. It was great. My only criticism is that we port at a quaint little tourist village that was designed and created by Royal Caribbean. I would have preferred something a little more authentic.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children Experience:
2-3 cruises
Not Good

Beautiful beach, but small with limited swimming because of the roped off areas for paid for activities. Local musicians played on the beach, but every few minutes approached everyone to buy their CD. I didn't feel that my belongings were safe when I went in the water and left them on shore. The ship provided free barbeque lunch, that was very good. Too much of a "sell you something". No interesting local culture, except for the market place where the sellers were very pushy. Transportation from the ship to port was by boarding "tenders" which are ferries. On such a large ship, with so many passengers, this is an excursion in itself. Time consuming because they will wait until every square inch is filled to take you back and forth. Remember, it's HOT there while you're waiting. Some ports may be worth the tender experience, but not Labadee, to me.

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