Information & Facts
There is plenty of fun to be had in Labadee besides just
enjoying the beaches. The child-oriented water park is a hit with
families, while the more daring can rent a jet ski or indulge in a
variety of watersports like parasailing or a banana boat ride.
Several excursions can be arranged, including a narrated coastal
tour, a kayaking trip to a nearby Haitian fishing village, or a
snorkelling expedition to Amiga Island.
Located on Haiti's north coast, Labadee experiences a tropical
climate. The weather is constant throughout the year with average
temperatures hovering around 80F to 90F (27C to 32C) making Labadee
a great destination to visit at any time of year. Brief showers can
occur at any time though are mostly short-lived. Travellers
planning to visit between December and June should not that this is
the Hurricane season.
Creole is the official language, and French is widely
used; English is spoken in the capital and at Labadee cruise
The official currency is the Haitian Gourde (HTG), divided into
100 centimes, but US Dollars are also widely accepted. Credit cards
are welcome nearly everywhere, but ATMs are scarce and the few
there are in Port au Prince are often out of order. Travellers
cheques are difficult to exchange.
Some visitors find it disturbing to realize that Labadee is
fenced off from the 'real Haiti', in a compound surrounded by armed
guards. The fence is unobtrusive; those who take a closer look
might find it is upsetting to see the exceedingly poor local people
begging for handouts as they peer through into the tourist's
paradise. Essentially a visit to Labadee is not a visit to Haiti,
but simply a relaxing day on the beach for cruise passengers
heading to Miami.
Since most of the holiday visitors come ashore just for the day
from cruise ships, there is no nightlife in Labadee.
Cruise ship passengers on holiday in Labadee are served barbeque
lunches at three different beachside open-air venues. There are
several bars operating to slake the thirsts of sunbathers, and
vendors wander along the beach offering refreshments.
Labadee is a wonderful place for holidaymakers to browse for
souvenirs and gifts to take home from your cruise. The Haitian flea
market contains shops and stalls offering local arts and crafts,
coffee and cognac. Alongside an informal local artisan's market has
grown up, the colourful merchandise consisting of everything
imaginable from baskets and beads to carvings and clothing.
Bartering is expected, and adds to the fun, the norm being to start
negotiating at around half the asking price.
Local time is GMT -5.