My intention to travel is always the discovery of the destination by experiencing as much as possible authentically. Local people, local food, local places. Labadee on Haiti on the other hand, is so much of a fake cash machine for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and her subsidiaries, that once you have been on it for the first time, you may skip all future stops without feeling guilty. At least when you are like me.
Advertised as a paradise island, Labadee (originally named Labadie after the Marquis de La Badie, the first settler of the area in the 17th century) truly is a peninsula belonging to the northern part of the island Hispaniola.
It is a private facility for cruise passengers and leased by Royal Caribbean from the Haitian government. Making it the largest contributor of tourist revenue to Haiti since 1986.
Labadee is everything but authentic though. The resort is fenced-off the surrounding area and a private security force makes sure that no passenger crosses the line to the real world. It feels a little bit like in those science fiction movies where a self-titled elite is shielding itself off of the mob. So while people enjoy a margarita at the beach or scream their heads off when zip lining down the hill, there are people starving on the other side of the fence.
I am well aware of the fact though, that opinions about setup places like this one vary. And I think that is absolutely okay. Here are a few snapshots that I took for you guys during my very short visit ashore. Enjoy!