Our first stop after a full day of writing at sea on the Writing the Waves cruise is the exclusive island of Labadee, Haiti. Labadee is located on the north side of Hispaniola and offers pristine beaches, plenty of activities and local flair.

The warm, clear waters are a perfect match for aquatic activities. You can rent personal watercrafts or snorkeling gear, take a guided kayak or catamaran tour of the bay area, or simply swim from the beach. There is also a floating water park which includes inflatable trampolines, water slides and more.

If you prefer to experience the beauty of this island from a bird’s eye view, there are plenty of air adventures available as well. Labadee offers one of the longest zip lines in the world and a bobsled rollercoaster that twists and turns through the lush greenery of Santa Maria Mountain. Of course there is always the option of simply soaking up the tropical sun and relaxing on the beach.

If you want to shop, be sure to visit the Artisan’s Village and Market. The locals bring beautiful handmade artwork and crafts that truly capture the spirit of the island…a spirit that will inspire you to “write the waves” and leave a lasting impression on your life.

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