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Sunday, January 21, 2007

LABADEE

WHO GOES THERE: Royal Caribbean, 866-562-7625,http://www.royalcaribbean.com; Celebrity Cruises, 800-647-2251,http://www.celebritycruises.com.

WHERE: This "island" is actually a 260-acre peninsula along Haiti's lush, mountainous and secluded north coast.

GETTING THERE: Several of Royal Caribbean's and Celebrity's Caribbean, Panama Canal and transatlantic sailings visit Labadee. Tenders takes passengers from the ships to the island.

PLAYING: Bounce on water trampolines and climb inflatable iceberg-shaped slides at the Columbus Cove aqua park ($15 for 50 minutes). Whiz along the 3,000-foot zip line over the water at Dragon's Tail beach. Watch African-style dancing, drumming and singing at the folkloric show. Luc's Splash Bash is the island's dedicated area for kids, with ground geysers, water cannons and a treasure map trail.

EATING: With nine bar and beverage facilities and three food outlets, you won't have to hunt for food. Performers stroll about playing Jamaican mento music, an acoustic, folksy sound said to be the grandfather of reggae.

SHOPPING: Two Haitian marketplaces offer native crafts, paintings, coffee, woodcarvings, dolls, baskets, clothing and jewelry. (Be prepared to be pressured to buy, and be ready to negotiate.)

BONUS POINT: Tram service has recently been added to the island.


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