This rugged and mountainous country occupies the western third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and shares a border with the Dominic Republic. Haiti is located 700 miles off the coast of Miami. With over 9 million people living in Haiti, it is considered to be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere in spite of being its first republic. The name Haiti means mountainous country and is derived from the language of the Tanio Indians who inhabited the island prior to European Colonization.
The island of Labadee is one of Haiti’s most popular tourist attractions and, since 1986, continues to be the largest contributor towards Haiti’s tourist revenue. Here, 300 locals and another 200 entrepreneurs sell their wares on the island’s – or rather, peninsula’s premises. The port of Labadee is owned by Royal Caribbean and has been leased to them by the Haitian Government until 2050.