Labadee, Haiti introduction to the island taken from the balcony of our suite. I think I mistook the ''private beach" advertising message to mean a "private island" off of Haiti. In fact, Labadee is really just a long and beautiful peninsula of Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and Royal Caribbean has greatly increased the standard of living in this section of the country. The average annual Haitian income is $250; Haitian employees of RCCL make that every two weeks! It gives perspective: wages that would be considered sub-minimum wage in the USA make a Haitian an extremely wealthy person.