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Destinations in Haiti

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Regions in Haiti

  • Central Haiti
    The centre of Haiti’s population in the heart of the country – the sprawl around the capital and the countryside in the north.
  • North Haiti
    The country’s main towns outside the capital are located here, as are the beaches at Cap-Haitien favoured by foreign tourists.
  • Southern Haiti
    The Caribbean part of the country is the least hectic region of the country, with the booming Haitian backpacker destinations of Jacmel, Port Salut and Ile à Vache.

Cities in Haiti

  • Port-au-Prince – the big capital of Haiti, crowded and chaotic.
  • Cap-Haitien – the second largest city in the country, on the Atlantic coast, near beautiful beaches and interesting old forts.
  • Gonaives – this is where Jean-Jacques Dessalines signed Haiti’s independence charter on 1 January 1804, founding the world’s first black republic.
  • Jacmel – a laid-back town with a beautiful historic centre and a hard-to-refute claim to be the country’s artistic and cultural capital, albeit in ruins after the earthquake.
  • Jeremie, the westernmost and most isolated town in Haiti, is a charming and sleepy little place.
  • Les Cayes – The main port in southern Haiti and a popular starting point for Île à Vache.
  • Pétionville – an affluent and much safer suburb of Port-au-Prince where you will find most of the capital’s nightlife, restaurants, wealthy Haitians and foreigners.
  • Port-de-Paix – the most important drug smuggling town on the Haitian coast, with the possibility of crossing by ferry to Tortuga Island, an almost unknown tropical paradise – although it has been discovered over the centuries by every self-respecting famous pirate and a few rich drug lords.
  • Port-Salut – birthplace of President Aristide, where there are miles of beautiful white sand beaches.

Other destinations in Haiti

  • Citadelle Henri Christophe (also known as Citadelle Laferrière) is a fortress on a high mountain in Haiti overlooking the town of Milot, Haiti. At the foot of the mountain are the ruins of the Palais Sans Souci.
  • Labadie – a private port used by cruise ships.
  • The 27 historic remains of the Mole Saint Nicolas, to the northwest, a strategic bay at the entrance to the Canal du Vent, also called the Gibraltar of America. This place is also ideal for sports (windsurfing, kitesurfing, mountain biking, hiking, etc.).

How To Travel To Haiti

By air International travellers arrive in Haiti in Port-au-Prince (PAP) at Toussaint L'Ouverture Airport or at Cap-Haitien International Airport in the north. Airline tickets can be purchased through numerous online ticket exchanges and agencies. Intra-Haitian flights are also available. Prices for these flights can fluctuate from time to time due...

How To Travel Around Haiti

By car Cars can be rented from Hertz, Avis, etc. Taxis in Haiti are usually SUVs or trucks, as most roads are long overdue for repair, in addition to the abundance of dirt roads encountered when travelling in Haiti. The price is often reasonable (e.g. 450 gourdes, or $11.53 to...

Weather & Climate in Haiti

The climate in Haiti is tropical with some variations depending on altitude. The temperature in Port-au-Prince varies between an average low of 23°C and an average high of 31°C in January, and between 25 and 35°C in July. The rainfall pattern is variable, with heavier rainfall in some lowlands...

Accommodation & Hotels in Haiti

There are many guesthouses all over Haiti. However, it is quite difficult to find them abroad. Most of these guest houses cost around $25 to $35 per night and include 2 to 3 meals per day. Sometimes these houses are connected to orphanages (e.g. Saint Joseph's Home for Boys). Saint...

Traditions & Customs in Haiti

One thing a missionary or other visitor to Haiti learns very quickly is that Haitians are a very dignified people; they have their pride, despite everything they have been through. There are a few beggars and peddlers in the cities, but they are the exception, not the rule. Don't...

Food & Drinks in Haiti

Food in Haiti Haitian cuisine is typical of the Caribbean mix, a wonderful blend of French and African sensibilities. It resembles that of its Spanish Caribbean neighbours, but is characterised by a strong presence of spices. Roasted goat called "kabrit", roasted pork "griot", poultry with Creole sauce "poulet créole", rice...

Things To See in Haiti

Port-Au-Prince has a few landmarks, structures and statues, such as a large pair of hands holding the earth. Many of them are located near the airport. This city is the largest in Haiti and was the hardest hit by the earthquake. You will still see traces of the disaster,...

Money & Shopping in Haiti

The Haitian gourde is the currency of Haiti. In April 2011, the exchange rate was 40.85 gourdes = 1 US dollar. Although traders are required by law to quote prices in gourdes, almost everything is quoted in "dollars" - not US dollars, but Haitian dollars, which is equivalent to...

Festivals & Holidays in Haiti

The following days are public holidays in Haiti. Many Vodou holidays are also celebrated but are not considered public holidays. The two most important holidays for Haitian Americans are Haitian Independence Day and Haitian Flag Day. DateEnglish nameComments1 JanuaryNew Year's Day and Independence DayCommemorates the day in 1804 when Jean-Jacques Dessalines...

Language & Phrasebook in Haiti

The official languages of Haiti are French and Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisien), a Creole language based on French, with 92% of its vocabulary derived from French and the rest mainly from African languages. Haitian Creole is the mother tongue of the masses, while French is the administrative language, although...

Culture Of Haiti

Haiti has a unique cultural identity made up of a broad mix of traditional French and African customs, mixed with significant contributions from Spanish and indigenous Taino culture. The country's customs are essentially a blend of the cultural beliefs of the various ethnic groups that have inhabited the island...

History Of Haiti

Haiti was inhabited by the Taino Indians when Christopher Columbus landed at the St Nicolas breakwater on 5 December 1492; see The Voyages of Christopher Columbus. Columbus named the island Hispaniola. The Taino were a branch of the Arawak Indians, a peaceful tribe that was weakened by the frequent...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Haiti

Stay Safe in Haiti WARNING: In 2012, Canada advised its citizens to "exercise extreme caution" due to high crime rates and the United States warned its citizens that "the ability of local authorities to respond to emergencies is limited and non-existent in some areas" as some visitors have been assaulted,...



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