Haiti: tourism’s best kept secret
Independent since 1804, Haiti was the first black republic in the world. Tropical vegetation, coral reefs, multicoloured fish, waterfalls and grottos are just a few reasons to book a flight to Port-au-Prince airport and tour this beautiful country.
Port-au-Prince and Pétionville
Seeing Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital city, aboard a tap-tap (minibus) is a must. Numerous art galleries, artisanal boutiques, good restaurants and quality hotels can be found in Pétionville.
The 2-km Pointe-Ouest Beach is Haiti’s most legendary. It’s ideal for swimming, snorkelling or relaxing on the white sand. Coco Beach, near Labadie, is one of the Caribbean’s principal seaside resorts.
Many of Haiti’s islands are acclaimed, notably Gonâve Island and Tortuga. Île à Vaches, in addition to its beauty, is overflowing with archaeological relics. Several boats have also sunk on the reefs to the north-east of the island.
Haiti is endowed with two mountain ranges, in the north and in the south. The Pic la Selle peaks at a height of 2680 metres. Bassin Bleu and its mountain river can be found just north of Jacmel.
Waterfalls and grottos
The Hinche caves are a must-see when visiting Haiti. 30 metres high, the Zim waterfall pours into a dazzling blue pool. Pictograms attributed either to the Amerindians or to African slaves can be seen in the caves.
Jacmel’s Carnival is very popular, and the one in Port-au-Prince is a draw because of its music and dancing. At Easter, there’s a celebration of the sea in Pestel. In all of Haiti’s towns, “rara” processions (voodoo) begin during Lent. Country fairs and patron saint festivities coincide with voodoo celebrations.
Cap Haitien is a town situated in the north of Haiti. Rich in history and architecture, this community is a draw for tourists interested in getting to know the country’s culture.
Côte des Arcadins
Situated 45 minutes north of Port-au-Prince, Côte des Arcadins is essentially a long stretch of white-sand beaches bordered by hotels and seaside resorts. Foodies love the area’s seafood and Creole cuisine.
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