Port-au-Prince Travel Guide

  • Port-Au-Prince: A Miraculous Revival

    Haiti was virtually destroyed by an earthquake in 2010 and has been rebuilding ever since. The capital, Port-Au-Prince, has shown a brave face, and a renewed energy has come back to the city. Through it all, the people have remained warm and proud.

Explore Port-au-Prince

  • Pétionville

    The Pétionville neighbourhood in Port-Au-Prince is home to restaurants, nightclubs and shops, making it a destination for visitors and Haitians alike.

  • Bassin-Bleu

    Cascading waterfalls join three spectacular pools, coloured a vibrant blue by the minerals in the surrounding rocks. It’s definitely a popular destination but the otherworldly nature of the scene makes it worthwhile.

  • La Citadelle

    Built to fend off a possible French attack in the early 1800s, la Citadelle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Haiti. Few fortresses like it exist in the Americas and its size is impressive, but the hike to get to it takes some energy.

  • Gingerbread Houses

    The design of these homes tends to make them look like gingerbread houses, but unique building techniques have made them far sturdier than their sugary lookalikes. High ceilings aid with warding off the Caribbean heat while a special four-sided roof helps defend from oncoming hurricanes. Most importantly, specialized carpentry allows the buildings to flex: imperative during an earthquake.
  • Marche de Fer

    Haiti is one of the few places where travellers can see voodoo up close, and the Marche de Fer is the place to do it. This packed market is full of vendors selling a wide range of voodoo crafts, statues and paraphernalia — lucky visitors may even see the occasional demonstration. Travellers can also find an assortment of fresh Haitian food here, including spiced fish, vegetables and more. Be forewarned, its popularity among tourists also makes it a prime working spot for thieves, so market-goers are advised to keep a firm grasp on their wallets and purses.

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All foreign nationals arriving in Haiti will be required to pay a US $10, CA $10 or €10 tourist fee in cash only (subject to change). Must be made by passengers upon their arrival at the Port au Prince airport.

Presence of Sargassum in Mexico and the Caribbean
Depending on the weather conditions, winds and tides may bring large quantities of Sargassum to shore. Since seaweed moves with the ocean currents, quantities may vary by place and day. Transat would like to inform its clients that this natural phenomenon beyond its control affects several parts of Mexico and the Caribbean. Although the presence of this brown seaweed is greater than usual, our hotel partners are making every effort to clean the beaches when necessary.

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