Haiti

Overview

Haiti is the culturally richest country in the Caribbean and was a leading tourism destination in the 1970s. Since the 2010 earthquake Haiti has taken large steps to regain this position. The country offers visitors a rich culture and heritage which manifests itself through art, music and festivals.

 

Visitors can head for the mountains which soar more than 2,000 metres; swim in the blue waters of waterfalls such as Bassin Bleu and Saute Mathurine (the latter has a base the size of an Olympic swimming pool) or explore caves such as Grotte Marie Jeanne which has 2.4kms of caves and three levels descending down some 90 metres.

 

Explore some of the fortresses such as the five-storey Citadelle Laferriere, which was built on a hill 900 metres high in 1804 celebrating Napoleon’s defeat and the establishment of the world’s first black state. The cannons, cannon balls and artillery are the largest collection in the world from its period.

 

Visit the Citadelle Laferriere fortress in Cap Haitien, built after the slaves defeated Napoleon’s army in 1804.

 

Meet the people, try the Kreyòl cuisine, take part in the three carnivals (Jacmel, Flowers and National) and buy some of the best art that you have ever seen. Soak in the sun whilst turquoise blue water laps at your feet. Come and experience it… before the rest of the world discovers the Caribbean’s best-kept secret!

Airlines

Haiti is served by connecting flights from gateways served by Air France, American Airlines/American Eagle, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and KLM. Regional services into Haiti are operated by Air Caraibes, BahamasAir, Cape Air, Insel Air, InterCaribbean Airways and Rainbow International Airlines.

 

More information in the Guide to the Caribbean (pages 56-57).

Cruise

Several cruise lines include Haiti on their Caribbean itineraries. More details will follow shortly.

Hotels

Haiti offers a range of accommodation options. More details will follow shortly.

Tour Ops

Two CTO-member tour operators serve Haiti. See pages 58-59 of the

Guide to the Caribbean.

Itinerary

Spend two/three days in the capital Port-au-Prince for the MUPANAH museum, the iron market, the art galleries and walk in the mountains above the capital. International brands include Best Western Premier, Occidental, and NH Group. Marriott and Hilton will open soon. There are many charming Haitien-owned hotels such as the Karibe, Kinam, Villa Therese and Villa Bambou. Then spend two days in Cap Haitien for the Citadelle and Palais Sans Souci staying at Cormier Plage, Mont Jolie or Roi Christophe. Lastly two days in Jacmel for Bassin Bleu, art and crafts, and the Beach at Cotes de Fer staying at La Colline Enchante, or Villa Nicole. Extend your stay with a few nights on the beach at Cote des Arcadins.

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