Port-au-Prince Travel Guide

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Port-au-Prince Highlights

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     The people, scenery and much more.... 

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     The political unrest and the poverty 

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     Haiti-See what's happening outside the capital 

Port-au-Prince Things to Do

  • A church that is an art gallery!

    Update: Most unfortunately the Episcopal Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was completely destroyed in the earthquake. Only one of the marvelous and historic murals was able to be saved and the organ was lost. They are currently trying to raise money to rebuild the cathedral. The Halle Ste. Cecile, Haiti's premier concert venue, was also destroyed in...

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  • Carneval

    In February there is the Carneval, the most important event in Haiti. But for 3 years already the fear of attacs leads to less people in the streets and there is not the same party as it used to be. This year (2005) several people were shot dead by the chimeres.

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  • Cathedral

    This 19th century cathedral is in surprisingly good condition, but nothing really spectacular from the achitechtural point of view.

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Port-au-Prince Hotels

  • Kaliko Beach Club

    Cote des Arcadins, KM 61, P.O. Box 1670, Gonave Bay, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Karibe Hotel

    Juvenat 7, Petionville, Port-au-Prince, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Coconut Villa

    Village Lamothe Delmas 19 No 3, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Port-au-Prince Restaurants

  • POWERBARS!

    Yes that's right powerbars! My lunches mostly consisted of powerbars and gatorade or water. Suprisingly they would keep you energized for the afternoon. I didn't seem to mind the taste either.I would reccomend bringing powerbars, trail mix, gatorade powder and other quick little snacks. It is always good to have these. Sometimes food can be hard to...

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  • PIZZA!!!!

    No i'm not kidding! There is a domino's in town! We ordered pizza from there one night. It was really good...tasted a bit like home. After gobling it down everyone came up with questions like.....hmmm wonder where the cheese came from? or the hamburger? No matter! It was good and no one got sick!!!

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  • There's no specific...

    There's no specific restaurant, but in general Haitian food is very tasty. I bought food from street vendors as well, and I didn't get sick. Fried plantains (bannan peze or banna fri), pig ears, grillot (goat), l'homard (lobster)....it's all good.

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Port-au-Prince Nightlife

  • In-place, cosmopolitan international...

    This is a middle eastern bar/restaurant where you can snack on yummy middle-eastern fare, or have a drink and look at the international crowd gathering here.

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  • Haitian Music

    The great haitian Band RAM plays every thursday at the oloffson after 11 p.m.Very good, have never seen anything like that.

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  • Night

    I would strongly encourage using common sense when thinking going out at night. I wouldn't consider walking anywhere even if I was with a group of 30 people. We were even told not to venture anywhere by foot without somewhat of a group during the day. Even then they (the administration) told us the areas that were safe. *Since we were late coming...

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Port-au-Prince Transportation

  • Flying / Rentals

    While in Haiti a rental is a great option, but unfortunately rentals in Haiti are very very expensive.Avis is usually the best choice, which is by the airport. Memory rent car is also a good choice on Clercine before you reach Tabarre. Using public transportation is definitely not for the average person, you will experience fatigue from the heat...

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  • There's public transportation and...

    There is regular public transportation but also there are many decorated trucks. Yes there's plenty for the eye but not much for the bottom!Expect as little as a piece of wood to sit on and metal or more wood to support your back. And remember these are just regular trucks that have been decorated, get ready to feel all those bumps.In the ones like...

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  • Chicken truck baby

    Beautifull Chicken truck that a lot of team members got to ride in. Not only up the street but about for 45 minutes away!!! My butt was spared!hehehe

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Port-au-Prince Shopping

  • Experience cooler climate at Mountain...

    Mountain Maid is located at the Baptist Haiti Mission up the mountain from Petion-Ville. Enjoy the cooler climate and beautiful mountain views while you're there. Plan to eat lunch at their Tea Terrace restaurant and shop for gifts and souvenirs in their crafts outlet. Everything is priced reasonably as Mountain Maid is fair-trade based -- "helping...

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  • You have to buy a Haitian Naif Painting!

    The photo is an ad hoc gallery set up on the waterfront in Port-au-Prince. You will see these little galleries everyplace in Haiti, on public fences, in front of stores and markets, inside markets, along the roads, beside the beaches. It seems like all Haitians paint and they all are trying to sell their pictures.If you want to spend a lot of...

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  • Shopping for Haitian Crafts

    If you want to shop for local crafts and foods, this is a great place to visit. The drive up from Port-au-Prince is lovely. It's always much cooler up the hill. You can hire a driver or take public transportation . . . or drive if you're brave.There are two stores at the Baptist Mission in Fermathe. The first sells native crafts and the other store...

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Port-au-Prince Local Customs

  • Football

    Haitians loves Football (soccer for North Americans).In the summer they organize "vacation championships" (best translation I could come up with) in many neighborhoods in the Capital. Teams from near by neighborhoods play in the tournament.Many Haitians are also crazy fans of the brazilian soccer team, and when I say brazilian soccer team, I mean...

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  • Radio

    Being the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, many hatians cannot afford televisions. The main way of getting up to speed on news (that I observed) was to listen to the radio. Apparently there is over 100 radio stations in Haiti. It is a great way to learn aobut their culture.*When I was in Haiti everyone seemed to be stuck to their radios...

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  • Language

    The two official languages in Haiti are French and Creole. If you can speak well in french you should have no trouble communicating with locals. If you only speak some french it will definetly help. Most understand that it may be difficult for you to understand them so they are willing to slow down.Also it is always nice to learn a few phrases in...

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Port-au-Prince Warnings and Dangers

  • Government

    Haiti is still very unstable and unpredictable (June 29th/2005). The situation changes from day to day depending on the area you are in. Make sure to keep up with the latest events.....

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  • Still dangerous

    Downtown Port-au-Prince is still a dangerous, place, it really depends on the part of town you are going to. Daytime is usually fine, but at nightime the wrong area is definetely a risk.

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  • United Nations

    This is not a danger or warning. It is more of a "for your information" . The UN Currently (November 2004) has a stabilization force of over 5000 troops and close to a thousand police officers. Most from Brazil. These individuals are here with the goal to provide stabalization to Haiti in their recent times of unrest. If you ever find yourself in...

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Port-au-Prince Tourist Traps

  • Airport

    January 2004--As soon as you retrieve your baggage you will have people coming up to you asking to carry your luggage. I would encourage you to turn them down by saying "non mesi" (no thank you). Be firm. If at all possible try to make drive arrangements in advance! Ridding in a tap tap with luggage probably ain't a good idea. Taxi would be...

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  • Police

    November 2004-- The UN has established a 2000 troop police force to help train the Hatian National police. During my trip in November the National police was much different then when I was there in January. It seemed most of them had respect for their job and did it with a level of dignity. i had a few encouraging interations with them, especially...

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  • Food

    I wouldn’t recommend buying most things that aren't cooked, washed or peeled. However you can use your judgement. I bought things like peanut butter in a packaged jar and sugar cane to. Don't miss out on the fresh fruit but make sure it is prepared correctly! Watch those side street vendors.....

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Port-au-Prince What to Pack

  • YaY for packing!

    Try to keep as little amount of bags as possible. The more bags you have the more difficult it will be to keep an eye on them at the airport. I was able to pack for 7 days with just a backpack. It turned out to be very convenient. No need really for long sleeves unless there is some rain. Short sleeve shirts, bandana's, and shorts are probably...

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  • Pack light & leave space for souvenirs...

    Good photo-equipment and films are very hard to be found for reasonable prices, and besides you will never know, wether the films were stored in the correct way.So you better get enough films at home ! I bought many paintings of all sizes - and it was very hard to pass by any of the friendly young merchants without buying anything, as they all...

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  • A Necessity!!!!!!

    Pack patience! No joke..you're gonna need it...from when you get off the plane to when you get back on....

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Port-au-Prince Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit Leogane

    Update: Unfortunately the Concert Shell (Kiosk) at the school in Leogane was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. The music camp has been held elsewhere for the past two summers but plans are to eventually return.Original Post:Take a trip along the coast west of Port-au-Prince to Leogane where you can see a modern hospital, an eye clinic . . . and a...

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  • Petit Goave

    Update: Unfortunately the church of Notre Dame in Petit Goave was completely destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. This is just a memory of what used to be there. They are rebuilding but a much different (and more earthquake-resistant) building.Original Post:Don't just look at the outside of the lovely colonial church in Petit Goave. Go inside and...

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  • Visit the colonial town of Petit Goave

    Update: Unfortunately the beautiful Notre Dame church in Petit Goave was destroyed in the earthquake. They have cleared the site and are rebuilding but I suspect the new church will be far less picturesque than the one that was destroyed. There was a 5.9 aftershock from the original earthquake and it was centered nearly directly underneath the town...

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Port-au-Prince Sports & Outdoors

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    let's play!

    by marcoparco Written Feb 5, 2004

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    It seems as though soccer is very big in Haiti. I drove by a few murals of people playing soccer on the main drag. However I did not see any evidence of any professional soccer being played. What I did see was people pointing and yelling at us in our truck because they could see the soccer ball! The kids at the orphanage went nutty when i finaly brought it out after lunch. It was so nice to see. It seemed like this little guy had been kicking a soccer ball since his exit from the womb. It was amazing!!!! So if your wondering how you can make freinds with the kids....bring a soccer ball!!!

    Equipment: One ball that may cost you 5 bucks....

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Port-au-Prince Favorites

  • La population.....

    The people....they were so appreciative and receptive towards us. I really enjoyed communicating with the Hatians. Since I am able to speak French I guess you could say I had an advantage over some other team members. All I know is that I was happy I did. I really enjoyed sitting and conversing with people from another culture. I learn't so much....

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  • Jean-Bertrand Aristide

    Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti in 1991. ( the very first FREE elections in Haiti since 1804)It could have been a big chance for freedom, as Aristide was a priest of the poor population.Shortly after his election, there was a coup d'etat by the army, but with the help of the USA Aristide returned in 1994.Within short time he...

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  • Haiti - discovered by Columbus in 1492

    The island was discovered by Columbus and he called it Hispanola.It became the first Spanish settlement in the Carribean, with the capital Santo Domingo.The local inhabitants were about 1 000 000 at that time but almost all of them died of infections untill 1533.Therefor Slaves from Africa had to be taken to Hispanola. On my picture :One of my...

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