While the Bay of Cap-Haitien has become very muddy and dirty, and is not suitable for swimming since it is dominated by a seaport, Cap-Haitien is served by several very nice beach resorts. The best is Labadee, which accommodates cruise ships. The second best is Cormier Plage.
The Hotel Mont Joli, located on a bluff above 29th St., is by and large the most modern hotel, however I have had bad experiences with the staff there, so I would recommend the Hotel Roi Christophe, which is an oasis located at the intersection of 24th St. and B St.
Lakay Restaurant, located near the end of the seaside 'Boulevard,' is a nice place to eat, and is usually crowded with nice people on weekend nights.
For tourist attractions, the obvious favorite is the Sans Souci Palace and the towering Citadel, whose silhouette is visible from the airport.
For religious readers, the Cathedral dominates the 'skyline,' and is a nice place to visit, despite the graffiti. English-speaking services are held on Sundays at the Methodist church, just behind the Cathedral. Other notable churches include the Catholic Sacre Coeur, next to the cemetery on L St., the Baptist church in the center of town (I am not sure which street, but it is the 20's, and anybody can tell you how to find it.) The Centre de Formation Chretienne across from the cemetery in the suburb of Petite-Anse, which is next to National 3, and the Centre Chretien du Cap across from the power plant in the Suburb of Ste. Philomene off National 1 are rapidly growing evangelical churches.
Fondest memory: The old French colonial buildings and the narrow streets, which give the city a unique vibe, but most of all the people, which are Haiti's best and worst qualities, but have a warmth which can be felt physically as well as emotionally.
Just like all islands in the Caribbeans the beaches and weather are beautiful in the right period of the year.
Fondest memory: We were on a stopover from a cruise with Royal Caribbean on their own island, named Labadee.
The island was very beautiful as were the beaches. Not much to see however except from a market place for natives from the surrounding area. You can however get some bargains on souvenirs, but you must bagain.
You can walk the island very peacefully and visit a place named 'the dragon's.....something something'. There the water among the rocks comes up and makes a certain noise. Nice place for photographs.
Be very careful if it is very warm, do not walk barefeet in the sand 'ouch'. We did and regretted it, had to take a small shuttle from the market to the beach.
Go to see the voodoo show....it's magical...though people in the village have arranged the show only for tourists(because the outsiders aren't allowed to see the real ritual) it's definitely worth to see!!
Creole is spoken in Haiti. It's a bit like french and if you know some french you'll manage anywhere because they understand it...
Fondest memory: Cormier Plage-hotel which is owned by Jean-Claude Diquemar who was one of the maincameramen and diver of famous marine researcher Jacques Cousteau, when they were making these great films about underwater world....
Cormier Plage has nice calm rooms and very beautiful beach and it's only 30 minutes away from Cap-Haitien...food is also excellent...many kinds of seafood with pasta and rice....Remember to order local beer 'Prestige' when visiting restaurants