Haiti Local Customs

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Haiti Local Customs

  • Lose all sense of time

    Basically when you step into Haiti you need to lose the watch because nothing happens when it is suppossed to. If your guide says he will meet you at 10:00am, it will most likely be 2-3 hours later. If they tell you to hurry up and get ready, you will hurry up, then wait an hour. This is really frusterating if you are not prepared for it. So just...

  • Holy Trinity, the Episcopal Cathedral

    This lovely church in Port of Prince/Haiti is one of the most interesting churches I saw in the Caribean - with plenty of great paintings - but unfortunately rather too dark inside, so my picture is not really great.Thanks to VT-member Beausoleil I learned that this is Holy Trinity, the Episcopal Cathedral in Port of Prince/Haiti. Take your time to...

  • Greet people

    It's a good thing to greet people especially in rural areas. Haitian people can be really sensitive when it comes to greetings.I guess it's just plain politeness to greet back when someone greets you, it will be even more appreciated if you are the one who greets first.Now as for how to greet, you can say "bonjour" in French or "bonjou" in Creole...

  • Sunday

    Haitians are practisig christians. Sundays people dress up in their best clothes and go to church, very nice to see the effort they make. I wonder how the clothes can be so clean and white when you see how people actually live. It is very peaceful and sunday really is a special day, not as in other countries where people are more casual than usual...

  • Haiti is a place, really worth a visit

    Haiti is a place, really worth a visit !One day I would like to have my own sailing-boat and explore all the wonderful small bays around Haiti.I really hope, the political circumstances will be better and safer for the population and the tourists then.

  • In the palatial little Hotel...

    In the palatial little Hotel Prince I sat beside the swimming pool and talked to John, a UN nutritionist, from West End Lane in London's West Hampstead. 'Haiti is some sort of paradise,' said John. 'But there is hunger and malnutrition. There's not enough water. Some people have to walk many miles to get water.' 'Corruption?' 'It's no worse than in...

  • The Haitian language is pretty...

    The Haitian language is pretty easy; I had basic stuff down in a week. It's a simple french creole - not too complex. Bonjou (Bon zhoo) is hello. M'ap vini (mop veenee) is good-bye or see you later (it means 'I'm coming'). When you get to Haiti, be prepared to see some very poor people. There will be beggars at the airports. They'll ask for your...

  • The Haitians are very friendly...

    The Haitians are very friendly and happy to see tourists. Admittedly, there were very few tourists there when I was visiting, but everyone seemed curious in a good way. Even very rudimentary French (which is the only French I can speak) is appreciated as English is not all that widespread. The Creole spoken by most Haitians--particularly the...

  • Voodoo is a prevalent...

    Voodoo is a prevalent influence in Haiti, but is not widely practiced any more. I was told that, outside of Port-au-Prince, voodoo is still fairly common. At night, you can still hear the drums (from voodoo rituals), but many Haitians in the capital are Christian these days. And, among educated Haitians, voodoo is taboo. When visiting, take care...


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  • Kaliko Beach Club

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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  • Hotel Cyvadier

    This hotel is beautiful and private, very well kept and clean; the staff and service is amazing. The...

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    Cap Haitien, Cap-Haitien, Haiti, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • NH Haiti El Rancho

    Rue Jose Marti, 5, Petion-Ville

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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  • Kinam Hotel

    Place St. Pierre, Pétion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Florita

    29, rue du Commerce, Jacmel, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Mont Joli

    A very nice hotel in the centre of Cap Haitien, ca. USD 80,- and with a beautiful view across town...


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