Haiti Off The Beaten Path

  • Cap Hiatien, street scene
    Cap Hiatien, street scene
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    Countryside house
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    Mom listens to child read
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Haiti Off The Beaten Path

  • Jacmel in Haiti

    If you want an adventure, take public transportation from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel on the south coast of Haiti. If you want a slightly less adventurous trip, hire a private car. Either way, the views are incredible and Jacmel is a wonderful little town that still has remnants of it's colonial past in evidence.This picture was taken on the back...

  • Market in La Croix

    If you want to come here, you'll need to hike for a few hours (no roads suitable for cars for miles around La Croix). This is the biggest market of the whole mountain range, people come from far and away to buy and sell goods. They carry everything on their heads, the lucky few have a mule or a horse.When we arrived, we were the attraction of the...

  • Surprise appetizers from a neighbor

    While I'm not sure every town has one, Croix des Bouquet has a lady who lives just outside the Gospel Mission compound and one night, she made several wonderful appetizers that we devoured! One is marinade, which is quite like a cornmeal hushpuppy with shredded veggies and/or meat inside. Very tasty. Then there were fried bananas, patat (if I...

  • All of Hiati is off the beaten path!

    In Haiti even the guidebook recommended things to see are currently off the beaten path. The first step to the unconventional experience is to rid yourself of the fear engendered by Haiti's reputation, and without giving up common sense, start to wander and interact with people you meet. A bit of French is useful, but even without it you do not...

  • Coco Beach

    This countries has some great beaches, however you must endure the road trip, with very poor road conditions.If you have the time and up to being adventurous, La Citadelle worth the backhorse ride, be ready to be accompanied by crowds while climbing up the hill.

  • fresh air in the mountains

    Kenscoff and Furcy, more than one hours drive up in th emountains. Very beautiful, there is even a Hotel with Restaurant in the middle of nowhere called The Lodge. Great for walking, It is very fresh there, even cold compared to PaP.

  • Natural Beauty of Haiti

    Walk across the island from where the ferry drops you off on Labadee Beach and view some beautiful rock formations as well as a more secluded beach.

  • Go to see the Citadel. A few...

    Go to see the Citadel. A few miles south of Cap Haitien, it's an incredible work of Napoleonic era construction. Built over the course of several years and at the expense of over 10,000 Haitians that worked on it, it was constructed to defend against an attack by Napoleon. Fortunately, that attack never came, but one can still see the stacks of...

  • Most of my 'tour' was in Cap...

    Most of my 'tour' was in Cap Haiten, on the northern coast. I was part of a helicopter team and saw most of the region from the air. I think we saw a (former?) beach resort northeast of town. A very impressive (French colonial?) fort/castle is poised on the mountain ridgeline just south of town.

  • The Pacot area of...

    The Pacot area of Port-au-Prince is full of these old 'Gingerbread' style houses. After years of neglect, most are rotting and in danger of being demolished. A lucky few are being restored like the one seen here. I hope more can be saved. They are truly beautiful and unique.

  • I think that most people come...

    I think that most people come to Haiti thinking that they can help the people with money. The Haitians do not want our money, they want us to become part of their culture. Stop and get to know the people around you. You are not always better than the people around you, the Haitians have a lot to show you if you take a moment to look.

  • Haiti has some beautiful...

    Haiti has some beautiful artwork at some very good prices. I'm sorry to say that I'm not sure of the location, but there is one shop that's about three large floors that sells lots of beautiful pieces as well as other souvenirs. The bright colors and daring designs are a testament to the colorful Haitian personality!

  • Voodoo is a derivative of the...

    Voodoo is a derivative of the world’s oldest known religions which have been around in Africa since the beginning of human civilization. Some conservative estimates these civilizations and religions to be over 10 000 years old. This then identify Voodoo as probably the best example of African syncretism in the Americas. Although its essential...

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