Make sure to take time to enjoy the beaches while you are in Haiti. The sand is almost pure white and the water is the most incredible aqua / teal color. The water is also so clean & clear that you can see the rocks on the bottom.
Seven-kilometer trip up the mountain can be made on a horseback. It's an awesome place, built by a madman (Roi Christophe) as a fortress to defend Haiti's northern shore from the French invaders who never came. The king shot himself in the head with a golden bullet and is burried on citadel's grounds.
A short ride on a tender from the cruise ship to the beach at Labadee and a day of water sports. There is a natural sandy beach on the north side of the island (opposite the peninsula depicted). Other beaches around Columbus Bay are used for the kayak and jet ski activities.
There are ruins of several stone buildings between the pier and the beach. One appears to have been a small church.
This is not the typical Haiti I've read about.. No evidence of civil strife, deforestation, or roving gangs of young thugs.
It started raining, when I had to take shelter in this church. Once inside, I heard a band playing when this was suddenly interrupted by women throwing themselves on the floor and crying unhuman cries with their eyes rolled back and their bodies cramped up.
Catholicism and Voodoo go together in Haiti. For more info about Haiti, its history, voodoo and especially about 'zombification' read Wade Davis' "Serpent and the Rainbow".
As mentioned, Hait's art is probably second to none, and the place to get hold of 'art primitif' paiting is la Place in Petionville.
Even though the paintings are not the original, it is still a great thing to take back from your trip. Remember to bargain!
Petionville lies above from Port of Prince and is a middle to upperclass area. It is not us bustling as Port of Prince, but a lot safer with plenty of art galleries and restaurants. Most of the good hotels are in this area.
Just an awesome place to visit. Its a hard place to get too, but well worth it. Make sure you wake up early and catch a cab to the foot of the hill. I think the cost was about $7-10. If you want the car to drive you up the hill, make sure the car looks trustworthy. Our driver pretty much gauranteed us his car would make it up, but it didnt even get up the first hundred meters before we stalled out. There were young boys there who had horses and we ended up hiring them to take us up and that was a very worthwhile experience. We got to talk to the boys and just relax going up the hill (which took about 2.5 hours). Its actually a very scenic route and its great because you cna just go at your own pace, or the horse's pace, which isnt really that fast. You'll get a vew of the area and there are homes on the mountain where a lot of the boys live.
Once you get to the Citadel, its just awesome. A lot of the buildings are still in great shape. The cannons and cannonballs are still around. And to my surprise, there werent many other visitors. I think we were one of the 3 parties that were there at the time, so it spretty quiet and you cna just view things at your own pace. We met an expat named Tim, who showed us around. If you cant find an expat like Tim, you should probably invest in a guide. The boys that bring you up, Know some history about the citadel, but not all their information is accurate.
Overall just the history of seeing this building makes it a great overall experience that everyone in the area should check out. But if possible, you might want to fly in.
all people I met in Haiti were really friendly to the tourists.
And scenes like on this painting ( that I bought in Haiti ) are quite usual with women carrying their purchases home on their head.
A friendly population...
... BUT policemen, or rather gunmen ( police and/or soldiers, I don't know), who might intimidate also tourists and simply ask for a few $$, with a machinegun in their hands...
Have a look for that beautiful blue sky and the high mountains in the back :
In fact there are lots of rather high mountains in Haiti and plenty of them had fortresses on top of them, and this way it was easy to defend the island against enemies.
The must see attraction in Haiti. A fortress in a unique spot and overlooking the landscape of northern Haiti.
Just marvellous, but beware of the constant hassling inofficial tour guides and those guides which rent horses. Better just walk it is worth to do it like this!
Marche de Fer
Place des Heroes de L'Independence
Walk around, follow a rara band for a while
Musee d'Art Haitien
St. Trinite church and its astounding murals
God, everything, just walk around for a day or two, you will see life, beauty, poverty, kindness, smells, sights, sounds you have never witnessed before. Enjoy it all.
The Baptist Mission in Fermathe (on the route de Kenscoff) is a great place to 'get away' for a couple of hours. There is a snack bar with a breath-taking view of the mountains. The gift shop is a great place for souvenirs. Past the church there is a small 'zoo' with a monkey named Charlie, a caymen alligator, some rabbits, and other small creatures. It is truly tiny, but my children love it. There is also a small park-like area where my kids can run around. There is also a bakery that sells fresh bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, etc.
All the products in the gift shop are made in the workshops of the mission, where the participants learn a trade that will hopefully keep their families fed.
Kennskof and Furcy are two nice little villages in the mountains not far from Port-au-Prince. It's a nice place to visit, you get to relax and enjoy the nice fresh air of the mountains
it's a very nice Place to relax. I like it a lot
La Citadelle in Cap Haitien in the (Nord of Haiti).
The Citadelle is a huge fortress based on the top of a mountain. it was build in the 19th Century by the haitiens to protect there land from forrein invasions. It's a real masterpiece.
I recommend going to the coastal town of Jacmel. I loved the scenary, the beach and the beautiful Blue Bassin.
The blue bassin is a large waterfall that has three beautiful bassins of water to swim in. I think that we spent 4 hours swimming and relaxing there.
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