Haiti Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by cjg1
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by cjg1
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by cjg1

Haiti Warnings and Dangers

  • Agressive Vendors

    The vendors here have been the most agressive I have ever encountered on any island in my travels. Saying No and Thank you is not enough no matter how firm you say it. We had many vendors swarming at one which put me off right away; even my wife had had enough after ten minutes of this nonsense. Be smart; just avoid them.

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  • PAP can be extremely dangerous

    Though many people are extremely grateful when you come to Haiti.. one must be very careful. There are those that are so desperate in these times that kidnapping is very prevalent. White, female NGO workers were being kidnapped with their shuttle drivers. Drivers have been killed with the worker ransomed. Chances of this happening are greatly...

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  • Pot Holes

    Fair warning, if you're riding in a tap-tap, expect a very bumpy ride. The streets in Haiti are littered with pot holes, and not just the kind that will wreck your cars alignment but the kind where you could lose someone if you're not careful...they're big and deep and I think the drivers aim right for the middle....

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  • Malaria

    I don't know about now, but when I was there you HAD to take quinine to avoid getting malaria. Mosquitos are everywhere so check before you leave and be sure you have the medication you need. You will not want to seek out medical treatment there. As much as I had a just ok time there, I would never go back to Haiti.

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  • Conduct yourself.

    How you conduct yourself determines the level of your own personal safety in Haiti or anywhere else.Do NOT count on the embassy or local law enforcement to save you if you end up in a bad situation.Personally I would feel safer in Port Au Prince than I would in Detroit USA, but that's me.Hire locals as interpretors and guides and pay them...

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  • Dirty and smelling

    The City is very dirty, very crowded, a lot of porvety is present everywhere you go. The City of port au prince in general has a very particular odor that you wont forget. It does smell and badly.Traffic in downtown is terrible, and most people drive very fast.Kidnapping of local people is a way of living.

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  • pap taxi arrival

    As soon as you leave customs you will meet "official taxis representatives"with badges etc.They take you outside and a taxi comes. The agreed price is $30.00, but as soon as you leave the driver starts hassling you telling you it is $30.00 per person!! Thanks to bad reviewers we went to the Plaza which is no longer a hotel. Then he wanted 10 or 20...

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  • There is A Travel Advisory

    However, I don't know why there is a travel advisory. During the past year, we have spent nearly three weeks in Haiti, sometimes right in the heart of the capital, Port au Prince, and haven't even had a hint of problems. Although, I am sure that some have. We just did not, which made it more worry free for us.

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  • protests

    Haiti does not feel as dangerous as the press makes it out to be, especially now that Rene Preval is president, but the one thing you need to watch out for is any kind of protest that happens. In a large crowd of political protesters, things can get dangerous.

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  • Exaggerations in the Media

    The situation here is not as bad as as it seems when you read the news. There are a few people who make trouble and the UN has evacuated the families of the international staff, but this is really exagerated. I walk around a lot even in the evening and also go jogging in the morning, there is no real danger.

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  • Aggressive Merchants

    If you decide to go to a outdoor marketplace; please make sure to go with a group of people. Some of the merchants are very aggressive. They will try to surround the tourists and convince them to buy their wares. You can get some really good deals... but beware they do not want you to leave without buying anything.

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  • Official Travel Warnings

    I just wanted to give my opinion on all those travel warnings posted on the websides of governments. Haiti is not that bad overall, sure there is a lot of politicial unrest but overall our family has never felt during our stay beeing in danger. Stay clear of gatherings and try to avoid larger cities like Port au Prince and Cape Haitien. The cities...

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  • Getting Through Customs at the Airport

    When you arrive at Port-au-Prince airport, you will be swarmed by a number of the porters who help handle the luggage. I recommend you pick one (or perhaps more if you are in a group with lots of luggage), and remember the number on his shirt to keep track of him. Let him help you all the way through customs and when you come out of the terminal....

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  • a policeman with a machinegun...

    a policeman with a machinegun once forced me to pay 5,-$ otherwise he would have taken away my purchases...lets hope these times are over !

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  • DANGERS? Haiti is the poorest...

    DANGERS? Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and only 30% of the population have regular jobs at present. In 1997 massive political demonstrations led to stampedes, car-burnings, and general street violence in which at least 40 people died. American, Canadian and Pakistani troops have been brought in to keep order. The main...

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  • When we were there, the first...

    When we were there, the first free election in Haiti's history went on. There were still problems from time to time, and often they manifested themselves as riots or roadblocks. The pic was taken from a helicopter as we flew over one of those roadblocks.

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  • Haiti is pretty unsanitary,...

    Haiti is pretty unsanitary, and you'll probably get sick if you eat the food or drink the water. Oh, and there aren't really any highways in Haiti. There's one, but you need an offroad vehicle to get down it, as you might have to ford rivers or cross gigantic ruts in the roads.

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  • I would advise people not to...

    I would advise people not to go out at night by themselves. I did go to discos at night, but I always brought at least one Haitian guy along with me that could talk us out of situations. I would also advise that you stick in groups for most activities. It can be intimidating if you don't know the language to go out by yourself.

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  • BEWARE OF THE HUGE TRUCKS!! ...

    BEWARE OF THE HUGE TRUCKS!! Actually, beware of every vehicle. The roads in Haiti are very narrow and the people drive pretty fast for the conditions. The huge trucks are generally filled with bananas, or with about 20 people (they are called Tap-Taps).

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  • Haiti is a political hot bed...

    Haiti is a political hot bed at the moment, and there is plenty of anti-American sentiment. Also, the Haitian military and police are corrupt, and will often try to extort money from the while tourists for fake traffic or customs violations, etc. Speaking of customs, don't take anything with you that you'd be heart broken to lose. Customs officials...

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  • The roads are narrow and full...

    The roads are narrow and full of the biggest potholes you'll probably ever see in your life! If you are driving--take care! And don't forget the four wheel drive--you'll need it. If you are a pedestrian, take care as well, the roads are not extremely pedestrian friendly.

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Haiti Hotels

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  • Moulin Sur Mer

    Tropical paradise . . . This is more than a hotel. It's a resort with a wonderful beach. The bar...

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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

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Cyvadier

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

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  • Cormier Plage

    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

  • Villa Creole

    Price Day is Us$ 100,00 - www.villacreole.com

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  • Hotel Habitation Hatt

    Delmas 31, Po Box 13402, Port-au-Prince, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • 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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