The western half of the island Hispaniola, Haiti welcomes travelers with more than 1,700 kilometers of sandy beaches and sapphire blue waters. The world’s only successful slave rebellion happened here, and the music, art, and culture that came with it make Haiti a unique place to visit. Fascinating and beautiful landscapes and beaches, the island invites tourism to explore, discover, and relax.
The Citadelle Laferrière
Situated on top of Mountain Bonnet a L’Eveque is the Citadelle Laferrière. One of the most massive fortresses ever built in the Americas, the Citadelle was built by Henri Christopher after the successful slave rebellion that won Haiti its independence in 1804. However, the massive structure wasn’t finished until 1820. It served to protect and guard Haiti in the event of a French attack and still stands today as a mark of triumph for the Haitian people.
For those on a history tour, a stop by the Sans-Souci Palace in Nord is a unique experience. This once grand palace, built-in 1813, is now in ruins due to several earthquakes. Also built by Henri Christophe, the first Haitian King, it was one of nine palaces on the island. The castle was also built on the land of a critical moment in the Haitian Revolution, the execution of a prominent French-sympathizer.
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Market in Port-au-Prince
Several of Haiti’s cities have markets, but Port- au-Prince’s is the original and the best. The market was built in 1889; the iron structure has been a remarkable site to visit for tourists. Burnt in 2008 and destroyed in 2010 after the earthquake, the attraction is still one of the highlights of Port-au-Prince reflecting the culture and tradition of the island.
For those who want to find the hidden gems of Haiti, get yourself on tour to search out Bassin Bleu. A waterfall feeds this remote natural pool out in the jungle. The sparkling sapphire waters are mesmerizing, and time and time again, people say the pictures never do it justice. If you join a tour, a lot of the planning will be handled, and you can just enjoy the adventure.
The Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve is home to some of the nation’s last remaining old-growth forests. Located in Kenscoff, about an hour from Port-au-Prince, Wynne Farm welcomes visitors to enjoy the connection with nature and local people.
For those who are not on a cruise who still wish to see some of Haiti’s untamed beauty, you can get a charter boat to Amiga Island. Located on the northern side of the island, this isolated and unique spot in the Caribbean beckons those who wish to experience a simpler life. You’ll feel as though you’re on your desert island as you enjoy the break from society.
Toussaint L’Ouverture: L’Ouverture was one of the leaders of the initial slave rebellion in Haiti. He helped pave the road for the continuation of this rebellion into the Haitian Revolution but unfortunately died while a French prisoner.
Jean Jacques Dessalines: Dessalines took up the reigns of the Haitian Revolution after L’Overture. He went on to lead Haiti and eventually declare its independence from France in 1804.
For those who want to learn more about the glorious Haitian Revolution, you can spend some time at the Musée du Panthéon National Haitian in Port-au-Prince. Here, you will learn about the individual heroes who made independence possible.
If you are choosing to fly into Haiti, you can easily reach the Port-Au-Prince Airport from several major American cities, such as Miami or New York, via several different airlines. There are also several flights operating out of Europe, Central America, and other Caribbean destinations.
Rather than sit on an airplane for hours, you can enjoy the fun and excitement of a cruise to Haiti to explore the country and discovering amazing spots for pictures and memories.
When you find yourself in Haiti, you can get yourself a rental car to explore the beautiful sites and exciting communities of this unique and historic country.
April 27th, 2020
The President of Haiti announced several measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Haiti, including that its borders, ports, and airports will be closed, and commercial flights will be suspended except for transportation of merchandise, and the captains and the pilots of cargo vessels/planes.
After several natural disasters have taken their toll on Haiti, the people of this great nation need international help as much as ever. Hope for Haiti works to make sure the basic needs of everyone are met during a crisis. During less hectic times, they take their efforts one step further to provide education and ways for economic development within communities.
Food for the Poor works in Haiti to provide emergency relief, sustainable development, and food and supplies for those in need. Haiti has one of the highest poverty rates in the western hemisphere, and so we must work to make sure everyone’s basic needs are met so that they can continue to grow and prosper.
National dish: Riz National: Red snapper with red beans, tomatoes, and onions over rice
Motto: “L’Union fait la force” “Unity Makes Strength”
The National Flag:
The top half of the flag is blue and the bottom half of the flag is red. In the center of the flag, there is a white box that has an array of “captured weapons” defending a palm tree, which is meant to represent Haiti’s fight for independence. However, for civilian use, the white box with the coat of arms is omitted, leaving just the blue and red. The blue represents Haiti’s black citizens while the red represents those of mixed race.