Craggy coastline, verdant valleys, and palm-fringed beaches – Haiti represents the very best of the Caribbean. This island nation, located between North America and South America, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, has a wealth of history dating back to the time of African slaves. Because of its past, Haiti has a closer connection to African culture and art than any other island in the Caribbean. After surviving of a devastating earthquake in 2010, Haiti continues to lure travelers to its endless stretch of sand and fascinating colonial towns.
Best time to visit Haiti
Haiti experiences a hot and humid tropical climate with high temperatures. The best time to visit Haiti would be between the months of November and March. During this time, there is a drop in the temperature and the rains are also rare. The low humidity and pleasant weather make for a great time to indulge in outdoor activities and explore the countryside.
How to reach Haiti
Toussaint Louverture International Airportlocated near Port-au-Prince is the busiest international airport in Haiti. Hugo Chávez International Airport, located in Cap-Haitien, is the second largest airport in Haiti. Flights are available to these airports from cities around the world. There are over 100 connecting flights to Cap Haitien from New Delhi, every week. The major airlines operating this route include Jet Airways
, British Airways
, Air India
, American Airlines, and Aeroflot.
Accommodation in Haiti
Luxury accommodation are rather thin on the ground in Haiti, which is still recovering from the after-effects of the major earthquake of 2010. A good variety of accommodation can be found in the capital city, Port-au-Princeincluding modest inns, cozy guesthouses, and a few palatial-style hotels. The city of Petit-Gonave is known for its plethora of beachside hotels and resorts. Cap Haitien and Jacmel also have standard accommodation options. Visitors are recommended to book rooms well in advance, before coming to Haiti. Prices of accommodations range from INR 3,000 to INR 10,000.
Places to visit in Haiti
Haiti is a blend of fascinating historical monuments and blissful beaches. A veritable paradise in the Caribbean, the region is a collection of stunning spots. The most famous of these is the Citadelle Laferriere, the mountaintop fortress built as protection against the French invasion in 1820. The ruins of the palace of Sans- Souci is yet another site well-known for its historical roots.
The capital city of Port-au-Prince must top your list of must-visit places in Haiti. The cultural center of the island nation, this city offers a plethora of attractions for people of all ages. Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption, Etang Saumâtre, National Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Haiti are some of the top attractions of Port-au-Prince.
The colonial town of Cap Haitien is known for its laid-back atmosphere and several sun-kissed beaches. The Notre Dame Cathedral of Cap Haitien is also worth a visit and a peaceful place to relax. The colonial town of Jacmel, the national parks of La Visite and Parc Macaya, the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Site des Ramiers, Kokoye Beach, Gelee Beach, and the waterfall at Saut-Mathurine are other interesting places to visit in Haiti.
Shopping in Haiti
There are many interesting souvenirs you can buy in Haiti. The Iron Market in Port-au-Prince is the largest market in the country, where you can buy seed jewelry, straw hats, and wood carvings. Knife paintings are highly sought-after items at this market. Paintings, sculptures, and the local produce Rhum Barbancourt are among the interesting items you can buy in Haiti.
Eating out in Haiti
Haitian cuisine has an African heritage with a distinct French influence. Poulet aux Noix, Griyo, Mayi Moulen ak Sòs Pwa, Lanbi an Sòs Lanbi Kreyol, Lanbi Boukannen, Woma Boukannen, and Tassot are some of the major dishes of Haiti.
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