Discover Haiti

Forget everything you think you know about Haiti, and disregard any disturbing images you may have seen in the news. This resilient Caribbean nation is ready for curious, open-minded travelers to once again experience its vibrant Creole culture and stunning natural beauty.

Five years after a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake, Haiti is striving to rebuild by redeveloping its tourism industry. (Though often disregarded as a destination, this country was formerly a Caribbean hot spot with the moniker “The Pearl of the Antilles” during its heyday in the 1950s—the Clintons even honeymooned here in 1975.) As the country works to put itself back on travelers’ radar, now is the perfect time to see the sides of Haiti that are often overlooked: its undeveloped beaches; fascinating, centuries-old forts; and unique, Vodou-infused art.

From joining in the revelry at Carnival in Jacmel to basking in the breathtaking Bassin Bleu waterfalls, Haiti is full of unforgettable experiences for the intrepid traveler. But the most unexpected moments are the ones that involve learning about life in Haiti, in all its complicated ways, straight from the warm and resilient people who call it home.

For first-timers in Haiti, these are the three destinations you must visit: lively capital Port-au-Prince, artsy beach town Jacmel, and historic port city Cap-Haitien (shown above). But there’s also an endless number of local people you need to meet to really get to the know “the real Haiti,” so don’t be surprised if one week here isn’t enough.

pictures copyright: Haiti Tourism

Useful Info

  • Time
    4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4) during winter time and GMT-5 during summer time.

  • Electricity
    110/120 volt

  • Language
    French, Haitian Creole French

  • Currency
    Haitian gourde

  • Emergency number
    114 (Police) 115 (Fire) 116 (ambulance)

  • Capital

  • Area
    10,710 square miles

  • Communication
    The country code of Haiti is +509.

  • Climate
    Haiti's climate is tropical with some variation depending on altitude. Port-au-Prince ranges in January from an average minimum of 23 °C (73.4 °F) to an average maximum of 31 °C (87.8 °F); in July, from 25–35 °C (77–95 °F). The rainfall pattern is varied, with rain heavier in some of the lowlands and the northern and eastern slopes of the mountains. Haiti's dry season occurs from November to January.

  • Public Holidays
    - January 1: New Year's Day/ Independence Day
    - January 2: Heroe's Day/ Ancestors' Day
    - February 7: Inauguration of Jovenel Moise
    - Dates vary: Carnival
    - Dates vary: Good Friday
    - Dates vary: Easter Monday
    - May 1: Labor Day
    - May 18: Flag Day
    - Dates vary : Corpus Christi
    - October 17: Dessalines Day
    - November 1: All Saint' Day
    - November 2: All Souls' Day
    - December 25: Christmas Day

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  • Address
    Toussaint Louverture International Airport, Aero International de Port, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, +509 48 65 6436

  • Facilities
    Airport facilities include a bank, a post office, bars and restaurants, boutiques and duty-free shopping.

  • Internet
    There is a possibility to connect on the WiFi of the airport.

  • Airport taxis
    Airport taxis are available.
    Taxis are available in Haiti and are widely used, but these taxis are different from the taxis which most people are used to in their home locations. The main difference is that drivers charge a single far no matter what the destination is and this is due to an underlying main difference which is that taxi drivers will pick up passengers until their car is full. What this means is that visitors who take a taxi may find the car stopping before they reach their destination in order to pick up other travelers who will ride in the car with them. In general, unless the second passenger’s destination is much closer, the driver will proceed on to drop off the first passenger before taking the second passenger to the requested destination.

  • Airport parking
    There is a possibility to park your car near the airport.

  • Getting to the city
    Public transportation is considered to be the best method of getting around the area so visitors are strongly encouraged to learn about the public transportation system and to use it as much as possible, avoiding renting a car unless it is absolutely necessary. The main method of public transportation is the city bus. Visitors are forewarned, however, that this bus is unlike standard city buses in many major western cities.

    There are bus terminals where visitors can get the bus, primarily located in Port-au-prince and Cap-Haitien, although they are also located in other areas of Haiti. The buses do not run on a set schedule like buses in other major cities generally do. Instead, the bus driver waits until the bus is full and then leaves the bus terminal. This can be frustrating for tourists who are used to being on a schedule. However, it should be welcomed as an opportunity to experience the sense of timelessness which is enjoyed by the locals of Haiti.

  • Car rental
    Rental cars are an option in Haiti but they are not recommended. Travelers who do rent them generally rent them upon arrival at the airport. They are somewhat expensive, at approximately $60 per day, but this is not the reason that they are not recommended. Instead, it has been found that the combination of difficult roads and bad drivers in Haiti generally makes it unsafe for drivers from foreign countries to comfortably drive in Haiti.
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