Major Tourist Attractions: Labadee, Sans-Souci Palace, Citadelle Laferriere, Stade Sylvio Cator, Etang Saumatre
Sure, when people think of Haiti, tourism is the last thing they imagine. A vacation in Haiti these days almost seems like a holiday in Cambodia forty years back. Today, Haiti is far more familiar with dealing with natural disaster and political turmoil than it is with tourism. In fact, at the moment, the western half of Espanola Island is actually the only place in the world to have a UN Peace Keeping mission within it's territory without ever having a legitimate armed conflict.
That being said, Haiti's neighbor, the Dominican Republic, is one of the Caribbea'sn most visited vacation destinations. The two countries share the same sort of coastline, the same geography and the same stunning sea. Although there's obviously an extremely long way to go to turn Haiti from a country of turmoil to a land of thriving tourism, it does have all the natural gifts that make a location a sought after destination. Haiti, Latin America's first independent state, is ripe with splendid sea, history, and even some of the world's most interesting UNESCO sites.
At the moment, the vast majority of foreigners who set foot in Haiti do so through non-governmental organizations (NGOs) aimed at aiding life in the country. At the most, a trickle of that group of people could even be classified under the category of “ Volun-tourists.” There are some incredibly intrepid tourists, however, and those who set off the beaten path to explore the country beyond the rough streets of Port-au-Prince often find a land full of potential. It probably goes without saying as well: those who visit have it all to themselves.
Things to do in Haiti:
- Volunteer at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince
- Visit the Citadelle, a UNESCO site worthy of mention among the wonders of the world
- Wander along Gelee Beach one of Haiti's best strips of sea
- Get off the beaten beach at Kokoye
- Stand under Haiti's most beautiful waterfall – Saut-Mathurine
- Spend Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti's top tourist town
Address: Tabarre 41
Route de Tabarre