The Republic of Haiti is a French speaking Caribbean nation and is the third largest country in the Caribbean. Unfortunately the country stands right in the middle of the hurricane belt and the latest storms – Tropical Storm Fay, Hurricane Gustav, Hurricane Hanna and Hurricane Ike – took a heavy toll on the nation in September 2008.
There are still enough hotels and resorts standing in Haiti and the majority of them are located in the cities rather than on the coast. Both hotels and resorts offer special packages, mostly discounted rooms. Some of the resorts have all inclusive packages. Wedding and honeymoon packages are also available.
Make sure to double check the shape of the hotel or resort before you book your room.
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Things to do
As in the majority of the Caribbean, Haiti is famous for beaches. If you want to swim, snorkel, sail or waterski head to Kyona and Ibo beaches. If you want to fish, go to La Gonâve.
Port-au-Prince is Haiti’s capital and a bustling city with almost 1 million inhabitants. Visit the Iron Market (Marche en fer) for some fresh fruits and pretty much any craft you might want to buy. Other landmarks include the Statue of the Unknown Slave, the Museum of Haitian Art, the Gingerbread Houses and the Defly Mansion. Visit the suburb of Boutillier for some lovely views of the city.
Cap-Haïtien is the final resting place of Santa Maria, the ship Columbus sailed to Haiti. The atmosphere of the small city is more laid-back than the capital and the buildings’ style is more Spanish than in the rest of the country.
Kenscoff is of the summer resorts Haitians prefer to visit. It’s located on the South coast. Also on this coast you can find Parc Macaya, the most famous national park in Haiti.