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Haiti

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile
Haiti, which was the first black republic in history, occupies the western third of Hispaniola Island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, the country has undergone wild deforestation and suffers from a chronic state of insecurity. Haiti still has interesting idiosyncrasies, such as its naive art and omnipresent voodoo rituals in daily life. You discover the Caribbean's nice beaches and mountainous landscape in a francophone atmosphere. However, holiday-makers who do wish to travel to Haiti should be aware that it is a destination reserved for the experienced.

Our Editorial team's advice

Discover the inland of the country, though considering the political and economic situation at the moment, only the bravest should go off in the spirit of discovering the liveliest island in the Antilles. Prudence is essential on the roads and towards the population. Request services from a serious guide, who will also be your intermediary. A reliable vehicle is essential.

pros

  • +French is spoken.
  • +The cultural potential linked to voodoo history and culture is huge.

cons

  • -It is a disappointing seaside destination. The beaches and tourist infrastructures do not compete with the ones on the neighbouring islands.
  • -A lot of interesting spots are hard to access, even in a 4X4.
  • -The social and economic situation is catastrophic.
  • -Riots threaten to break out at any moment.
  • -The population is very sensitive.

Food

Local food has been influenced by French and Creole cuisine. You will find grilled meat, chips, French pastries and sea food on menus in the hotel's restaurants. Creole food is served with red beans and rice. Turkey marinade, lobster in a stew or grilled, Creole chicken with spices and pork are some of Haiti's typical dishes. You will find a lot of tropical fruits, good coffee and rum.

Souvenirs

You will find many naive and colourful paintings. Sculptures and statuettes are inspired by African and voodoo art. Leather work is prevalent. You can also bring back cigars from Cuba, jewellery, basketry items and canvases. Shops are open from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, and from 13:00 pm to 16:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
Saturdays, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.