The island nation of Haiti has struggled with a past that has been marred by a constant stream of political upheaval and suffered through numerous, devastating natural disasters. Despite a turbulent history, the people of Haiti seem ever-ready to rise above the turmoil and deliver themselves a better future. That future starts with a new day in tourism in Haiti.
When most travellers think of taking a holiday in the Caribbean, they think of visiting places such as St. Martin, Dominica, St. Lucia, and Martinique. Each of these destinations offers turquoise waters, powder sand beaches, and a vibrant Creole culture sure to amaze. Dig a little deeper; and you might find that Haiti has all these things to offer as well PLUS the reach culture and history.
For starters, much like many of the other nations of the Caribbean language barriers should not be an issue. French and Haitian Creole are the native languages of the island, but English and Spanish are widely spoken as well. Whether you are visiting from the United States, mainland Europe, or elsewhere in the Caribbean, communication with the local populace is a breeze.
Getting to Haiti is significantly easier than some of its more exotic counterparts in the region as well. For example, Delta Airlines offers daily round trip service to Haiti from New York City’s JFK International. Americans can easily reach Haiti on non-stop and one-stop flights, while Europeans travelling through JFK or Miami have the luxury of reaching Haiti with one easy stop.
If You Love Adventure, Haiti is Your Holiday Destination
A trip to Haiti is more about disconnecting from the modern world and enjoying unspoiled natural beauty. Most hotels won’t pamper you, but the accommodations are safe and clean. During the day you can take in the splendor of Citadelle Laferriere, a massive fortress on the cliffs of Sans-Souci, in the town of Cap-Haitien. By night, you can enjoy the finest in Creole cooking with local favorites such as rice with djon djon mushrooms, marinated pork, and seafood gumbo.
If you do want more luxury, then there are several hotel in Port-au-Prince that will most likely to satisfy you – Best Western Premier, Royal Oasis and NH Haití El Rancho & Casino.
As you sit and plan that next Caribbean vacation, consider travelling a different path and taking in the food, culture, and history of Haiti. Bring your taste buds and your sense of adventure, and you’ll get the most Haiti has to offer.