4 Places to Visit in Haiti

shutterstock_258052271Labadee

Probably the most popular place to visit in Haiti, Labadee is a wonderful island area that features beaches with a large expanse of sand and surf. The palm trees that line the beach offer relief from the endless Haitian sun, and the beach is perfect for relaxation and sunbathing. Hammocks, beach chairs and beach huts are in abundance, and for those who like an active vacation destination, there are plenty of underwater activities to undertake—kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and even motorized watercraft.

800px-Citadelle_Laferrière_Aerial_ViewThe Citadelle Laferriere

The Citadelle, as locals call it, is the largest fort in the entire western hemisphere. It is located in a remote location, but it’s worth the journey to see it. On top of a mountaintop, the fort was built in the early 1800s as a way of defending Haiti during its early days of independence. Just be careful—there are no guardrails in place on top of the fortress walls and rooftops, and it’s a long drop from the top of the fort to the bottom of the mountain!

Jacmel

Jacmel lies on the southern coastline of Haiti. It’s a beautiful city filled with Victorian architecture. Don’t forget to visit Pac Macaya, the nearby national park. The southern coastline features many trails to walk and sights that are seldom seen by visitors. If you want to stay in the city, you can take advantage of the world class restaurants, shopping malls, and Bassin Bleus—a series of three lakes joined by a waterfall.

Petionville

Visiting the capital city of Port au Prince may be the easiest way to see Haiti—but travel to the nearby suburb of Petionville to see some of the most breathtaking architecture Haiti can offer. Petionville is a beautiful area filled with true Haitian food—upmarket, but without the tourist population.

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