Haiti is a country in the Caribbean, a former French colony with a population of over 10 million people who are majorly Christians. The official language is French and Haitian Creole.
The capital and commercial centre, Port-au-Prince, has The Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien, a museum which honours the nation’s history and its heroes and a famous Iron Market (Marche en Fer), a major landmark in the city.
Haitian culture has African and European influences with music at the centre. The Krik? Krak! and Rara music festival are important cultural events. Other festivities that reflect Haitian history and heritage are:
- New year/Independence day
- Ancestry day
- Dessalines day, in honour of Jean Jacques Dessalines
Haiti has a warm weather all year round, with two seasons; wet (April – October) and dry (November to March). The hurricane season in the Caribbean is generally June – September, so there’s a risk of natural disasters in Haiti. There have also been cases of civil unrest in Haiti, so it’s best to take precautions and stay in resorts and hotels with security.
You can get around with the Tap Tap, a type of bus used for transportation. Minibuses are more convenient and suitable for long distances. Alternatively, you could hire a chauffeur, although more expensive, it’s a more convenient option.
The Jacmel Film festival and the Haiti Rum Festival (Festival Du Rhum) are interesting events you could attend. You could also hike the trail to the highest point in Haiti, the Pic la Selle or, jump off a cliff at the Bassin Bleu, a series of three waterfalls that are considered a must see in Haiti. Some other fascinating places are:
- Pic Macaya National Park: an over 8,000 hectare park featuring cloud forest
- Foret des Pins: a pine forest which is also home to the highest mountain, Pic la Selle
- Citadelle Laferriere: a mountain top fortress built by King Henri I, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Sans-Souci Palace: formerly the royal palace of King Henri of Haiti, the ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Saut D’eau: a beautiful waterfall which is also a religious site for voodoo believers
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Haiti
What language do they speak in Haiti?
French and Haitian Creole.
What should I take to Haiti?
Loose and lightweight clothing and a jacket for cool evenings. Insect repellents and flashlights as Haiti has electricity outages. A pair of hiking boots and beachwear are also recommended.
Is Haiti safe to travel?
There has been some level of crime and civil unrest in Haiti, however, it is a still a popular tourist destination. There are general precautions to be taken. It is generally safer to take guided tours and stay in gated resorts or hotels
What is there to do in Haiti?
There are numerous activities one can engage in Haiti, some of them are:
- Take a hike
- Relax on beautiful beaches such as Labadee
- Explore archaeological and culturally significant sites
- Jump off a cliff into the beautiful waters of Bassin Bleu
- Explore the national parks and pine forest
Can you use US money in Haiti?
Some places will take US dollar, however, it can be challenging when small items are purchased, in such cases, it is better to use the Haitian gourde for purchases.
When is the best time to visit Haiti?
The dry season, November to March. There is less rain, and you can enjoy a lot more outdoor activities and hikes.
What are the mobile network operators and internet service providers in Haiti
There are 6 mobile network operators and also quite a number of internet service providers in Haiti. You can checkout the
list of networks operators in Haiti
and also details about each of them.