Haiti is a Caribbean country and occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola. To the north lies the North Atlantic Ocean and to the south lies the Caribbean Sea. Haiti’s neighbour is the Dominican Republic. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and due to political strife it isn’t popular as a tourist destination.
Port au Prince is the capital. Haiti was the first Caribbean country to gain independence but its infrastructure is very basic. Visitors and tourists should be made aware that Haiti is regarded by many to be unsafe and dangerous; care must be taken and you should be aware of safe and unsafe areas. It is advisable to have a local as guide to help inform you and show you around.
Tourist figures in 2001 reached 141,000 and the government and tourist agencies are doing a lot to improve the situation. Haiti has many unique sites and has a rich culture to share; the island has many beautiful beaches, picturesque fishing villages and a mountains with rivers and waterfalls.
Etang Saumatre is the largest salt-water lake in Haiti and is home to many species of waterfowl, flamingos and crocodiles. Cap Haitien is a relaxing port and fishing village and has a pretty beach. The Citadelle and ruins of Sans Souci are a major attraction. Jacmel is a great area to see local handicrafts being made. Bassins Bleus is an amazing area consisting of three cobalt-blue lakes. Petite Riviere de Nippes is a very nice fishing village — friendly and relaxing. Gonova Island is a beautiful island and has long relaxing beaches and gorgeous blue sea.
There is a very good selection of accommodation ranging from guest houses to hotels. The tourist facilities are slowly developing and changing; however, prices are usually very affordable. The cuisine of Haiti is very good and offers something different. In Port au Prince you can find cafés and restaurants, especially along the Marche d’Efer.
Port-au-Prince International Airport at Port-au-Prince receives international flights from the US and Canada.