We are here in Haiti relaxing in our beautiful tropical bungalow. Although we are Haitians, we would like to share the beauty of our country with people of Haitian descent living abroad who have never gone to Haiti as wells as international tourists. We want to let you know that Haiti is slowly changing. The country is getting better and has lots to offer. If you have never been to Haiti, we recommend going with an organized tour.
Most people and also most Haitians are not aware of how rich the so-called poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is. Haiti has close to 50 islands! Some of them are bigger than most countries in the Caribbean!
Tortuga is a Caribbean island that forms part of Haiti, off the northwest coast. The island covers an area of 69 mi². In the 17th century, it was a major center of Caribbean piracy. It is the most recognized island of Haiti. Tortuga is featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies andthe Black Swan.
Pointe-Ouest beach on Tortuga made the cover of the Condé Nast Traveler of November 1996 for 10 Nicest Beaches in the Caribbean. Tortuga is one of the last places in the world with unspoiled beaches, no buildings, no roads, and no excursion boats. Many deep sea explorers have tried to find pirate treasures near Tortuga.
Spanish: Isla Vaca, English: Cow Island is a small island lying off the south-west peninsula of Haiti near the town of Les Cayes. It is about 8 miles long, 2 miles wide. The western end of the island is 490 feet high and rolling with several small swamps in the valleys; while the eastern section is swampy, and has a blue lagoon with one of the largest mangrove forests in Haiti. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in Haiti and it has some of the best island scenery in the Caribbean. There are two major tourist resorts on the island: Port Morgan and Abaka Bay. There is a bed and breakfast (Suites La Colline), a beach house hotel (L'anse a l'eau), and a bungalow rental (Bungalows La Plage).There are plans to further develop the island for both general and eco-tourism.
What to do on Ile a Vache:
scuba dive, rent a boat, Madame Bernard market, Anse Dufour Beach, La Kay du Pecheur (seafood restaurant), Port Morgan Marina.
Gonave Island is an island of Haiti located to the west-northwest of Port-au-Prince. It is Haiti's largest island (37 miles long and 9 miles wide). La Gonave is bigger than Aruba, Barbados, Grenada , St. Lucia, and the US Virgin Islands.
What to do on La Gonave:
the island is one of the best place to dive in the world. We recommend Marina Blue marinabluehaiti.com offers PADI scuba diving, snorkeling excursions, Fishing Charters , and PADI certified courses. Diving sites include: Cotes Des Arcadins, Troufonban, Anse a Pirogue, La Gonave and Saint Marc.
The Cayemites are a pair of islands located in the Gulf of La Gonave off the coast of southwest Haiti. The two islands, known individually as Grande Cayemite and Petite Cayemite, are a combined (17 sq mi) in area. The white sand beaches are granular and spectacular. There are no paved roads. You will either travel by foot, dunkey, horse or off the road vehicles. You may find Polaris ATVs for rent. The locals of Grand and Petite Cayemite rely on farming. Main crops are sugarcane, nuts, cassava, and citrus fruits.
French: La Navasse, Creole: Lanavaz is a small island (2 sq mi) belonging to Haiti under its 1801 Constitution and the 1697 Treaty of Rijswijk, in which Spain gave up sovereignty over Haiti and the its adjoining islands to France. Only a handful of Haitian fishermen live on Navassa. The U.S. seized the island in 1857 because it is rich in guano (the excrement of seabirds and bats, used as fertilizer).
Labadee (Labadie)is a port in Northern Haiti. Although not quite an island, Labadee peninsula is a beautiful private resort leased by Royal Caribbean International (RCI) for its cruise ships. Royal Caribbean International has contributed the largest proportion of tourist revenue to Haiti since 1986. The resort is completely tourist-oriented and safe as there is a personal security force.
What to Do in Labadee:
*Dragon's Breath Flight Line, the world's longest zip line over water
*Dragon’s Splash Waterslide
*Dragon's Tail Coaster
*Rent a luxury Sea View Cabana
*Arawak Aqua Park
*Wave Jet personal watercraft
*Haitian shops: handmade local artwork
Near the Royal Caribbean private resort, there are independent hotels such as Marquis Paradise, Cormier, Norm's Place, Imperial, Henri Christophe, Auberge Villa Cana, Mont Joli, Habitation Jouissant, Picolet, Lauriers, Beau Rivage, Metro Residences, Le Marien (In Fort-Liberté near the Dominican Republic border)
The closest city to Labadee is Cap-Haïtien which is the second most important city in Haiti. Cap-Haitien is also the main historical and touristic city of the country. Cap-Haïtien was founded in 1670 by the French settler Bertrand d'Ogeron de La Bouëre. Cap-Haïtien is not overpopulated like the capital Port-au-Prince. The population is about 350,000. In this historical city you will find the Cathedrale Notre Dame, Heros de Vertieres, Paradis Cove, The Citadelle and Sans Souci palaces.
Ca Vilason, Amiga, Grand Caye, Petite Caye, Ilet Boyer, L'Ellet, Pointe Figuier, Caye Ramier, Bayau, Simple Plaisir, Grand Goave, Nippes Islands, Baraderes Islands, Pestel, Grand Anse Islands, Ilet des Irois, Baie des Cayemites Islands, and dozens more breathtaking islands...
During a Haiti tour, rest assure you will be provided with the best service from airfare, hotel transfer, meals, excursions, activities and security.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average weather in Haiti?
The climate is overall tropical but the mountains are cooler. Average temperatures from January thru June 23° C (73° F ) to 31° C (88° F ). July thru December 25–35° C (77–95° F ). There are two rainy seasons, April-June and October–November.
How Do I Get There?
A reputable tour will make all arrangements on your behalf. By plane: Hugo Chávez International Airport (CAP) and Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) are the two main entry points for most visitors, located in the north and west. The main airlines serving Haiti are American, JetBlue, Spirit, United and Haiti's own Sunrise Airways. To get to your hotel, we recommend a tour operator or a certified airport taxi. By bus: Caribe Tours, Capital Coach Line, and Terra Bus offer buses from Haiti to the Dominican Republic. One-way tickets with border fees cost around 4,100 HTG. It is not possible to cross the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic with rental vehicles. Private motor vehicles must obtain permission from the country of origin.
Is Haiti part of Latin America?
Yes. Haiti is a Latin American Country. Latin America is a region of the Americas where Romance Languages (derived from Latin) are spoken (Spanish, Portuguese, French) which makes Haiti part of the Latin American family.
Do I need a passport to visit Haiti?
Yes, even if you entering from the Dominican Republic or Cuba. Dominicans and Cubans also need a passport. Pass 90 days, you will need a visa.
What is the currency in Haiti?
The Gourde (HTG) is the Haitian currency. Approximately 63 Gourdes = 1 US dollar. All foreign currencies can be exchanged at all banks. Most establishments accept credit cards and travelers checks.
When is the best time to visit Haiti?
Haiti is a year-round destination. The best bargains on hotels and attractions are during the summer months.
How can I stay in touch with news, work and friends and family back home?
Radio, TV, Internet cafes, or your hotel, rent a mobile phone, switch the SIM card or your phone might work depending on your provider but beware of roaming charges.
Can I drive in Haiti?
You have to drive on the right side of the road. A valid foreign license is accepted.
Emergency Numbers in Haiti
Ambulance: 118 Police: 114.
Visa or Lost Passport
Contact your embassy or consulate. We suggest carrying a photocopy of your passport, copy of your airline ticket, driver's license, and birth certificate. Put them in a safe place. You will need $200-300, a Passport Photo, a Police Report from a Haitian police department, DS-11 Application for Passport, and DS-64 Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport . Most embassies and consulates are not opened on the weekends, so it may take 2-4 days to replace your passport to go back home. We also suggest that you have money for your return flight if you missed your flight. When you travel it is good to have an extra $1000 to $2500 in case of emergencies. That is why it is best to go on a tour as they will be able to back you up just in case.
US Embassy Contact: 41 Route de Tabarre Port-au-Prince, Haiti Phone: 011-509-2229-8000
Do I need to bring an adapter for my electronics?
Standard 120-volt current is used in Haiti. No adapters are required.
Are there health facilities in Haiti?
There are clinics and pharmacies in all of Haiti's 10 departments. Medical evacuation services are available. The United States is currently investing 90 million dollars in a new general hospital in Port-au-Prince. Partners in Health opened up a new modern 300 bed university hospital in Mirebalais.
What language is spoken in Haiti?
French and Creole are the official languages. English is spoken in tourists areas. Spanish is also spoken at the border. Only 10-20% of the population speak French fluently due to lack of access to education for most poor Haitians. There have been efforts to encourage France to invest in Haiti's education. It is possible to study French in Haiti through the French Institute or private programs. Check out goabroad.com or languagebooking.com. Also, it is possible to find jobs in Haiti teaching English, French and Spanish.
What is the time zone?
How to call Haiti?
US to Haiti landlines international dialing format: 011 + 509 + 2??? ???? Calls to a cell phone: 011 + 509 +3??? ???? (or 4??? ????)
Do you I need shots to go to Haiti?
If you want to be on the safe side we suggest Hepatitis A and B, Tdap, Typhoid, Influenza, Malaria, Rabies, Varicella, MMR, Pneumonia. The suggestions do not only apply to Haiti but to all foreign travel.
How careful do I need to be in Haiti?
The main issue with Haiti is the absence of infrastructure (lack of electricity, sewer system, roads, sanitation). Therefore, don't expect luxury (aside from the resorts). Be prepared to encounter poverty. Tourists are frequently asked for money. Do not travel with anything expensive like a Rolex watch. Travelers should carry money, credit cards, passports, and similar items in a money belt hidden under their clothing. We recommend a tour for first time visitors to Haiti. But if you if you insist in making the trip on your own, book a hotel with a safe. Make a copy of your passport and driver's license. It is best to use a taxi recommended by your hotel or resort.
If you want to experience local/peasant life when using the Tap-Tap (jitney), keep your eye on your luggage. Remember that automobiles have the right of way, not pedestrians. Do not trust a red traffic light, it is just a suggestion to stop in Haiti. Do not trust a pedestrian crossing as well. Look both ways as cars may drive in a one-way towards you. Be careful when you walk. There are holes and open sewers in many places. You will encounter a lot of rocks, debris and gravel on the ground. Wear comfortable sneakers with strong grip. No flat soles!
Only drink bottled water. Make sure ice is from bottled water. Make sure food is fully cooked. Avoid unpeeled raw produce. Wash your hands frequently and bring hand sanitizer. When visiting another country, it is always best to have international health insurance. All respectable hotels in Haiti treats and purifies their water.
Why is Haiti so poor?
This is a long and complex debate but we will try to be brief.
Haiti is actually very rich in natural resources (oil, gold, uranium ect...) worth hundreds of billions of dollars. The land is capable of producing exotic tropical fruits and vegetables. Haiti is the most mountainous country in the Caribbean which can make it again number one in coffee producing. The beaches are as beautiful as of any other Caribbean country. Haiti's soil is very rich but the country lacks infrastructure and 80% of the people are very poor.
It started with the Haitian Revolution whereby Haiti made a mistake to pay France the equivalent of today's 30 billion dollars to be recognized as being a free country. Haiti finished paying France in the 1950's. The 30 billions could have been used to construct the country's infrastructure. Because of those payments to France, Haiti never had any money to build a nation.
Then came the United States invasion in 1915 whereby Haiti's gold reserve and other expensive items was stolen. The gold was turned over to First National City Bank which later on became City Bank.
In addition, being the first black republic and the only country where African slaves were free, for some time Haiti was not allowed to trade with other countries. Haiti was essentially ostracized.
Aside from the external problems, Haiti had internal issues dealing with political turmoil, brain drain, lack of education, lack of unity and corruption from many of its own leaders.
For a long time, the country was closed to international investors. However, Haiti has been opened for business for almost a decade now. The best way for Haiti to prosper is to feed itself through agriculture, tourism and forming strong partnerships with international investors.
Why the Dominican Republic and other islands in the Caribbean doing better than Haiti?
Dominican Republic and other islands in the Caribbean did not go through the same challenges Haiti faced as the First Black Republic. Most of the infrastructure of the islands in the Caribbean were built by the colonists on the backs of the slaves whom provided free labor. Haiti got its independence early and did not have the money to build its infrastructure. Refer back to the previous question "Why Haiti is so Poor?". In addition, the DR and other islands in the Caribbean opened up their countries to international investors 60 years ago as opposed to Haiti who just did it less than 10 years ago.
Why Haiti and the Dominican Republic do not get along?
Another long and complex debate but yet again we will try to be brief.
Nowadays, mostly due to the illegal migration of Haitians into the Dominican Republic along with racial, cultural and language differences. For example, Dominicans refer to the mother land as Spain. Haitians refer to the mother land as Africa. However both countries share the same Taino background. Also it is important to note that Dominicans have a legitimate complaint in regards to employment. Haitians work for less and therefore take away Dominican jobs. As Haiti creates more jobs for its people and less illegals go to DR, we believe the relationship between the two countries will improve. There are and have been mass deportations of Haitians, violence and murders. The Haiti vs Dominican Republic relationship is tense. But it is important to mention that the first country before the United States to help Haiti after the 2010 earthquake was the Dominican Republic. And, we know for a fact that if any natural catastrophe would occur in the Dominican Republic, Haitians will help. There are approximately half a million Haitians living in the Dominican Republic and 20,000-50,000 Dominicans living and doing business in Haiti. The total population of Haiti is about 10 million and the Dominican Republic is about 12 million.
Historically, during the Haitian Revolution era, Haiti freed the African slaves of the Dominican Republic and ended up occupying the Dominican Republic for close to 50 years unofficially and 25 years officially. A lot of Dominican land was given to Haitian generals and many white Spaniards were killed in the process. The Haitians believed the targeted white Spaniards wanted to re-enslave the blacks. Fast forward 80 years later, in 1937 Dictator Rafael Trujillo who was part Haitian himself ordered a massacre of 20,000 Haitians at the border. He believed Haitians were coming in deeper and deeper into Dominican territory. Another issue of great conflict was the mistreatment and violence against Haitian batey workers. Those historical events caused tension between Haitians and Dominicans.
Why are hotels so expensive in Haiti?
You can find budget hotels or motels for under $50 per night. The larger hotels will be more than $100 per night due to the lack of electricity and water/sewer system infrastructure of the country. Therefore, all hotels run on generators and have to have water delivered which is very expensive. If Haiti can figure out a way to contract or partner with a foreign entity or company to electrify the country and to provide a water/sewer system, the price of the hotels will go down.
What is the main religion in Haiti?
Roman Catholicism is the official religion of Haiti, but voodoo may be considered the country's national religion. The majority of Haitians believe in good and evil. Most Haitian Christians, strongly oppose voodoo. As more and more evangelical groups come to Haiti, Haitians are becoming more and more Christians. For example, Haiti For Christ has been doing wonderful work in Haiti. Check out haitiforchrist.net
Haiti for Christ also produces the number one television show in Haiti, La Bonne Nouvelle, bringing the good news of Christ to Haitians both in Haiti and around the world.
What kind of Wildlife is found in Haiti?
Coral reefs, flora, fauna, birds, hispaniolan trogon (national bird), parakeet, haitian solenodon, iguanas, crocodiles, caimans, snakes, frogs, haitian tarantula spider, poisonous centerpede, banana spider, bats, wild boars, dolphins, poisonous plants (popular: "ackee" and "garden huckleberry"), crab, lobster, shrimp, chicken, cows, pigs, goats...
There are dozens of aspects to pay attention to, while organizing a trip, and all reputable tour operators will make sure your tour includes meals.
The only cruises visiting Haiti are Royal Caribbean and Liberty Cruise Lines. There is only one location they stop at in Haiti and it is Labadee. The main departure ports are Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral, Cape Liberty, and Baltimore. There are plans for other cruise lines to partner with Haiti. Namely, Carnival Cruise Lines at Tortuga Island. However, if you cruise to Haiti, you do not get to experience the real Haiti. It is on a private resort which is beautiful but you will not be able to mingle with the people.
The best of course is "G Adventures". But there are others such as Agence Citadelle, Chatelain Tour, Voyages Lumière Tour Agency, Beyond Travel...
Where to Stay
Abaka Bay, Port-Morgan, Le Plaza, El Rancho, Cyvadier, Kinam, Kabic Beach Club, Moulin Sur Mer, Wahoo Bay Beach, Kaliko, Xaragua, Cap Lamandou, Auberge du Quebec, Monte Cristo, Ibo Lele, Marriott, Best Western, Royal Oasis, Servotel, Hotel Karibe, Decameron, Habitation Hatt, Allamanda, La Lorraine, La Pepiniere, Seven Stars, Paco Breeze, Villa Therese, La Reserve, La Maison, Executive, Visa Lodge, Prince, Elite, Corail, Oloffson, Tropical, Kemael, Residences Talou, Maxime, PC Enterprises, Imperial, La Cayenna, Estinfil, Florita, Mango, Paradis, Montana, Le Marien, Mont Joli, Villa Cana, Marquis Paradise (Labadee), Las Cahobas Hotel, and much more.
Where to Eat
Everywhere! Haiti has the best food in the entire Caribbean. We are not just saying that. It is true. The best food and the best art! What is great (so far) about Haiti is that there are not too many fast food chains like McDonalds. Check out Observatoire (mountain top restaurant with a view), Quartier Latin, Le Michel, Kokoye, La Table de Caius, Coin Vert, Kay Atizan, Le Vert d'Or, View, Auberge du Picolet, La Plantation, Au Coin des Artistes, Le Reserve, 5 Coins, Muncheez (Pizza), Ocean Grill (Seafood), Pen Dore (Burgers), Magdoos (Lebanese, Middle Eastern), Portofino (Italian), Haiku (Japanese, Sushi), Smokey's (BBQ, Steakhouse, Thai), Aztec (Mexican), Kingston 18 (Jamaican), China Wok (Chinese)
Avis, Hertz, Budget, SECOM, Asus, RHT, Sourire...
CitiBank, Capital Bank, UniBank, SogeBank, Haiti National Bank, UniBank, Banque Nationale de Paris, Scotia Bank, Banque Nationale de Credit (BNC). Most of the banks are heavily guarded. You will find ATM machines mostly at banks, gas stations, some hotels, and grocery stores. We suggest going to a bank or your hotel ATM to withdraw money. Use common sense and caution. Look around you. It is best to use cash in a foreign country as much as possible. Do not use your card at a gas station, restaurant or unknown vendor.
Haiti is the richest country in the Caribbean when it comes to historical sites and museums. Christopher Columbus's Santa Maria's anchor is at Haiti's national museum "Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien". Some places in Haiti will make you feel like you have stepped back into the 15th century. Haiti was home to famous pirates. Haiti has many forts and palaces built by ex-slaves. Fort Liberte, Fort Alexandre, Fort Saint Jacques, La Citadelle La Ferrière, Sans Souci's Palace, Le Site des Ramiers etc…Please visit the following site to see some historical locations: mappinghaitianhistory.com
Bars and nightclubs come and go but the ones that have been there for a long time is Saxo, Asu, Esquina Latina. Popular Haitian bands are Tabou Combo, System Band, RAM, T-Vice, Carimi, Nu-Look. Haiti's nightlife needs improvement. The lack of infrastructure, especially electricity is a major obstacle. In addition, the lack of security and tourist police (Politour) prevents people from staying out all night long.
Ends on the Tuesday of Mardi-Gras varies from year to year. Carnival is always between February 3rd and March 9th. Visit: www.plezikanaval.com
*Haiti International Jazz Festival: www.papjazzhaiti.org
*Haiti International Food & Spirits Festival: goutetsaveurlakay.com
*The International Voodoo (Vodou) Festival: www.2camels.com/vodou-festival.php
*Haiti Film Festival: www.haiticulturalx.org
*Haiti Art & Culture Festival: www.raratoulimen.com/rasanble-haitian-arts--culture-festival.html
*Haiti Local Artists Expo at Sugar Cane Park
*Haiti Coffee Expo
Theater and Cinemas
Popular theater and shows in Haiti are: Resurrection Dance of Haiti - Haiti Land of Fire - Centre D'Art - National Theatre.
At this particular time, Haiti only has 2 operating small casinos, El Rancho and Four Aces. However, with new tourism projects underway, there will be much more in the near future.
For historical tours, eco-tours, hikes, horseback riding and island tours it is best to hire a tour company.
Top Places: Marché de Fer: This flea market you will find artwork, iron work, and voodoo dolls. Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien : Haiti's national museum. Étang Saumâtre: Largest lake in Haiti along the border of the Dominican Republic. Barbancourt Rum Distillery : Haiti's oldest and most famous export as it is the #1 rum in the world. Fort Jacques: Haiti's National Park nestled in a pine forest offers great views of Haiti from up in the mountains. Sans-Souci Palace: was the royal residence of King Henri I It was the most important of nine palaces built by the king, as well as fifteen châteaux, numerous forts, and sprawling summer homes on his twenty plantations. The Citadel: is one of the largest fortresses in the Americas and was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along the nearby Sans-Souci Palace. The mountaintop fortress has itself become an icon of Haiti. The Citadel was built by King Henri Christophe, a key leader during the Haitian slave rebellion.
Golf and Tennis
Only the Petionville Club offers 9 hole golf and tennis.
Famous tennis Haitian players: Ronald Agenor, Victoria Duval and Naomi Osaka.
Basketball is not popular in Haiti. There are some outdoor basketball courts throughout the country and at some resorts. Blake Griffin, Samuel Dalembert, Yvon Joseph, Olden Polynice, Mario Elie, and Quincy Douby are some of the famous Haitian NBA players.
Baseball is not popular in Haiti. The Haitians or Haitian descent players from the MLB were either born, lived and played in the Dominican Republic (e.g., Sammy Sosa, Miguel Sano, Felix Pie, Orlando Calixte).
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There are a few gifted athletes who have participated in the Olympics but the funding for sports in general is very poor in Haiti.
is the most popular sport in Haiti. Haiti has one of the longest football traditions in the Caribbean and was an early participant in World Cup qualifying throughout the 60s, and 70s. Haiti's is considered the third strongest team in CONCACAF after Mexico. The island nation has produced many talented star players over the years.
There are independent fitness clubs. There are gyms in some hotels, resorts, and some schools.
Haiti National Sport
Cock fighting is considered the national sport. The roosters are given raw meet and hot peppers soaked in rum to make them tough and aggressive. Winnings average $100.
Pointe-Ouest (Tortuga), Point Break (Jacmel), Cormier, Bay of Acul, Jeremie, Labadee, Kaliko, Cayemites, Kyona, Cyvadier, Port-Salut, La Gonave.
There are many sporting events around Haiti year round. A popular competition is the International Mountain Bike Competition: http://mtbayiti.org
It is possible and very easy to get married in Haiti. You will need birth certificates of each party, proof of divorce or death of spouse and a blood test
Meetings and Conferences
Most hotels and resorts have conference rooms available for rental. If you prefer a venue, it is best to contact a destination management company or event planner.
Pointe-Ouest (Tortuga), Point Break (Jacmel), Cormier, Bay of Acul, Jeremie, Labadee, Kaliko, O'Boy, Cayemites, Kyona, Cyvadier, Port-Salut, La Gonave.
Diving and Surfing
At Amani, you can descend the famous Zombie Hole, a 450 footdeep hole. Reefs in Haiti are largely undamaged and disease free. Giant anemones and sponges are common. Dive sites located in the channel formed by the barrier island of Gonave have very diverse and healthy eco-systems. Diving, Snorkeling, Jet Ski, Daily Sails, Wave Runners (Labadee), Surfing (Point Break, Jacmel), Kite Surfing (Tortuga), Sports Fishing. For all water activities in Haiti, we suggest a tour operator (e.g., Pegasus Exploration) or the resort you will be staying at will have more info. For example, Kaliko Beach Resort is a great place for diving, snorkeling and jet skiing.
Haiti does not have any malls. This is a good thing for small businesses. Marché de Fer and Village Artistique de Noailles are the two largest open air markets in the country. There is also a department store called Delmas 2000 which sells toys, appliances, and home decor.
You will find a lot small privately owned corner stores. There are no Wal-Marts in Haiti which we think is a good thing for small businesses. Giant Supermarket and The Caribbean Supermarket are the two largest grocery stores.
No need to go to a specialty gift store. The Haitian people are very creative and gifted artistically. You will find painters, sculptors and other artists selling their art works in the streets, the open air markets and on the beaches. Please purchase from them because you will help them feed their families.
Travel Insurance and Medical Evacuation
Haiti Air Ambulance (HAA) provides emergency helicopter services to the people of Haiti. HAA flies critically ill or injured patients to emergency medical care providers throughout the country.
For travel insurance, we recommend AIG Travel Guard. They charge approximately $40. They offer: Trip interruption coverage – at least $1,000 Medical coverage – at least $50,000 Evacuation coverage – at least $200,000 AD&D – at least $50,000.
Travel Alerts for Haiti
Unfortunately, Haiti is one of those countries that is often on travel watch. Missionaries and humanitarian workers always travel to Haiti. Over the years, most of them were safe. It is important to note that they went to Haiti with an organized group. For first timers, we do recommend to go to Haiti with a tour. As it will be a complete experience whereby you will make lifetime friends. Other options, Royal Caribbean Labadee Cruise. There are also all-inclusive resorts such as Royal Decameron, Kaliko, Wahoo Bay, Moulin Sur Mer, Abaka Bay, Port Morgan, Cormier Beach Resort.
Retire in Haiti
It is possible to retire in Haiti. The two main concerns are security and healthcare. If money is no object, we suggest residencestalou.com, residencessommetportsalut.com, or galatower.com. It is possible to live in Haiti on a budget for $500 to $700 per month. If you want luxury and want to live like a king or queen with 24X7 electricity, water, internet, international cable, insurance, a driver, a maid, a personal chef, and a masseur/masseuse, you can expect to shell out $2,000 to $10,000 per month.
Most Haiti tours and excursions at this time are available at really affordable prices so you will not have to worry about spending more than necessary.
History and Historical Achievements
1492-- The discovery of the Americas by the Europeans happened in Haiti. Christopher Columbus landed near today's city of Cap-Haitien and claimed the island for Spain, naming it Hispaniola. When Columbus and his crew arrived he found the island populated with 3 million Tainos. The Tainos called the island Ayiti (Haiti) which means in Taino language “land of high mountains”. Therefore, the name Haiti refers to the entire island (Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
1474-1503 Queen Anacaona was born in Leogane, Haiti. She was a Taino Chief. She led a revolt against Spanish rule. The revolt failed and was executed at 29 years old. She remains an icon in Haitian history.
1503-- The first Africans were brought to Hispaniola for labor. The African slaves co-habitated with the Tainos who were enslaved as well.
1592-- the end of the Taino kingdom in Haiti.
1625-- The French settled Tortuga island and northwestern Hispaniola, naming their colony Saint-Domingue.
1670-- France increased the number of slaves to be brought in from Africa. In total France brought in roughly 400,000 African slaves as opposed to 100,000 from Spain on the Santo Domingo side.
1697-- Spain signed the Treaty of Ryswick, under whose terms she ceded the western third of Hispaniola and its satellite islands to France.
1751-- Slave rebellions in northern Saint-Domingue, led by Francois Mackandal. Conditions for the slaves were atrocious; the average life expectancy was 21 years. Some slaves said that there would not have been a revolution if the slave masters did not tortured us, killed us, raped our women, plucked our eyes out, cut our hands and feet off with machetes, whipped us till our flesh fell off (including our children), burned us alive, poured honey on our heads and buried us up to the neck and waited for ants to eat our faces, put us in barrels and pushed us over a hill, hung us and branded us like animals. Our skin color is beautiful like God made us. Why did the slave masters believed we are ugly and inferior.
1778-- Volunteer Haitian slaves soldiers, led by French admiral Count d'Estaing, left for Savannah, Georgia to fight against the British in the American Revolutionary War.
1791-- Haitian Revolution: Dutty Boukman held a Vodou ceremony in Bois-Caiman where hundreds of slaves vowed to die for liberty.
1791--An army of slaves defeated the Europeans.
1791--Thousands of Haitians fled to New Orleans during the revolution.
1791--Slave owing countries such as the United States, Brazil, all of the Caribbean, parts of Central and South America ran by France, Spain, England, Portugal and the Netherlands began to worry that Haiti is setting a bad example.
1801-- The leader of Haiti Toussaint Louverture invaded the eastern part of Hispaniola, defeated the Spaniards and captured Santo Domingo, declaring freedom for all of Santo Domingo slaves. At that time thousands of Haitians started the migration to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and blended with the Dominican community.
1802-- In an effort to claim back Haiti and gain the Dominican Republic, A French expeditionary force, sent by Napoleon Bonaparte landed in Samana (today Dominican Republic) and Cap-Francais, Haiti.
1803-- From an American point of view, the most vital intersection of Haitian and American history is at the point of the Louisiana Purchase (Louisiana and 14 other states): Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. In other words, France gave up its territories in the United States in order to concentrate its forces to get back Haiti. However, the fierce battle between France and Haiti took up much of France’s needed resources to hold on to the Louisiana territories. Napoleon Bonaparte's decision to sell the Louisiana Territory to the United States doubled the size of the young country and secured the much sought-after port of New Orleans, expanding trade for states bordering the Mississippi. The role Haiti played in the history of the United States has seldom been fully appreciated.
1803-- Under Haitian commanders Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Alexandre Pétion defeated the French and the Haitians remained in control of the entire island Including the Dominican Republic.
1804-- Haiti declares its independence.
1804--No slave owning countries wanted to trade with Haiti which they termed the “negro republic”.
1815--Hundreds of slaves from Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos fled to Haiti in search of freedom.
1815-- Simon Bolivar of Venezuela twice fled to Haiti, and on each occasion the Haitian government re-supplied and re-armed him.
1817-- with the help of Haitian soldiers (on the condition that he abolish slavery), Bolívar landed in Venezuela and captured Angostura (Spain‘s stronghold in Grand Columbia). He then went on to defeat Spain and claim Grand Colombia which is today Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador and Peru. Bolivar wrote of Haiti: "I then cast my eyes over the endless coastline of Colombia, threatened by the fleets of every nation, by the Europeans whose colonies surround us, and by the Africans of Haiti whose strength is mightier than primeval fire."
1822-- Haiti President Boyer arrives in Santo Domingo and formally declares control over the entire island of Hispaniola as Ayiti (Haiti). President Boyer award Dominican land to the Haitian military.
1825-- France conditionally recognizes the independence of Haiti and imposes an illegal 150 million Franc indemnity on the Haitian government (illegal under French constitution) under the threat that the entire French squadron and possibly other European forces will continue to wage war upon Haiti. Haiti agrees to pay to avoid more wars. Later on the sum was reduced to 90 million (today 30 billion U.S. dollars). It took Haiti more than 125 years to pay that sum. The debt devastated the Haitian economy.
1844-- The Dominican Republic declares its independence from Haiti.
1857-- The United States seizes Haiti’s Navassa island.
1862-- The United States recognizes Haiti.
1875-- Haiti President Domingue signs a peace treaty with the Dominican Republic.
1889-- Frederick Douglass becomes American minister resident and consul-general in the of Haiti.
1890--Arab migration to Haiti. Primarily Lebanese and Syrians.
1915-- The United States Marines invade and occupies Haiti.
1916-- The United States Marines invade and occupies the Dominican Republic.
1919-- Charlemagne Peralte, leader of the resistance against the U.S. occupation is assassinated.
1920-- Haitians began to fled to Canada due to the U.S. brutal occupation.
1934-- The U.S. agree to end Haiti’s occupation.
1937-- Rafael Trujillo - President of the Dominican Republic who is part Haitian gave the order to kill up to 20,000 black Haitians including children at the border on the Dominican side (Parsley Massacre). Sténio Joseph Vincent was President of Haiti at the time. As reports of the slaughter swiftly reached Port-au-Prince, Vincent restricted local press coverage, worrying that it would inflame tensions between the two countries. Vincent was a friend of Trujillo. The Haitian military wanted to re-invade the Dominican Republic as a response to the massacre but Vincent strongly opposed them. As a result Vincent eventually lost the presidency.
1937--Haiti was responsible for saving about 300 Jews during the Holocaust by issuing passports and visas to Jews escaping Nazi persecution.
1948--During the Arab-Israeli war Haiti receives Palestinian refugees.
1949-- The World’s Fair held in Haiti. The bicentennial of Port-au-Prince’s founding is celebrated.
1950-1956 Haiti becomes a popular tourist destination under President Magloire. As Hollywood and European celebrities vacation yearly in Haiti. This was Haiti’s best tourism time.
1957-- Dr. Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier is elected president of Haiti and declares himself president for life.
1961-- Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated.
1965-- The United States once again invade and occupies the Dominican Republic.
1970-- Thousands of Haitians began to flee poverty in Haiti by boat, often arriving in south Florida.
1971-- President for Life François Duvalier dies. Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier succeeds his father.
1986--President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haiti.
1991--Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a priest turned politician well known throughout the country for his support of the poor, is elected President with 67.5%. A military coup deposes Aristide.
1994--The U.S. re-instate Aristide back to power.
1995--Aristide dissolves the Haitian army.
1996--Aristide leaves office and is succeeded by Rene Garcia Preval.
2001--Aristide succeeds Préval for a second five-year term.
2004--Aristide leaves Haiti aboard a U.S. military aircraft to South Africa.
2004--The Haitian government invites the UN to assist in military and police protection.
2006--Rene Garcia Preval is elected president for the second time and during his second mandate Preval attracted foreign investments.
2009--Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is appointed U.N. special envoy to Haiti. He is tasked with reinvigorating the country's economy.
2010--A major earthquake kills over 230,000 leaving about 1.5 million people homeless. The international community responded quickly by sending money, food, supplies and medical help to Haiti. The first country to help Haiti was the Dominican Republic.
2010-2012--The international community sent close to 13 billion dollars for the reconstruction of Haiti of which a small percentage was disbursed. The United States, France and Canada were the highest donors.
2012--The Dominican Republic built a university for Haiti which was inaugurated on January 12, 2012. The ultra modern "University Roi Henri Christophe" offered by the Government and business sectors of the Dominican Republic, at a cost estimated at $30 million USD.
2015--Most of the earthquake homeless people were out the temporary tents. Most of the earthquake clean-up was completed. Some reconstruction started.
2011--Michel Joseph Martelly, a popular Haitian singer and performer turned politician becomes the new president of Haiti. Martelly highest achievement was in the tourism sector and attracting foreign investments.
2016--Acting president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, accountant, bureaucrat and politician. His highest achievement is that he tried to provide electricity to all of Haiti.
2016--The UN prepares to leave Haiti.
2017--Ex Haitian President Rene Preval died.
2017--Jovenel Moise a farmer and businessman is elected president of Haiti.
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Patricia Schutt-Ainé; Staff of Librairie Au Service de la Culture (1994). Haiti: A Basic Reference Book. Miami, Florida: Librairie Au Service de la Culture
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