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Weather in Haiti

The climate is tropical, with some variation depending on altitude. Port-au-Prince temperature ranges in January from an average minimum of 23° C (73° F ) to an average maximum of 31° C (88° F ); in July, from 25–35° C (77–95° F ). The rainfall pattern is varied, with rain heavier in some of the lowlands and on the northern and eastern slopes of the mountains. There are two rainy seasons, April–June and October–November.


How Do I Get There?

Air Travel:

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Traveling between Haiti and the Dominican Republic:

By Air: Tortug'Air, Air Caraibes.
By Bus: Capital Coach Lines, Terra Bus or Caribe Tours (but there are excellent other companies).

It is not possible to cross the border between countries with rental vehicles. Private motor vehicles must obtain special government permission from the country of origin.

Cruises

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.

Travel Tours:

Recommended: Agence Citadelle - Chatelain Tour -Voyages Lumière Tour Agency - Beyond Travel (but there are excellent other companies and can be found in a business directory).

Where to Stay

Recommended: Abaka Bay, Port-Morgan, Le Plaza, El Rancho, Kaliko, Hotel Karibe (but there are excellent other accomodations and can be found in a directory). You can also check our Expedia Hotel Search.

Car Rental

Recommended: Avis Haiti, SECOM (but there are excellent other companies and can be found in a directory).

Banks /ATM

Check a directory page for more info on tours, hotels, resorts, car rental and banking facilities.

What To Do?

Historical Sites

Haiti is the richest country in the Caribbean when it comes to historical sites and museums. 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: http://www.mappinghaitianhistory.com/

Bands

Popular Haitian bands are Tabou Combo, System Band, RAM, T-Vice, Carimi, Nu-Look and many more.

Carnival

Ends on the Tuesday of Mardi-Gras varies from year to year. Carnival is always between February 3rd and March 9th. Visit: Plezi Kanaval

International Festivals Haiti

Theater and Cinemas

Popular theater and shows in Haiti are: Resurrection Dance of Haiti - Haiti Land of Fire - Centre D'Art - National Theatre. Please visit a directory for upcoming events and movie theaters.

Casinos

At this particular time, Haiti only has 2 operating casinos, El Rancho (under renovation) and Bagheera. However, with new tourism projects underway, there will be much more in the near future.

Museums / Libraries / Restaurants / Night Clubs / Beaches / Events

It is best to use a business directory (depending on the businesses who list with the directory).

Land Activities

For historical tours, eco-tours, hikes, horseback riding and island tours it is best to hire a tour company.

Golf

There are currently no golf course in Haiti available. The Haitian Riviera Resort Project will have a golf course. Another opportunity for a smart investor. Visit: http://www.haitianriviera.com/haitianluxcondos.htm and, http://issuu.com/designowebsite/docs/serenity_resort_brochure .

Tennis

There are tennis courts, racquetball and beach volleyball in some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts (e.g., El Rancho and Indigo).

Basketball

Basketball is not popular in Haiti. There are some outdoor basketball courts throughout the country and at some resorts. Samuel Dalembert, Yvon Joseph, Olden Polynice, Mario Elie, and Quincy Douby are some of the famous Haitian NBA players.

Baseball

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). Another possible investment area.

Soccer

Soccer (Football) 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.

Fitness Clubs

There are independent fitness clubs. There are gyms in some hotels, resorts, and some schools.

Water Activities

Top Beaches:

Pointe-Ouest (Tortuga), Point Break (Jacmel), Cormier, Bay of Acul, Jeremie, Labadee, Kaliko, Cayemites, Kyona, Cyvadier, Port-Salut, La Gonave.

Diving

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.

Sporting Events

There are many sporting events around Haiti year round. Businesses usually post their events in a directory or business guide.

A popular competition is the International Mountain Bike Competition: MTB Ayiti

Weddings/Honeymoons

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

• A blood test is required

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.

Deals and Promotions

Most businesses in Haiti offer deals and promotions from time to time. Companies usually post deals in a directory.

Travel Tips

The main issue with Haiti is the absence of infrastructure. 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. Travelers should carry money, credit cards, passports, and similar items in a money belt hidden under their clothing. Book an hotel with a safe.

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. Only drink bottled water. Make sure ice is from bottled water. Make sure food is fully cooked. Avoid unpeeled raw produce. When visiting another country, it is always best to have international health insurance. All respectable hotels in Haiti treats and purifies their water.

Haiti has adult entertainment clubs. Gambling is legal in Haiti but prostitution is illegal. Efforts to legalize prostitution is unknown. The age of consent is 18, and tourists who have sexual relations with minors may also be prosecuted by their home country.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Haiti part of Latin America?

Yes. Haiti is a Latin American Country. Being Latin American has nothing to do with race. Some people believe it is a combination of being White Spaniard and Native American only. This is untrue. 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.

What is the population of Haiti and its racial composition?

Approximately 10 million people live in Haiti. Historically, the island of Haiti (Dominican Republic and Haiti) was made up of 100% Indigenous people of the Americas (Tainos). Then the Spaniards and the French invaded Haiti. As the population of the Tainos were to the point of being decimated, both the Spaniards and the French brought Africans as slaves to replace the Tainos for labor. The surviving Tainos did live with the African slaves and had offsprings. The Europeans also mated with the Tainos and the African Slaves. The diffence in color between the Dominican Republic and Haiti is twofold. First, the Dominicans have a larger mixed race population (African and Spaniard mix) because the Spaniards brought in 100,000 African slaves. On the Haiti side, the French brought 500,000 African slaves. Second, during the Haitian Revolution, the Haitians killed most of the French colonists. Now, in modern Haiti, 95% of the population is black mainly of African origins; 5% is white or mixed race of European, Jewish (World War II Jewish Migration) and Middle Eastern origins (Arab Migration to Haiti in the 19th century).

Where is Point Break?

The real Point Break is located in Jacmel, Haiti. Haiti is a superb undiscovered country for surfing, diving and kitesurfing due to the lack of tourists visiting Haiti. Cabarete in the Dominican Republic is a great and popular kitesurfing location. However, not to many people know about surfing Point Break Jacmel, kitesurfing Tortuga, and scuba diving Arcadins and La Gonave. You have to be an expert adventure surfer, kitesurfer and scuba diver to know about Jacmel, Tortuga, Arcadins and La Gonave. But if you are not an expert adventure surfer or diver, no worries, check out Marina Blue Haiti.

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 40 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. Digicel and NatCom are the strongest mobile communication providers in Haiti. However, you can catch strong signals of Claro and Orange from the Dominican Republic at the border.

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. Search a directory for embassies, visa or lost passport.

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. Please check a directory for an accurate listing.

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.

What is the time zone?

UTC/GMT-5.

How to call Haiti?

US to Haiti landlines international dialing format: 011 + 509 + 2??? ???? Calls to a cell phone: 011 + 509 +3??? ???? (or 4??? ????)

Credits and References:

Abaka Bay Resort, Ile A Vache, Haiti Official Video:

Uploaded by Abakabay2 on Youtube.

Haiti Uncovered:

Produced by Haiti Communication Group (HCG), features the city of Petion-Ville, Jerry Tardieu, CEO of Oasis. Uploaded by cue3films on Youtube.

The Real Face of Haiti:

Video by Jacques Roc. Uploaded by VALABAB on Youtube.

Haiti's New Jacmel 2012:

Jacmel Revitalization Project: Michael Capponi, The Jacmel Development Group and Advisory Boards. Uploaded by DaneePeter on Youtube.

Haiti - Beach Day in Jeremie:

Jeremie Beach, Haiti. Uploaded by Shadaveb on Youtube.

Zipline Labadee Haiti:

Uploaded by cruiseandblog on Youtube.

Faces of Haiti:

Documentary by Jacques Roc. Uploaded by the TheFacesofHaiti on Youtube.

New Haiti:

Uploaded by Lifefortheworld, on Youtube.

Also many thanks to Gmanzouk, Haiti For Christ, Youtube and all other Youtubers for posting their videos about Haiti.

Text

[1] Schutt-Ainé, Patricia; Staff of Librairie Au Service de la Culture (1994). Haiti: A Basic Reference Book. Miami, Florida: Librairie Au Service de la Culture.
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti

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