Located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of The Caribbean, Haiti used to be the hottest vacation destination in the Caribbean. A country full of history and rich in culture, with beautiful beaches and stunning mountain regions. Here are some of the reasons why you should visit Haiti:
Haiti is the most mountainous country in the Caribbean, home to some of the tallest peaks, fertile valleys and unspoiled natural wonders of the region, including the Massif du Nord, the Cordillera Septentrional and the Matheux Mountains.
Haiti has stunning and secluded beaches and secret bays. Sharing the island with the Dominican Republic, the country is filled with golden beaches and clear blue water, a tropical destination in itself.
Haiti is home to a colorful culture, thanks to the mixture between the Europeans, the African and the Taíno natives. All these influences are noticeable in their food, religion, music and architecture. From Voodoo ceremonies to its loud music, Haiti is an unique country full of surprises.
Haiti has a rich and tumultuous history, becoming the first independent black republic in the world. Its story is shown through its monuments and architecture, such as The Sans-Souci Palace and the Citadelle Laferrière, some of the buildings created right after Haiti gained its independence from France. If you are looking for a cultural getaway, Haiti could be it.
Thanks to its incredible and unique mix of cultures, Haitian food is nothing but full of flavors. Flavourful and not too spicy, Creole food has its own flair that you won’t find anywhere else.
What to expect
Haitian Creole is the main language spoken in Haiti. This language is similar to French-based Creole, but with other influences from Spanish, English, Portuguese, Taíno, and West African languages. There aren’t many english speakers.
The standard voltage is 110V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the american continent; If you are traveling from the EU you will need an adaptor.
The Haitian gourde is the official currency. USD are widely accepted as well, but other foreign currencies only in hotels and major attractions but not local wise. Credit cards are accepted in some places but cash is recommended. You can exchange your currency at the bank, airport, exchange houses or withdraw directly from the ATM, widely available in the capital but hardly anywhere else. 1 USD equals 108.12 gourdes (as of 2020).
Haiti enjoys a tropical weather with plenty of sunshine, heat and humidity all year round. However temperatures can change depending on the elevation. Average temperatures range from 70 °F (25 °C) in January-February to 80 °F (about 30 °C) in July-August.
Unfortunately and due to high poverty rates, Haiti has high crime rates, including violent crime, such as armed robbery and carjacking. However, some places are more dangerous than others. Exercise extreme caution and common sense at all times.
Haiti is a visa free country with the exception of the following countries, which citizens are required to apply for a visa in advance: Colombia, Cuba, dominican Republic, Iran, Libya, Panama, Syria, Vietnam and Yemen.
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