Amazing Places to Visit in Haiti
Haiti has become very popular in 2010 because of the devastating earthquake that hit the country and rendered it defenseless. But, as you can see, the people in Haiti has bounced back shortly after they were shook and the miracle of it all is that most of their landmarks and tourist attractions were not severely damaged. In case you’re wondering, here is a Haiti travel guide – for sure, you will enjoy exploring the beautiful attractions of this “survivor” country.
10. Haiti National Museum
The Haiti National Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions and places to visit in Haiti for two reasons. The first reason as to why it is well-known is because during the big earthquake, the museum was one of those structures that received less damage. The second reasons being it as an underground museum – how cool is that!? They call it MUPANAH and it was launched in 1983 with historical artifacts, the oldest of which came from the 15th century.
9. Boutilier Observatory
A lot of people in Port-au-Prince, whether locals or because the tourists heard the locals that they are going “there”, they always find time to visit Boutilier Observatory. Boutilier Observatory is the “there” – a tiny art gallery that offers more than works of art. It is still part of the capital city but you wouldn’t believe that you are still in an urban zone because the location is so scenic and it makes you feel totally relaxed. No wonder it’s a tourist destination these days because on top of a city mountain, there is a small haven.
8. Fort Jacques
Fort Jacques is one of the most important fortresses in Haiti. It is located at Kenscoff town which is a good 50-60 minutes away from Port-au-Prince. The person responsible for erecting this historical citadel is no other than the Father of Independence himself, Jean Jacques Dessalines. He had it built as an offensive move in fear of the French invading during his time. The Ministry of Tourism is managing this once great fortress and to this day, it still has some war weapons from way back.
7. Bassin Bleu, Jacmel
One of the places to visit in Haiti is Bassin Bleu in Jacmel. You can say that this is a hidden paradise somewhere in Jacmel and it is a protected site by the government because of it natural beauty. The whole area is like a basin with breathtaking waterfalls which is covered in thick forests on all shades of green. It’s just so amazing to be there. People can swim and some even jump from the cascading rocks going down to the river flowing below. But you have to book a tour with your local travel agency or at the hotel where you are staying at. Visitors to Bassin Bleu are limited on a daily basis.
6. Bassin Zim
Another one of Haiti’s most awe-inspiring natural attractions is the Bassin Zim. It is located at Hinche City, in one of its very fertile tropical forests. Before arriving to the Bassin Zim (waterfalls), you will pass by mountain grottoes and calciferous rocks. The walk going there is an adventure in itself for there are many things to see and marvel at. When you arrive at the destination, it’s like getting your most wonderful prize which is the waterfalls.
5. Marie-Jeanne Cave
When in Haiti, you must never ever forget to explore one of its most visited tourist destinations which is the Marie-Jeanne Cave. The cave is the longest cave unearthed so far in the country and the government has made necessary measures to preserve this colorful cave while letting people from all over the world explore its natural splendor. There are paintings on the walls of the caves and several Arawak period relics were discovered within. Just go to the cave’s welcome centre if you want a private tour.
4. Etang Saumatre
Etang Saumatre is one of the places to visit in Haiti. It is also known as Lake Azuei and it is the biggest lake in all of Haiti and perhaps, the second biggest lake in the Hispaniola region. American crocodiles thrive in this lake and there are threats to its existence which is why the government of Haiti together with the Dominican Republic nation is exhausting all measures to conserve this breeding lake. Anyway, it is a salt lake and is land locked, as well, with no outflows.
3. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Port-au-Prince
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is a cathedral located at Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti. It was established in 1884 and is the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince for the Roman Catholics. During the 2010 earthquake, it was terribly shattered. After 2 years, the rebuilding of the cathedral was made into a competition among architects from around the world. It is one of Haiti’s most important landmark and even if it is in ruins now, it is still worthy to be visited.
2. Sans-Souci Palace
A really significant building in Haiti and also one of the most visited attractions in the country is the Sans-Souci Palace. The palace is situated in Milot, Nord Dept., Haiti and it is in ruins now but UNESCO recognized it as a World Heritage Site back in 1982. It was created back in 1813 in honor of Henry 1 or Henri Christophe, King of Haiti. The palace is a bit cryptic because of suicide and death stories that transpired within. So if you are in for some “fairy tale turned thriller” stories, go to the Sans-Souci Palace.
1. Citadelle Laferriere
The most well-known landmark and tourist spot in Haiti is the Citadelle Laferriere. This citadel is one of the places to visit in Haiti because it is a World Heritage Site according to UNESCO. It is one of the biggest citadels in all of the Americas and since it was built on a mountain, it has become a representation for the country. The area is about 10,000 square meters or 108,000 square feet and it was established back in 1820 by King Henry 1. If you want to go to this place, you have to ask for a travel guide in Milot to assist you on the trail.