The Caribbean is one of the most pristine vacation destinations in the world. Its glowing beaches and colorful cities attract millions of visitors each year. However, one nation that is often overlooked in Caribbean vacations is Haiti. The nation and its capital, Port-au-Prince, had a different route to development than many other island nations. However, this history only contributes to the unique factors that are available for anyone planning on vacationing there. Here are some of the unique sites in this global city along with amenities and ways to travel.
Main Attractions in Port Au Prince Haiti
The National Palace district is the main area of tourism in Port-au-Prince. This area has several prominent museums and historic sites.
This is a history museum that showcases Haiti’s unique role in the world. Haiti is the only country in the Western Hemisphere formed from a successful slave revolt. There are mementos and dedications to many of the leaders of the revolution and the national heroes of the country. Cultural exhibits help explain the critical role of independence in the current Haitian nation.
This National Palace district also contains the national museum of Haiti. The museum showcases Haiti’s history over the past two centuries and contains murals and mementos designed to reflect the island’s independent heritage. It also contains artifacts from important moments and political events in the island’s history. Most famously, the museum contains what is believed to be a part of one of Christopher Columbus’s voyages to Hispaniola in the 15th century. That would make it one of the oldest European artifacts in the New World.
Finally, there is Haiti’s national art museum. This museum showcases the work of Haitian artists both inside the country and in the diaspora. Haiti has produced a number of famed painters who showcase techniques inspired by French colonial rulers and indigenous and African cultures. There are also famed naive artists who learned their trade outside of the formal structures of Western art.
Other Things to Do in Port Au Prince Haiti
4. Hikes and Tours
Hikes and tours are an exciting way to pass the time in Port-au-Prince. The city is located in an exceptional area of mountains, hills, and lush vegetation. Palm trees and tropical plants flourish throughout the city and its surrounding areas. The city is only a short drive away from Parc Nationale De Visite. This tourist-focused national park contains several of Haiti’s larger mountains that visitors can climb. One of these peaks, the Morne du Cibao, is over 6,000 feet tall.
5. Circuit 9 Track
A raft of tourists has reached the top and seen the wide-ranging views of the country and the city below. Another option for tourists is the Circuit 9 Track. Circuit 9 is a car race track located in northern Port Au Prince Haiti. It has regular races and a jovial atmosphere surrounding its events.
Where to Stay in Port Au Prince Haiti
Hotel Oloffson: This small inn is situated in a majestic 19th-century mansion detailed with Gothic gingerbread patterns. The inn is isolated and located within a massive garden. Visitors will enjoy the well-adorned pool and the trails around the estate. The hotel is run by a local businessman and musician whose band, RAM, plays there every Thursday night. Concerts held by RAM have become a way for locals to interact with traveling businessmen and powerful figures in the country.
Le Plaza Hotel: This three-star hotel in the middle of the city has a garden, pool, and modern rooms with cable and Wifi. The hotel lies secluded from the rest of the city in a similar way to the Hotel Oloffson. It is located in the middle of the city and is within walking distance of the National Museum and a number of prominent cathedrals. Karibe Hotel provides four-star accommodations in a spacious, Colonial-style setting.
American Chain Hotel: American chains promise a similar level of comfort and amenities around the world. Port Au Prince Haiti is no different. The city has a Best Western and a Marriott located in its southern section. These hotels have American-style amenities and provide a degree of comfort and familiarity for tourists from the United States. They are particularly attractive to the inexperienced traveler who has only had a few international trips.
How to Get to Port Au Prince Haiti
Port-au-Prince is located on the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. The border between the two countries is not porous. It is incredibly risky and difficult to access Haiti either across the Dominican border or by boat in an unauthorized cruise. Therefore, the only practical way to reach Haiti is through Toussaint L’Ouverture Airport. This airport has flights to numerous major American cities such as Orlando and New York. Practically any major airport in the world can connect a traveler to the city with only a few stops at the most.
Port Au Prince Haiti has everything that a Caribbean traveler might be looking for. It has culture, history, and rugged terrain which provides staggering views of both mountains and the water. The city has accommodations for all kinds of travelers with easy access from the United States. Make sure to book your reservation today in order to explore this gem of a vacation destination.
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