Caribbean Tourism

Festivals

Cap Haïtien

Cap Haïtien, Haiti’s second city,has a dramatic location on the sheltered, SE side of an 824m high cape, from which it gets its name. It was the capital in colonial times, when it was called Cap Français. Its wealth and sophistication earned it the title of ‘Paris of the Antilles’. The colony’s biggest port, it was also the commercial centre of the northern...

Festivals

The standard of the Port-au-Prince Carnival has fallen since the Duvaliers left (see History). Nowadays few people wear costumes and the floats are poorly decorated. There is a cacophony of music blaring out from both stands and passing floats. Excitement is provided by the walking bands (bandes-à-pied), cousins of the Rara bands that appear after carnival...