Caribbean Tourism

Haiti

Shopping – Cap Haïtien

Ateliers Taggart Ateliers Taggart, T2621931, Rue 5 near Blvd (by Cap 2000). All kinds of handicrafts, especially weavings and metalwork, 1000-1700 Mon-Fri. Recommended. Galerie Des Trois Visages Galerie Des Trois Visages, excellent art gallery next to Ateliers Taggart. Others A tourist market by the port has handicrafts and naive paintings. Bargain hard....

Shopping

The Iron Markets sell only food items, charcoal, et cetera. The Iron Market in Port-au-Prince would be a fascinating place to visit but for the hustlers who will latch on to you and make the experience hell. Try out your bargaining skills at the Iron Markets in Jacmel and Cap-Haïtien. Haitians may tell you that many of the items for sale in the few tourist...

Government & Economy

Under the terms of the July 1993, UN-brokered agreement to restore democracy, Haiti has two legislative houses, a 27-seat Senate and an 83-seat Chamber of Deputies. The parliament in this form, with the elected president as chief of state, came into effect in October 1994. Economy Haiti is the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country and among the 30 poorest in...

Entertainment - Jacmel

Yaquimo Nightclub & Restaurant is 100m west of the wharf. Fairly good food, good atmosphere, live bands. Book here for the guest house in Seguin.

Entertainment – Port-au-Prince

RAM performs Thu at the Oloffson, the place to be. Otherwise, the best nightlife is to be found in Pétion-Ville (see separate section). There is a red-light district on the southwest Carrefour Road that has been badly eclipsed by AIDS and political turmoil. The central part of the establishments consist of spacious, breezy, outdoor discothèques. The...

Entertainment – Petion-Ville

Cafe Des Arts, 19 Rue Lamarre (same house as Galerie Monnin), T2577979. Open 1900 until late, dining and live music. Upstairs is Full Moon. Bash, in the Hotel El Rancho, also Sat evening live jazz. Harry’s, next to Coin des Artistes, see above, T2571885. Food OK, good value, 2 pool tables, often live music, latin and dance music, popular with families....

Entertainment

Until the mid-1980s, Haiti used to be a very good place for nightspots. With the drop in tourism and Haitians hesitating to be out late at night in uneasy times, many places have had to close or curtail their level of entertainment. The few that survive offer a good evening’s enjoyment and plenty of character. Following French custom, entertaining starts...

Beaches & Watersports

Haiti’s best beaches are far from the capital, on the Caribbean & Atlantic coasts. The Gulf of La Gonâve beaches, the only ones that can be reached within an hours’ drive, are not particularly good, but popular for a day trip out of the capital at weekends. Those west of the capital are poor. The best of what’s available is to the north. The first...

Places to Eat – Port Salut

Chez Jean Pierre is a must, friendly and welcoming to foreigners. Order evening meal in the afternoon, lobster supper for 2 with rice, banana, sauce and 4 rum and colas cost US$17, restaurants on the beach are more expensive and not so tasty.

Places to Eat – Cap Haïtien

Cap 2000, Rue 5 and Blvd (not far from waterfront). Sandwiches, ice cream; a popular and cheap restaurant, good food but basic, is on Ave L just past the corner with Rue 1, near Hotel Columbia.

Food & Drink

Food Most restaurants offer Créole or French cuisine, or a mixture of both. Haiti’s Créole cuisine is like its Caribbean cousins, but more peppery. Specialities include griot (deep-fried pieces of pork), lambi (conch, considered an aphrodisiac), tassot (jerked beef) and rice with djon-djon (tiny, dark mushrooms). As elsewhere in the Caribbean, lobster is...

Accommodation – Port Salut

C Arada Inn, is hardly functioning, the owner has left, no food or beer. C La Cayenne, luxury, on main street, restaurant, friendly. C La Concorde, Rue Gabions de Indigènes, T2860277. Rooms with bath, fan, EP, not always open, also very comfortable. At the end of the village, beyond Chez Jean Pierre, is a E Village Touristique, comfortable bungalows with...

Transport – Jacmel

In Port-au-Prince, buses leave from the station Jacmel on Dessalines, a couple of blocks the other side of Chareron, 2-3 hrs, US$1.25, lovely route, sit on top.

Accommodation – Jacmel

A2 La Jacmelienne (T 88-3451, Port-au-Prince office: 22-4899), a modern, two-storey hotel on the beach with pool, MAP, fans, no a/c, often no water either, all rooms with sea view. C Manoir Alexandre (T 88-2511), beautiful garden,faded grandeur, lots of character but no bathroom in rooms, lovely view from veranda, try the cocktail Alexandre: rum, cointreau...

Local Information – Port-au-Prince

Caution Shantytown dwellers don’t welcome obvious sightseers and people with cameras. The area between the Champs de Mars and the waterfront is deserted after dark and should be avoided. It is safe to go to most places by car or taxi at night, but don’t go about on foot except in Pétionville’s restaurant and bar district. Remember that frequent power cuts...