Caribbean Tourism

Haiti

Government

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 Oct 1994. The Economy Structure of Production Haiti is the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country and...

History

Hispaniola Columbus visited the north coast of Hispaniola, modern Haiti, on his first visit to the West Indies, leaving a few men there to make a settlement before he moved on to Cuba. Columbus traded with the native Tainos for trinkets such as gold nose plugs, bracelets and other ornaments, which were to seal the Indians’ fate when shown to the Spanish...

Tourism Information

Local tourist office The Tourist Office is in the Département du Commerce et de l’Industrie, upstairs, at 8 rue Légitime (T 68-6150), half a block from the Musée d’Art Haïtien, but it has poor information and no maps or brochures. Supplementary information may be sought from the Hotel and Tourism Association, at the Hotel Montana, or from travel agencies....

Communication

Phoning from USA: 011-509+ seven digits Telephone Service The international code for Haiti is 509. Always bad, the telephone system deteriorated even more during the 1991-94 embargo. Fewer than a third of calls get through. The Haitian international operator (dial 09) is hard to raise. However, Teleco offices in major cities are central and easy to use and...

Getting Around

Air Mission Aviation Fellowship (T2463993) and Caribintair (T2460737/78, 2490203) have flights every day except Sunday to Cap-Haïtien (US$50 round trip). They also run 2 or 3 flights a week each to Jérémie (US$70 round trip). MAF additionally flies Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to Hinche (US$40 round trip). Book and pay through travel agents. Flights leave...

Getting There

Air To Port-au-Prince... From Europe: Air France flies from Paris via Guadeloupe. From North America: American Airlines flies from New York and Miami daily. Other airlines from Miami including ALM and Air France. Air Canada flies from Montreal. From Central America: Copa flies from Panama City. From the Caribbean: ALM from Curaçao and Sint Maarten; Air...

Before Travelling

Climate The climate is generally very warm but the cool on- and off-shore winds of morning and evening help to make it bearable. In coastal areas temperatures vary between 20° and 35°C, being slightly hotter in April-September. Haiti has 2 rainy seasons: Apr-May & Sep-Oct. The driest, coolest months are December-March. In the hill resorts the...

Haiti

Haiti Haiti is an Indian word meaning ‘high ground’. It is the Caribbean’s most mountainous country. Except for a few small, mainly coastal plains and the central Artibonite River valley, the entire country is a mass of ranges. The highest peak is the 2,674m La Selle, southeast of the capital. Little remains of Haiti’s once luxuriant forest cover, cut down for...

HAITI: USEFUL INFORMATION

TOURIST OFFICES In Haïti (Main official) Port-au-Prince: Secretary of State for Tourism, 8 Rue Legitime. Tel: 509-223-2143/5631/5333/0723. Fax: 509-223-5359; Maison du Tourisme de Port-au-Prince: Angle Rues Magny et et Capois. Tel: 509-221-5496/222-8659. In Champ Mars, on the corner of Rue Capois and Rue Magny. Cap Haitien: Maison Du Tourisme, Rue 24...

HAITI: WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING Restaurants available Local. Fast food. Gourmet. International. Service charge 10%. Dress code is usually casual comfortable summer sportswear. Some hotels may require jacket and tie. NIGHTLIFE Entertainment available includes Discos. Dinner/Dances. Theaters. Casinos. Nightclubs. Cinemas. Live music. SHOPPING Locally produced items Paintings, crafts...

HAITI: COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY Haiti is located in the western part of the island of Hispaniola, occupying 10,714 sq mls of the second largest of the Caribbean islands. TIME EST. GMT -5. CLIMATE Average daytime temperature 76 82 degrees F, with cooler nights. Rainy season from May to July and September to early December. 20-25 days of rain annually. HISTORY When Columbus...

HAITI: MONEY/ BUSINESS GUIDE

BANKS Bank of Nova Scotia. Banque Populaire. Banque de l'Union Haitienne. Banque Nationale de Credit. Banque de la Republique d’Haiti (BRH). Capital Bank. Citibank. Promobank. Socabank. Sogebank. Unibank. BANKING HOURS Monday to Friday 0900 1630. In certain branches 0900 1700. BUSINESS HOURS Monday to Friday 0800 1700. Saturday 0800 1200. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS...

HAITI: HOW TO GET THERE

AIRLINES Air Guadeloupe-PAP-Guadeloupe. Air Canada. ALM Antilean Airlines. American Airlines. Copa. Canada 3000. Air Royal-PAP-Canada. Caribintair. Air France. Aero Caribean. Haiti International Airline (PAP-NYC three times a week). Tropical Airways. AIRPORTS Port au Prince International Airport, located 5 mls from downtown. Local airports: Cap Haitien (...

Haiti, the world's first black republic

Haiti, the world's first black republic, fifty miles from the eastern tip of Cuba, shares the Caribbean's largest island, Hispaniola, with the Dominican Republic. Despite a series of political and economic setbacks, there's new direction in Government. Haiti is again gearing up to welcome tourism. For Haiti has long held a place as the most intriguing (...

Introduction

Haiti is an unusual Caribbean country, offering a taste of Africa combined with French culture. The first Black Republic in the world, Haiti became independent in 1804. There is a rich natural culture where Voodoo and Catholicism mingle. Haitian art is world-famous, as are its gingerbread houses, found throughout the country. Port-au-Prince, the capital...