Once the vacation destination of choice for jet-setting travellers, Haiti is vibrantly rebuilding its tourism industry. Its sun-soaked hotels and resorts mirror other Caribbean hot spots, but minus the hordes. It’s the perfect island for getting away from it all.
Next, pay a visit to the Musée du Panthéon National, where the bodies of some of these slaves are buried. The anchor from the Santa Maria, one of Christopher Columbus’s ships, is also on display here.
For a truly magical Haitian experience, journey to Bassin Bleu. These three cobalt blue pools near Jacmel are thought to be visited by nymphs who disappear at the sound of mortal footsteps. Tread lightly and you may see one!
The white sands and emerald waters of Kokoye Beach, one of the most beautiful in the country, can be difficult to get to, but they are well worth the trip. Eat traditional Creole seafood prepared by the community-run organization that controls the beach, and camp out together beneath the stars.
Back in Port-au-Prince, pick up the necessary accoutrements for a Voodoo ceremony at the Iron Market. Rebuilt after the 2010 earthquake, the market also sells fruits and veggies, Caribbean spices, and authentic Haitian arts and crafts.
Please note that credit cards VISA and MASTERCARD are accepted in Haiti. However, it is best to notify your bank before your trip to avoid declined transactions.