Despite being the first free Black republic in the world, people continue to sleep on Haiti. The country has gone through its fair share of troubled times since its history-making revolution against the French, but the beauty of this vibrant Caribbean island cannot be denied.
For travelers like Abena (@beautifully.flawed.one), who recently had the chance to dig deeper into this underrated gem, Haiti provides those who visit with more than just your average tropical getaway.
From the proud people and legendary culture to the breathtaking landscapes and mouth-watering cuisine, Haiti is one place that needs to be at the top of everyone’s travel list.
This Is Haiti
On January 1, 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines proclaimed the island of Saint-Domingue free and independent from French rule following a successful revolution. Now known as Haiti, the first free Black republic has had an inspiring and troubled existence since that historic day, but despite what the media may portray, there is more to Haiti than its struggles. Haiti is an underrated gem filled with wonders and culture just waiting to be discovered.
November through March is generally considered the best time to visit and see Haiti. When you go, stay in central Port-au-Prince at the boutique Hôtel Oloffson to experience the heartbeat and charm of the capital city.
Fresh From the Sea
Haiti has some of the best seafood around. Don’t leave the island without trying Sauce Poisson Frit with Diri Djon Djon (Haitian black rice) and accra. Trust us!
In the region of Cayes-Jacmel, there’s a burgeoning surf culture amongst tourists and locals that make it perfect for travelers looking to try something new. If you want give back while having a good time, check out Surf Haiti, a Haitian non-profit organization that teaches local youth how to swim and surf, and also provides visitors with lessons and equipment rentals.
A must when visiting Haiti is a trip to Citadelle Laferrière. Located south of the city of Cap-Haïtien, Citadelle Laferrière is one of the largest… Continue reading