“Sharing a common border with the Dominican Republic, Haiti is situated on the western region of the Hispaniola Island. As the only nation that saw a successful slave uprising during the colonial era, Haiti has identified itself closer to its African heritage more than the rest of the Caribbean islands. However, faced with an image problem, Haiti is one of the least frequented islands of the Caribbean Archipelago. Tales of coup d’état, tinged with images of Voodoo sacrifices has definitely played on even the most unimaginative minds. Being a country with an unstable political system and the target of negative media attention certainty does not help to boost its international image. The Haitians by general, anxious to dispel the negative image that has plagued this proud nation, are abundant with their welcome and warmth to any of their visitors. Nevertheless, as Haiti slowly marches towards political maturity and stability, a visit now to this mystical tropical paradise might prove to be the right time.”
History & Culture – The history of Haiti is no different from most of the islands in the Caribbean region. It is a history of suffering and enslavement by the Spanish and other European nations during the 17th century. The Taino Amerindians initially populated the island of Hispaniola. With the discovery of the island by Christopher Columbus in 1492, the Spanish later decimated the native population. After ceding the territory to the French in 1687, Haiti flourished and later became famous as the "Pearl of the Antilles”. It was during this period that the African slaves were brought to toil on the coffee and sugarcane plantations. With the revolt of the slaves in 1804, Haiti became the first black republic.
The revolt of the slaves also set the imprint of the cultural heritage of Haiti today. The African roots of the former salves have resulted in the evolution of a culture unique to the Caribbean region. The most evident of this influence is the Shamanic rituals of Voodoo. The music and the artworks of the Haitian are also depictions of this heritage.
Sightseeing in Port-au-Prince - The capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince has many facades. Yet there is no denying the fact the place is chaotic, exciting and in some cases, exhilarating as well. Places of interest in this city include:
Haiti has a good year round tropical climate and the Haitian climate is only subjected to mild changes in the seasons. In addition, hotel rates do not vary much throughout the year. Temperatures are generally warm and pleasant. Nevertheless, with the hurricane season during the months of August and September, the weather can be slightly wetter. The Carnival is celebrated during the month of February, thus you are recommended to book in advance to avoid any disappointment.
- One Week - Stay two days in Port-au-Prince and two days in Jacmel before flying north to visit the Citadelle.
- Two Weeks - Follow the itinerary for one week in a more leisurely pace and include Parc National La Visite and the beaches near Cap-Haïtien, Côte des Arcadins or Île-à-Vache.
- Your Haiti vacations can also be combined with Jamaica holidays.
The country of Haiti makes up part of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean, which is one of the three island groups. The Greater Antilles group is made up of Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, which is Haiti and Dominican Republic and in fact the Greater Antilles accounts for around ninety percent of the total land in the whole of the West Indies.
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