It is the only independent French-speaking territory in the Caribbean. This warm country of the Greater Antilles shares an island with the Dominican Republic. In addition, there are a few small islands and archipelagos, including La Gonâve, Île de la Tortue, Les Cayemites and Île-à-Vache. Occupying the western part of the large island, only 87 km from the Cuban coast, Haiti rises to peak la Selle (2,680 m). The mountains, a forest of very rich biodiversity - even if deforestation is intensifying more and more - and beaches of paradise including the famous ones of Jacmel, make up an attractive territory. The local population and culture also exert their seduction. Music, cuisine and crafts also contribute to the charms of this enchanting destination. The island is approached through its capital Port-au-Prince where you will visit the citadel La Ferrière, the Palace of Sans-Souci and the Museum of the Haitian National Pantheon. Other sites to discover include the National Historic Park and the Cane Sugar Cane Historical Park. Haiti, hit by a devastating earthquake in 2010 and also hit by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, has now rebuilt itself. The tourist facilities and services are operational. Haiti, which was the privileged holiday destination of the rich Americans, has become more democratic even if it is not a mass tourism destination. And if the Creole language does not lack charm, French-speaking tourists especially appreciate that French is spoken in this Caribbean country.

What to visit Haiti?

When to go to Haiti?

To stay in Haiti, avoid the rainy seasons of April to June and October to November, especially if you plan to travel around the country. However, these seasons are interesting for the discovery of biodiversity. But it is especially the hurricane period from June to December that is not recommended. You will therefore need to plan your stay in Haiti to take advantage of the best period, from December to March. And for the carnival: it is February in Port-au-Prince and in several other cities of the country, from Epiphany Sunday to Ash Wednesday it is Mardi Gras with big heads, parades of floats, music groups and street dances.

How to go to Haiti? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Travel agencies generally include Haiti in their programmes with all-inclusive seaside trips combined with a few cultural excursions and sometimes themed trips around diving or hiking. You are guaranteed to leave in the right season and to have your stay cancelled in the event of a problem (natural risks, political situation...).

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There are no contraindications to travel alone in Haiti. However, the instructions for use in a poor country must be followed if you want to avoid inconvenience. On site, you can negotiate with local agencies for the rental of a car with driver/guide that will be very useful to you. You can also opt for local public transport (folklore!). In any case, it is by travelling alone that you will be able to get in touch with the people and appreciate the kindness of the Haitians.

Many car rental companies offer vehicles that are generally in good condition (to be checked before signing the contract), but driving is dangerous and the roads are of poor quality. Buses connect cities and beaches and taxis take you to the city. During the rainy season, you will not be able to travel easily. Beware of unofficial taxis. It is better to go through an agency or hotel to rent a vehicle or negotiate with a taxi.

Prepare for your trip Haiti

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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Practical information
When to travel?

To stay in Haiti, avoid the rainy seasons of April to June and October to November, especially if you plan to travel...
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Weather forecast

The climate in Haiti is tropical with two rainy seasons, one from April to June, the other from October to November....
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Budget

The national currency in Haiti is the gourd (HTG). The cost of living is significantly lower than in Europe. Public t...
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Formalities

You will be issued a free visa upon arrival, valid for three months and renewable once. You must have a passport that...
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Health

You will need to protect yourself from mosquitoes (malaria, chikungunya, dengue fever, Zika). Other health risks incl...
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How to travel by yourself?

There are no contraindications to travel alone in Haiti. However, the instructions for use in a poor country must be...
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How to get organized?

Travel agencies generally include Haiti in their programmes with all-inclusive seaside trips combined with a f...
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Getting around

Many car rental companies offer vehicles that are generally in good condition (to be checked before signing the contr...
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