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Haitians Practice Some Aspects of Voodoo

Aug 18, 2007
Haiti, is a country on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.

On December 6, 1492 Christopher Columbus first laid eyes on the pristine shores of the island of Hispanola. Lush with fruits and towering mahogany trees Haiti became known as the Pearl of the Caribbean. What was once Frances richest colony today has become one of the worlds poorest nations, hindered by dictatorships, depleted natural resources, and overwhelming spiritual darkness.

Haitis terrain consists mainly of rugged mountains with small coastal plains and river valleys. Haiti was a lush tropical paradise, with 60 percent of its original forest covering the lands and mountainous regions.

Roman Catholicism is the official religion of Haiti, but voodoo may be considered the countrys national religion. The majority of Haitians believe in and practice at least some aspects of voodoo. Most voodooists believe that their religion can coexist with Catholicism.

Climate temperatures range from 68 to 95 averaging 81. Average rainfall per year is 50 inches.

Official Language is French and Creole and English is spoken in the capital.

The currency is Haitian Gourde and U S dollars widely accepted.

There is a government tax of 10 percent and hotels will add a service charge of 5 percent to your bill. Restaurant tabs should be tipped 6 to 10 percent, if not already added. Tip taxi drivers if you find them helpful.

Two international Airports, in the capital and in Cap Haitien. The main ports are Port au Prince, Cap Haitian Miragoane.

Driving is on the right, Canada and U S drivers license is valid.

Local Transportation includes tap taps which are minibuses and flatbed trucks brightly painted. Public taxis and rental cars are another means of getting around. Full size buses are used for travelling between major cities. Travelling between Port au Prince and Cap Haitian via small plane is a way of travelling.

Due to recent political instability, tourism was once a significant industry. However it has suffered, with the exception of Labadee, a port located on the countries northern coast. Labadee is a resort owned by Royal Caribbean International. Although sometimes described in advertisements as an island in its own right, it is actually contiguous with the rest of Hispanola. Labadee is fenced off from the surrounding area. The cruise ships anchor offshore and passengers are tendered to the resort, often without being told they are in Haiti. Attractions include a Haitian Flea Market, traditional Haitian dance performances, numerous beaches, water sports, and a water park.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Haitis Rental Site
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