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Ten Great Ways To Enjoy Haiti

Feb 10, 2008
Despite continuous political turmoil that has left the country destitute, Haiti will remain to be one of the must-see countries in the world. The place will enthrall you with many interesting details and customs. Haiti will definitely keep you occupied the entire time you are in the place.

1.) Citadelle Laferriere

This picture perfect fortress is located in Milot over a high mountain. This was built way back in 1800s by Emperor Christophe. You don't see a lot of these in other countries where their primary tourist spots are mostly beaches, and besides, you can even ride a horse to get up to this fortress if you wanted to.

2.) San Souci Palace

One can pass by the ruins of the landmark San Souci Palace, and it is located at the foot of the mountain where the Citadelle Laferrier lies. It lies on the edge of Milot and should be part of your itinerary. You can't miss this one when you go check out the Citadelle Laferriere.

3.) Haitian cuisine

Tasty dishes are a combination of African and Caribbean cuisine. If you love Spanish foods, you will find Haiti's spicier variation a nice twist from the usual foods offered in other countries. You can try any of the following; griot, poulet creole, kabrit, and du riz jonjon.

4.) Basket of fruit

If you love fruits, you will find Haiti a basket case of fruits. The streets can offer you bananas, mango, guava, pineapple, breadfruit, and melons. But before biting into one, make sure that they are properly washed and peeled first.

5.) Drinking pleasure

Haiti prides itself with its line of drinks that is considered top of the line. Recommended for beer drinkers is the excellent Prestige, and for rum, you can try Barbancourt 5 Star. If you're out on the streets, quench your thirst with their special milk shake they call Papye locally.

6.) Labadee

Here is a tourist spot in Haiti which provides relative safety. This private resort is under the management of the Royal Caribbean Int'l. You will also find several merchants here to help you get some stuff to bring back home, and aside from shopping, you can try parasailing, swimming or snorkeling.

7.) Cap-Haitien

This city is the second largest in Haiti, and you will feel a very laid-back atmosphere in this place compared to its capital, Port Au Prince. From here, you get the chance to move to other places with ease. They do have good restaurants, too, which serve Haitian as well as French cuisine, and pizza parlors can be found in this area just in case you get a craving.

8.) Du Nord

Here is a look of the countryside in Haiti complete with dirt roads, remote villages and farm animals roaming around freely to graze the land. The huts are small and primitive compared to most Western houses, and it certainly makes you feel blessed. It gives the feel of a tropical island complete with a beautiful sky, flora and mountain - all the simple things in life we tend to take for granted.

9.) Rah-rah Season

This event is equivalent to the Lenten season which comes before Easter and is usually observed by Christians. Haiti comes together with voodoo priests who would wear elaborate headdresses in red and brightly-colored skirts carrying banners and poles. They are joined by nightly drummers who create sounds that give an eerie feeling, and you see people filling up the streets with dancing, chanting and singing.

10.) Port-au-Prince, the Capital

Of course, you will not miss the country's capital. The city houses one of two airports of Haiti, Toussaint Louverture Airport. You get a chance to see and compare this urbanized area with other cities you may visit.
About the Author
Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV - the place to share travel videos. Visit http://www.destinationguide.tv/haiti to view or share Haiti travel videos.
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