Haiti On a Budget
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Top Tourist AttractionsHaiti's beautiful culture is not to be missed, one of the best places to experience this is at the Marche an Fer flea market in Port-au-Prince where you'll find crafts, produce, and clothing. Just be sure to bring a guide with you who speaks Creole to help you negotiate prices and navigate the busy market. You can also use the Tour Haiti travel company located in Port-au-Prince to help you plan a trip to explore the French Colonial era architecture and other major sights around the island such as the La Citadelle and Palais San Souci. The Citadelle is the largest fortress in the western hemisphere and features cannonballs and old weaponry along with beautiful views of the island. The Palais Sans Souci is the ruins of King Henri Christophe's Versace styled castle which was built in 1813 and became a World Heritage Site in 1982.
Cities in Haiti range from resort villages to large, crowded cities. Port-au-Prince is Haiti's largest city and also the country's capital. You'll find the majority of hotels, beaches, and festivals here. Jacmel is a village that's fairly new to the tourism scene and is popular among backpackers thanks to it's laid back vibe and strong cultural and artistic ties. Ila a Vache is small island off the coast and is home to many resorts. Another resort city is Labadee, which is an entirely fenced off area that has its own personal port for cruise ships. Finally, there is Petionville, a high end suburb or Port-au-Prince and considered much safer than the city center.
Haiti offers gorgeous beaches where you can enjoy a swim in the cool waters, waterskiing, jet skiing, or just relax on the sand. For more swimming opportunities, check out the Bassin Bleu in the city if Jacmel where you can swim in the bright blue water and under the beautiful waterfall there. Once you've had enough swimming, go for a hike up Furcy Forest located near Jacmel where you can climb up the mountains to get incredible views of the surrounding island. Haiti is also well known for their Carnival celebrations which happen around Mardi Gras every year and combine local customs such as Voodoo and Haitian music with the traditional parade atmosphere of Carnival.