Haiti is a tragedy-scarred poor country that unfortunately keeps many tourists at bay. However, this small Caribbean nation is abundantly rich in natural beauty such as luscious mountains, pristine white sandy beaches and dramatic landscapes. Travel buffs need to explore this relatively unexplored land and realize it is very much a Caribbean destination similar to its counterparts.
When in Haiti, be sure to explore the Port-au-Prince for it is the capital and the largest city of the country. The metropolis is laden with several museums, natural attractions, historical forts, sprawling parks and many more. Shop-a-holics can visit the Iron market where they can view some 900 hawkers who display their wares in anything from fruits to souvenirs. A characteristic take on 19th century French holiday hoses, tourists can find a lot of these beautiful properties dotted around Port au Prince.
Head over to the hillside suburb of Petionville in Port au Prince for it is brimming with bars, restaurants and galleries. Owing to its colonial charm and gorgeous handicrafts, the town of Jacmel is beautiful to explore. Spend some time at the Boulevard du Bord de Mer and admire the colourful and vibrant murals and mosaics on the ocean-front. Those who are hikers would love to hike in the national parks of La Visite and Parc Macaya. One can trek over to to the top of Pic Macaya and get some memorable snap-shots.
Beach-a-holics have many beaches to lounge around as Haiti is fringed by a lot of them. But to procure a truly special experience, head over to the coastal town of Port Salut, laden with seemingly endless stretches of pristine white sand. Art is deeply engraved in Haitian culture, thereby showcasing the nation's African roots and European influences. Be sure to visit the incredible Museum of Haitian Art - that has a beautiful collection of paintings and crafts, exhibiting the talents of local artists.
When it comes to shopping, be sure to look for paintings in the naif style for which Haiti is popular and is known for its straw hats and metalwork. Both Haitians and tourists can party and let their hair down in any of the several watering hotels dotted around the country. As for cuisine, do gorge into some of their local delicacies such as Griot (fried pork), Pikliz ( spicy Haitian coleslaw) and Cabri boucane (grilled goat).
The stay options in Haiti are abundant with the richie-rich craving to be put up at the best luxury hotels. Similarly those who are light on the pocket can opt for budget apartments and cheap accommodations.
Haiti experiences humid tropical climate. The best time to go would be from November to March for the temperatures are more pleasant during that time of the year.