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Travel – Port-au-Prince – the largest city of Haiti




Port-au-Prince is the capital city of Haiti as well as being the largest city of Haiti (which is a Caribbean nation). The population of this place is about 704,000. This city is on the Gulf of Mexico and is a natural harbor for the city’s economical activities. The official language of this place is Haitian Creole and French. French is the administrative language of Haiti. English is known in tourist spots. It was affected by a massive earthquake on January 12, 2010.

This area is divided into communes.
Pétionville: A suburban commune in the southeast of the city.
Delmas: It is directly to the south of the airport and north of the central city.
Carrefour: This is a poor commune that is to the southwest of the city.
Cité Soleil: It is another commune that has split off from Port-au-Prince into a separate commune.

The main economy of Port-au-Prince is production of coffee and sugar and earlier also exported goods such as shoes and baseballs and it has food-processing plants as well as soap, textile, and cement factories.

Port-au-Prince has two sister cities: Miami, United States and Montreal, Canada.

The main attractions of Port-au-Prince are:
The Haitian National Palace, The Cathedral of Port-au-Prince, The Cathedral of St. Trinity, Musee du Pantheon, Place des Heros de Independence, In Boutilliers, the attraction is the Jane Barbancourt Distillery. In the Côte des Arcadins the attraction is the Moulin sur Mer.
The other cities of Haiti are Cap-Haïtien, Gonaïves, Jacmel, Jérémie, Les Cayes, Milot, Miragoane, Mirebalais, Port-de-Paix, Saint-Marc and Port-Salut.

Haiti is full of mountains with the highest point being Chaine de la Selle which is at 2,777m and has wide and flat central plain to the north. This island was inhabited by Tainos first; Christopher Columbus reached it during his voyage and later a part of this island became independent as the Dominican Republic. This is a part of the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean.

Places of interest
• The Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien: This is a museum where one can take a guided tour to Haitian history. The museum is divided into muraled section of periods containing the items of that period; like the anchor of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’s flagship, is the centerpiece of the exploration age section.
• Champs-de-Mars: It is a beautiful park in Haiti which is open for public to relax in. It is situated near the National Palace.
• The Citadelle Henri Christophe (also known as Citadelle Laferrière): This is a fortress in Haiti and in the city of Milot. It is situated on a high mountain and to its base are the ruins of Palais Sans Souci.
• Labadee: This is a private port that is used by cruise ships. One can take a cruise to tour the island’s beaches and bays. • • Bay of Acul has many reefs that one can view and the town of Caracol and Amiga Island which has lush green landscapes are very interesting.
• The Citadelle: It is a historic site of Haiti and is a landmark of the country’s history.
• Musee de Guahah: This is a specialty museum which houses many artifacts and arts.
• Barbancourt Rum Distillery: This is a brewery of rum. One can taste and also know how it is made.
• Plaine du Cul de Sac: It is a landmark that is popular and is a stretch of fertile land. It is on the border of the Dominican Republic.
• Petionville: This is a famous neighborhood in the Capital city of Port-au-Prince. This place is full of shops and restaurants and cultural institutions depicting the rich culture of Haiti.
• Lake Saumatre: This Lake is famous for the flamingos, water buffaloes and crocodiles.
• Chaine de la Selle peak: This is the peak point of Haiti.

Things to do
• Sightseeing: Take a look at the mountains, parks, lakes, valleys and beaches with its natural beauty and scenic landscapes and know the historical past and visit the sights
• Outdoor activities: The famous based activities are snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, sailing, yachting and surfing along with beach activities like beach volleyball or simply sun bathing.
• Trekking, hiking, rock climbing, forest exploration, camping and other activities are adventurous here in Haiti over here.
• Dining in restaurants and cafes, like Café Cubano and casinos like El rancho and Casino Choucoune are the places to enjoy and relax.
• Shopping, Cultural tours, boating in the lakes etc., are other activities of the place.

Best time to visit / climate:
This place has a tropical wet and dry climate and wet season runs from March to November and rainfall in July and the rest of the three months is dry season. The best time to visit this place is January to March as during June to October this island is subjected to severe storms as this island lies in the middle of hurricane belt. It is best to visit in the Tropical maritime which has seasonal temperature variation.

Location on Google Maps:


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How to get there:
By plane: Port au Prince airport serves several major airlines–Air France, Spirit Air, American Airlines, Copa–and smaller flights from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and other spots in the Caribbean. Haiti at Port-au-Prince (PAP) at the Aéroport Toussaint L’Ouverture Airport or Aéroport International Cap-Haïtien in the North are the airports in Haiti.
From US, American Airlines, Delta and Spirit serve Port-au-Prince, Air Canada, Air France and Caribair, among others, also offer international flights to and from Port-au-Prince, Lynx Air flies from Fort Lauderdale and Miami to Cap-Haïtien and MFI (Missionary Flights International) fly to Cap also from Florida.
By bus: The northern highway, Route Nationale #1 (National Highway One), originates in Port-au-Prince. Getting in to the capital by bus is relatively easy from the Dominican Republic.

Getting around
By car: One can take rent –a-car from Hertz, Avis, etc.
By bus: The public taxis are called tap-tap which is like a van. These are most convenient form of travel around.

Haitian Creole Phraseboo Dominican Republic & Haiti (Country Travel Guide) Haiti After the Earthquake

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Restaurant
Hotels
Tripadvisor
Kayak.com
Travelpod

Blogs / Sites about Port au Prince:

aljazeera.net
expat-blog.com
http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/

Images and photos of Port au Prince:

Google Image Search
http://www.galenfrysinger.com/port_au_prince,_haiti.htm
pbase
Tripadvisor
Infohub

Videos of Port-au-Prince from youtube:

Driving in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Nightclubs of Port-au-Prince

Flying into Port-au-Prince

Caribbean Hotel Port au Prince Haiti




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