Haiti is the Caribbean's signature destination. One visit to Haiti is never enough and every visit is an adventure. Here is our list of the top 12 must see/ must do activities in Haiti.
1. In Port au Prince, tour the National Palace and the Champs de Mars. Don't forget to take a picture with the Nèg Mawon. If you love traditional Haitian music, treat yourself to a RAM concert at the Oloffson Hotel.
2. Enjoy Haiti's art. Beautiful artwork can de seen everywhere. Don't miss the art of the great Masters hidden inside the Saint Trinity Episcopal Church.
3. Drive. Only the most skilled drivers can handle the challenge of Haiti's rugged terrain. Haiti is 4X4 country! Test your skills by driving on the Road to Pestel. Along the way, enjoy the scenic drive from Aquin through St. Louis Du Sud, Cavaillon, and to Aux Cayes. This experience is enhanced by listening to some great Haitian Music as you drive.
4. Go to Cap-Haitian and Milot and climb to the top of the Citadelle. At the top of Pik Feray, you will be approximately 3,000 feet above sea level and will experience the powerful feeling of being at the summit of where the Revolution to end slavery began.
5. If Pik Feray was not dizzying enough, imagine yourself to be a Haitian Mountain Maroon (a Nèg Mawon), and try hiking to Pik Makaya and Pik Lasèl which are at 8000 and 9000 feet above sea level.
6. Visit the City of Jacmel. Locate Savann Zonbi. Time your visit to coincide with Carnaval or the Film Festival.
7. Visit Haiti's rice basket, the Artibonite Valley, and see where the local rice brought by the Mende people of West Africa is grown. This is Azaka Mede country.
8. Go swimming and snorkeling at the beach in Labadi. Haiti's underwater mountains are just as spectacular as the ones that stretch towards the sky.
9. Go on the Pilgrimage to Sodo.
10. Cruise or sail to one of the Haitian Islands: La Vache, Lagonav, Latortue, or Cayemite.
11. Attend a service at a Lakou: Souvnans, Badjo, Soukri...
12. Taste Rum at the Barbancourt Castle. Don't forget to drop a few drops on the ground in remembrance of the Ancestors. Now find a good restaurant and eat a spicy Creole Haitian Organic meal with friends and family.