Haiti is a sovereign state located on the island of Hispaniola in the Carribean Sea. Nearly eleven million people live in the country; it is the second-most populous state in the Caribbean. For years, Haiti has been in the news for natural disasters and the following consequences for the impoverished population. However, it was not always like that. In the seventies, Haiti was an important tourist destination, but political struggles in later decades and subsequent embargos led to a decline of the tourism industry.
Nowadays, amongst the government’s top priorities is developing a thriving tourist sector to help the economy out of the permanent crisis. Even if it is not well-developed, tourism is still one of the main sources of revenue for the Caribbean Island. It is not comparable to its neighbouring country, Dominican Republic. A big advantage of Haiti is its unspoilt nature, featuring soaring mountains and dramatic waterfalls. One of the reasons why it is still intact is because there has been little development for decades. A lack of working infrastructure and public transport makes it difficult for foreigners to get around. Therefore, probably the best option to explore the country is a guided and escorted tour.
The tropical climate in Haiti is hot and humid. In summer, July and August, the temperatures can reach up to thirty-five degrees Celsius. Throughout the year, the average maximum temperature is around thirty degrees Celsius. There is a bigger difference between day and night though; at night, the temperatures mostly are over twenty degrees Celsius. The rainfall pattern is diverse -- there is heavier rainfall in parts of the lowlands as well as the northern and eastern slopes of the mountains. Generally, there are two wet seasons -- from April to June and September to November. Hurricanes are a menace, as well; hurricane season occurs from June to October.
There is a broad variety of hotels, guesthouses, and some hostels in Haiti. The more expensive places offer everything you'd expect from an accommodation of higher quality, including free Wi-Fi and large swimming pools. The capital Port-au-Prince has a large offer of hotels and currently there are options for a Haiti hostel available, as well. Your Haiti hostel in Port-au-Prince provides fans and mosquito nets and even free Wi-Fi as well; light breakfast and dinner are included.
One of the top sights in Haiti is the famous Citadelle Laferrière in Nord. Henri Christophe, who was one of the key leaders during the successful Haitian slave rebellion, built this large mountaintop fortress in the nineteenth century. Back then, the construction of the complex employed over twenty thousand people and held supplies to sustain the royal family. It boasts four-metre-thick walls that can be up to forty metres high. The impressive fortress covers an area of ten thousand square metres and it is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive Sans-Souci Palace in the town of Milot is located approximately five kilometres northeast of the Citadelle Laferrière. The ruined complex used to be the royal residence of Henri Christophe. It is considered the most important of the palaces built by Henri Christophe, also known as King Henri I. Located in the mountains, around twelve kilometres northwest of Jacmel, Bassin Bleu is a series of three natural swimming pools linked by waterfalls. Those cobalt-blue swimming holes are considered to be the prettiest in Haiti.
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