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Opinions

Haiti - daddy and the girls

Haiti - lady

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Practicals

Transport


Roads are in poor condition, so driving a car is risky, traffic jams are frequent.  Driving at night is particularly dangerous, as most vehicles run without lights.

Haiti - TukTuk-like Tap Tap with a cool guy

Haiti - public bus - v.j. photo

Food

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Haiti - BBQ lobster with rich side dishes - c.h. photo

Public safety


The number of crimes committed in the country is alarmingly high. The most common crimes are kidnappings and robberies, but the number of homicides and armed attacks has also increased significantly. 10% of abduction victims are foreign nationals.

For your safety, drive with closed windows and doors!

Haiti- police force

Haiti - Tourism police

Health

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Haiti - river ominously leading to the beach - v.j. photo

Others

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Haiti - Rapidite Bank - v.j. photo

Haiti - Labadee beach - m.t. photo

Background

Haiti - national flag

Destination in brief

Haiti is a Caribbean country located on Hispaniola Island neighbouring the Dominican Republic.

Size: 27,750 km² (10,714 mi²)

Capital city: Port-au-Prince

Population (in 2020): 11.4. million 

Language: French and Haitian Creole are the official languages- All Haitians speak Creole but only about 15% of the population speak fluent French (the urban elite, the more educated people)

Haitian Creole is based on French and on some African languages spoken by slaves brought from West Africa to work on plantations. Creole is not a French dialect or a “broken French.” It is a language in its own right with its vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation. 

Religion: 54% Roman Catholic, 28% Protestant

Political system: a republic, a multtiparty system, the President has more power than the government 

Currency: Haitian gourde (HTG)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020):790 USD

Most common surname:Jean (yes, surname) 


Geography

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Haiti - south-east coast - b.s. - photo

Climate

The rainy season runs from July to mid-November, and the hurricane season runs from June to November.

History

The natives Arawak/Taino used the names Ayiti or Hayiti for the entire island (the land of the present Dominican Republic included) that the Spanish renamed Hispaniola when Christopher Columbus discovered it. The Haiti part of Hispaniola got independence from France under the name of Saint-Domingue (1804). Then Haiti's founding father, Jean Jacques Dessalines, renamed it Hayiti or Ayiti in Haitian creole, in homage to the Taino ancestors, and the people are referred to as Ayisyen (Haitians), Haïtiens in French.

Haiti - founding father

Haiti - dry season - v.j. photo

Haiti - life - v.j. photo

Haiti - countryside - j.t. photo

Nowadays

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People

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Haiti - man with machete - v.j. photo

Attractions

The Palace of Sans-Souci

Haiti - the Palace of Sans-Souci (often called the Palace of Versailles of the Caribbean) - v.j. photo

Cap-Haïtien

Haiti - Cap‑Haïtien - Cathedral Notre-Dame of Cap‑Haïtien.

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