Haiti Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 38%, Haiti usually isn't the first place that you think of when contemplating a relaxing Caribbean vacation. With a dark history of voodoo, coups, poverty, lawlessness, and natural disasters, the island may in fact be on the list of places NOT to go. However, the reality is - as always - somewhere in between. There's no denying that Haiti has faced many challenges, but intrepid PlanetHoppers! could help turn things around, because the simple fact of the matter is that Haiti has many worthwhile things to see. Easily topping this list is the UNESCO-listed Sans Souci Ruins & Citadelle, the former palace and fortress of the late King Henry I built in his bid to surpass the French in opulence and then protect himself within a mountaintop fortress in fear of reprisal. But perhaps the most interesting thing about Haiti is the fact that it is the only Caribbean island where African slaves successfully revolted against their Colonial masters. This has resulted in a rich culture, where Western African voodoo is more of a religion than the nefarious cult portrayed on the silver screen. The practice of voodoo can be explored by visiting the Voodoo Temples of Jacmel, where you can speak directly with one of the religion's priests or priestesses and come to a better understanding of what Haiti's national religion is all about. As a Caribbean island, Haiti is not without its own share of natural wonders. Labadee is famous for its striking natural beauty, great beaches, and snorkeling spots. While Haiti faces many hurdles, if you come here with an open mind, you will be able to fully appreciate what it has to offer.
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Witness the amazing influence that the French had when you tour the ruins of Haiti's Sans-Souci Palace, a classically designed 19th century structure that could have been plucked straight from Europe and set down in the sun-drenc....
|Coordinates:||19 00 N, 72 25 W|
|Main Languages:||French, Haitian Creole|
|Government:||Unitary Semi-presidential Republic|
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