What to do and see in Haiti: The Best Places and Tips

December 20, 2017 Mollie Coke

Haiti from Caribbean region, is best know for Historic Sites. Discover best things to do in Haiti with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Haiti

1. The Citadelle

Milot, Cap-Haitien, Haiti +509 34 28 4386
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 378 reviews

The Citadelle

Reviewed By Tyson M - Lafayette, Indiana

Amazing history and architecture. Breathtaking photo spots. And a really cool trip up the hill.
You will be bombarded by locals selling their goods at the base, but just a firm no and keep walking will suffice.
You have two choices for going up the hill; walking or horses. I would suggest horses unless you are really fit and used to changes in air. You will have to pay for the horses and then tip your guides, as they are not paid for leading for horse. They might badger you for more money, but don't feel pressured.

2. Papillon Enterprise

Rue Cassagnol Prolongee #14 | Delmas 75, Port-au-Prince, Haiti +509 31 94 1267
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 93 reviews

Papillon Enterprise

Papillon Enterprises is a socially & ecologically conscious business with a Mission of stimulating the Haitian economy by selling and marketing Haitian artisan goods. We offer a beautiful and safe shopping experience with a variety of locally made products. Grab a fresh made smoothie, or coffee drink while you shop.

Reviewed By haiti2016 - Burlington, Canada

Everything about this store/cafe/pizzeria makes me happy. The people, the history, the products. I would suggest if you take a "team" you make enough time to give them some information about how Papillon came to be and educate them on why keeping families together is so important. The products are well-made and great quality. I have been ordering online in between my trips and paying to have products shipped to Canada because they make great gifts!

3. Bassin Bleu

outside Jacmel, Jacmel 9110, Haiti +509 37 18 7966
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

Bassin Bleu

Reviewed By C T - Hollywood, Florida

There are so many beautiful places in Haiti especially when it comes to natural beauty. These Waterfalls and "bassins" are no different. So beautiful, such an amazing experience, but you have to work a little bit to get there. definitely need to be of moderate hike ability to get there, because it is a little haul to get to all of the three bassins. When you do finally get there, absolutely takes your breath away. I would so do it again on my next trip to Haiti. Most adventurous, was the trip in the bus crossing the shallow river to get up the mountain. Gorgeous!

4. Museum Ogier-Fombrun

Rte National #1 Kilometre 77 | Moulin sur Mer Hotel, Montrouis, Cotes des Arcadins, Haiti +509 37 02 1918
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Museum Ogier-Fombrun

The Ogier-Fombrun Museum will greet you with stories dating from the pre-colombian indian era to colonial times of 1794, when Haiti used to be the largest producer of sugar in the Caribbean.The property is an authentic sugar cane plantation whose ruins were totally recovered by the work of Architect Gerard Fombrun during more than 35 years of personal involvement. The authentic stone aqueduct which still exists, continues to run water to a gigantic 20 feet wooden wheel which was used to extract the juice from the cane.The "Etuve", which was used to heat up the "melasse", still exists and is reminiscent of a rich past.

Reviewed By Roodlande J

This place is so breathtaking when you onto the property! So much history! The guide Lindsey was extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant. They provide you with shot of Barbancourt before the tour and parting gifts after the tour. Lindsey - if you're Reading this Nose Door :)

5. Musee du Pantheon National Haitien

Avenue de La Republique, Port-au-Prince 6113, Haiti 509 128337
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 197 reviews

Musee du Pantheon National Haitien

Reviewed By Frantz Gabriel N - Port-au-Prince, Haiti

At the Mupanah one get a real glimpse of the diversity of Haitian history. Pre-Colombus history, the genocide of the natives, the slave trade, the battle for independence and the different period (monarchy and republic). One gets a little idea of the diversity of the haitian art in a part of this museum.
A tour at Mupanah rich in history and a memorable moment

6. Labadee

Haiti 867-5309
Excellent
46%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Labadee

An area located in northern Haiti that is famous for its striking natural beauty and great Beaches.

Reviewed By Mary M - Toronto, Canada

This was one of the stops on our 7 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise with RCI. Apparently it is exclusively for RCI cruise passengers. We went ashore on a warm, cloudy rainy day but the sun did finally come through. Not having much information about this port of call, we went ashore with only our sunscreen and seapass card. We took no money or credit cards. When we walked to the beach (North?) we were met by workers who found us a clear spot on the beach and then proceeded to get us lounge chairs and even hung/laid the towels out on the chairs for us. Not having taken any $ we had nothing to tip with - had we known of this service and the expectation to tip - we felt bad about this. These guys work hard and deserve a tip. There was also a market place which as far as we could tell only took cash or credit cards whereas everything else on the island that you were to pay for was paid with your Seapass card. The cruise line should make this clear. There was also food available on the island/beach but I thought this was an extra cost so didn't partake of the food offerings - my husband thought this was included but we had made no plans to eat there anyway so I'm still not sure if this was included or not. Again more clarity by the cruise line would have been good. The beach we were at was very stony (large rocks under the water too) and sea weedy. While the beach itself was nice, going in and out of the water was not comfortable or enjoyable. Apparently we were told later that we should have gone to the other (South?) beach (the ones you can see from the ship and the dock - veer right when you get onto land instead of left) and these Beaches are groomed and maintained. My husband believes that these are the Beaches you have to pay extra for, so again we didn't go in that direction. Had we done so, even if we had to pay a little more, it would have been a much more enjoyable stop.

7. Cathedrale Notre Dame de Cap Haitien

Centreville, Cap-Haitien, Haiti +509 38 29 6279
Excellent
44%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 69 reviews

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Cap Haitien

Reviewed By Tomek K - New York City, New York

The best part of the Cathedral is the dome, seen from the outside. Its facade is rather stark and so is the interior. However, the plaza in front of the Cathedral seems to be the center of the city with some governmental buildings around. Definitely pay a visit, but don't despair if it's closed (it opens at 5pm on days other than holidays) - you're not missing that much.

8. National History Park - Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers

Haiti
Excellent
58%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

National History Park - Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers

Reviewed By Philippe M

I've read a lot about Sans Souci Palace and I'm glad I went!
Hired a local guide. It was helpful but not indispensable.
The old man ended up asking five times more than he initially asked for. I gave him the initial price we initially agreed on.
Beatiful part of Haitien's history!

9. Marche de Fer

Cnr Grand Rue & Rue des Fronts Forts, Port-au-Prince 0000, Haiti
Excellent
25%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 102 reviews

Marche de Fer

This is not the Marche de Fer in Port-au-Prince. I've tried to add this listing and some idiot keeps on sending me a link saying it's been added, linking to the Marche de Fer, PaP.There used to be dozens of these all over Haiti, but now only a few still exist. Jacmel's, similar to the one in Cap Haitian, is hidden away in the central colonial zone. If you don't make your way up the steep, windy and narrow streets, you'll miss it. Unlike the market in Port-au-Prince, there aren't any tourists here, as it is used for the same reason it was built 150 years ago, Haitians selling basic needs, like food and clothing, to other Haitians.

Reviewed By RichardQ_11 - Blainville, Canada

This is a special market! One place to visit for sure in Port au Prince without any doubt. This place is a real Caphanaüm but the people and vendor a real negotiators. We visited in February 2017 and it's a real eye opener for us. There's a lot of Haitian artwork but everything seems to repeat itself from aisle to aisle.

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