Top 15 Best Things to do in Haiti

What are the top tourist attractions in Haiti?

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Haiti Bucket List: 15 Best Places to Visit in Haiti

Haiti is a country that receives thousands of international tourists every year. People come here to experience the unspoiled beauty of nature, experience the unmatched hospitality of the locals, eat authentic Haitian delicacies, travel to enjoy the breathtaking sceneries, and of course, immerse themselves in the beautiful culture and tradition of the Haitian people.

Sunset - Best Things to do in Haiti photo via Pixabay
Sunset – Best Things to do in Haiti photo via Pixabay

There are countless ways to experience and landmarks to witness during your stay in the beautiful country of Haiti. From mesmerizing natural wonders to ancient architecture, you will surely fall in love with this country in no time! So, without further ado, here are the 15 Best Things to do in Haiti:

Experience Goosebumps at the La Citadelle la Ferriere

La Citadelle la Ferriere photo via Pixabay
La Citadelle la Ferriere photo via Pixabay

Starting our memorable adventure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is considered an icon of Haiti as a Caribbean nation. That’s right, La Citadelle la Ferriere is a 19th-century fortress built on a mountaintop in Nord, Haiti. It was made by tens of thousands of Haitian slaves as a defensive strategy against a potential French incursion. This historical structure serves as a top tourist destination for people worldwide, with breathtaking views of the beautiful Haitian skyline.

Learn More About Voodoo in Haut Saut-d’Eau

Saut-d'Eau Waterfall by Jstplace via Wikipedia CC
Saut-d’Eau Waterfall By Jstplace – Own work, Public Domain, CC

Next up, this is one of the most exciting things about the culture of Haiti, Voodoo. Well, it sounds creepy for most people, but if you’re in for an adventure and loves to know more about these kinds of things, then you should probably attend the annual Voodoo Festival at Haut Saut-d’Eau. Oh, and there’s also a hidden gem within this place called the Saut-d’Eau Waterfalls, which is believed to have been created after the devastating magnitude 7 earthquake in 1842. Cool, huh?

Explore the Sans-Soucis Palace

Palais Sans Souci by Iconem via Wikipedia CC
Palais Sans Souci By Iconem – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

Haiti is full of royal palaces that now serve as iconic tourist attractions in the country. One of those fantastic places is the Sans-Soucis Palace which used to be the royal quarters of the great Henri Christophe, the King of Haiti.

Be One with Nature in the Furcy Forest

Of course, Haiti is surrounded by countless natural wonders, perfect for people who want to have a memorable adventure! That’s right, a popular hiking and exploration trail is a forest located between Furcy and Seguin. The Furcy Forest is covered with lush greenery and challenging trails, which will all make you admire the beauty of nature even more.

Have a Relaxing Time at the Labadee

Labadee Island Haiti photo via Pixabay
Labadee Island Haiti photo via Pixabay

Ah yes, Labadee Island in Haiti is probably one of the most beautiful creations of nature you will ever find on our planet. It is actually a private destination for Royal Caribbean guests located on the northern coast of Haiti. Feel free to witness the white sand beaches with pristine and crystal clear waters touching your feet. You can also go and be mesmerized by the majestic sunset with your loved ones.

Stroll Along the Grand Rue Musee d’Art

The next thing you should do is drop by the famous Grand Rue Musee d’Art, which houses some of the biggest Haitian culture and art collections. Feel free to tour around and admire unique creations such as sculptures, paintings, carvings, mechanical figures, and many more. Of course, some of these are made of skeletons, bones, skulls, and Voodoo!

Hike the Pic La Selle

Your vacation certainly wouldn’t be complete without hiking Haiti’s highest peak, the Pic La Selle. With an elevation of 2,680 meters above sea level and a thriving ecosystem within its territory, the mountain has become a favorite hiking haven for local and international enthusiasts.

Fall in Love with the Gelee Beach

Gelee Beach by MichelleWalz via Flickr CC
Gelee Beach by MichelleWalz via Flickr CC

That’s right, Haiti has a lot more to offer, so buckle up! Gelee Beach is probably one of the most popular beach destinations in the country simply because of its undeniable beauty. It is a tropical paradise thriving with a beautiful creamy white sand beach, tall coconut trees, turquoise waters, and it’s surrounded by tons of merchants and establishments offering you tasty delicacies!

Be Mesmerized by the Bassin Bleu

Bassin Bleu by HOPE Art via Wikipedia CC
Bassin Bleu By HOPE Art – BB_web-14, CC BY 2.0, CC

Ah yes, this next destination is probably a sight too good to see. It’s like a setting straight out from a Lord of the Rings movie! The Bassin Bleu Waterfalls is an iconic tourist destination in Haiti simply because of its majestic beauty. With beautiful rock formations and turquoise blue, cold waters around you, who could even resist taking a dip or dive?

Show Your Guts at the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line

Dragon’s Breath Flight Line photo via FB Page
Dragon’s Breath Flight Line photo via FB Page

Oh yes, if you’re looking for an adventure that you’ll never forget, then you might as well show up at the famous Dragon’s Breath Flight Line in Labadee! Yes, it has a zipline with a length of 2,600 feet situated at the height of more than 500 feet above sea level! Yeah! Unleash the daredevil in you as you zip line your way towards an exclusive scenery of the Labadee and its surrounding forests and mountains!

Drop by the Site des Ramiers

Suit yourself because there are definitely still a lot of things to look forward to! Next on the list is another fortress considered the largest in the entire western hemisphere, the Site des Ramiers. It is so large that numbers 1 and 3 on this list (Sans Souci Palace and La Citadelle la Ferriere) are situated within it. Crazy, right? But it’s true! So feel free to admire these beautiful creations as you dive deeper into the rich culture and history of the Haitian people.

Visit the Atis Rezistans

Yeah, you should’ve already realized that Voodoo is a big part of Haiti’s culture by this time. And the next destination will pretty much capitalize on that. The Atis Rezistans is a unique place where several masterpieces depicting the Haitian culture are made using piles of junkyards and recyclable materials. Interesting, right? Wait ’til you actually see it!

Discover the Forts of Dessalines

You might have noticed that countless fortifications are established within the country. Well, that’s because the people of Haiti were in continuous pursuit of their independence, and it was finally achieved thanks to a man named Jean-Jacques Dessalines. He declared the independence of Haiti in 1804, which is why he’s more than worthy of being named after an entire functioning town. Feel free to wander around this town and admire the culture and history behind it.

Experience Haiti’s Cuisine

Haitian griot, a traditional meal by Lea Kim Chateauneuf via Wikipedia CC
Haitian griot, a traditional meal by Lea Kim Chateauneuf via Wikipedia CC

Apart from countless locations where you can enjoy and have a memorable vacation in Haiti, another thing you shouldn’t miss is trying their famous cuisine called the Creole Cuisine. So feel free to have a gastronomic feast, Haitian style!

Wander Around Fort Jacques

Finally, another fortress lying around the city that served a significant purpose in history is named after Jean Jacques Dessalines. It is also full of iconic spots and landmarks where you can have an enjoyable guided hike and tour across the territories of Fort Jacques.

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