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[Caribbean Travel] Haiti: Port-au-Prince

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Port-au-Prince is the capital of Haiti. The city’s name is French for “Prince’s Port”. The city plays a central role in the Haitian economy, and in recent years the population has continued to concentrate in the capital. It is said that one-fourth of Haiti’s population lives in this city, and the population influx is expected to continue.

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place

Port-au-Prince is a city located in the southern part of Haiti.

history

The island is said to have never been inhabited until Columbus discovered it. The Spaniards occupied and ruled the land. However, after that, Spain abandoned the occupation for a while because it was attacked by France and England. After that, it came to be ruled by France and trade using black slaves flourished. Haiti became independent in 1804 with British aid. Since the 20th century, civil war has continued between the dictatorship and dissidents, and the country has been impoverished.

climate

Port-au-Prince has a hot and humid climate. Summers are very hot and muggy, while winters are very warm. Temperatures range from 18°C to 33°C throughout the year.

language

Haiti’s official languages are French and Haitian. French is used in public institutions and businesses.

security

Armed clashes are common, with years of clashes between dictatorships and rebels. Public transportation has stopped, and companies and supermarkets have closed, so be careful. The slums are dangerous because many gangs are active.

industry

As Port-au-Prince is a port city, trade is very active. It is the center of the Haitian economy and exports cement, soap, and textiles.

Race

95% of Haitians are black. Others are Arab and Caucasian.

religion

95% of the population is Christian. Catholicism is also the state religion in Haiti.

currency

Gould is used in Haiti.

Sightseeing Spot 1 : Musee du Pantheon National Haïtien

The museum is a large museum with a wide variety of exhibits. Paintings, art, and stone statues are also on display, so you’ll never get bored.

Sightseeing Spot 2 : Marche de Fer

This market is probably the largest in Haiti. There are many shops, and it is a place where many locals gather. It is a market that sells a variety of things, including food and daily necessities.

Sightseeing Spot 3 : Notre Dame Cathedral Ruins

Ruins of Notre Dame Cathedral in Port-au-Prince. However, most of them have collapsed and collapsed, so they are just ruins.

Sightseeing Spot 4 : El-Saieh Gallery

A gallery in Haiti, where many works from Haiti are exhibited. There are many exhibits, so it is a recommended place for those who like art.

Sightseeing Spot 5 : One Stop Supermarket

A famous supermarket in Port-au-Plan. A wide variety of products are sold. This is where the locals come to shop.

Sightseeing Spot 6 : Barbancourt Rum Distillery

Speaking of Haiti, it’s rum. The distillery has a guided tour, but the explanation is in French. You can also sample rum here.

Hotel

Port-au-Prince has plenty of accommodation options. The nearest airport is Toussaint Louverture International Airport. You can book flights and accommodation from the link below. Other languages are also supported.

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