WATER AND ELECTRICITY
Hotels and restaurants provide purified water in a pitcher or thermos. But, avoid tap water! Drink only bottled or filtered water. Haiti has conventional 110 volt, 60 cycle alternating current permitting use of standard North American appliances. Many businesses and consumers rely on back-up generators to supply electricity due to constant energy shortages.
WHAT TO WEAR
Usually wear informal, comfortable, lightweight clothes in Haiti and some heavier-weight outerwear for the mountains. By day, you'll need casual summer sportswear and bathing suits. At night, you may dress up or stay as casual as you like. For best occasions, formal attire is a must!
If you plan a trek into the mountains, the countryside or to the Citadelle, wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and sturdy pants or jeans. A sweater or light jacket is suggested.
The Haitian attitude toward clothes is definitely not to let it all hang out.” The mode of dress tends to be informal, conservative and well-groomed. While “anything goes” may be fine at your hotel, dress casually but reasonably elsewhere.
Cap Lamandou Hotel, Jacmel
Lobster and French fries, Port-Salut
February - March
March - April
Independence Day and New Year's Day
Carnival or Mardi Gras - three days before Ash Wednesday
Flag and University Day
Anniversary of Dessalines Death
All Saints' Day
All Souls' Day
Commemoration of the Battle of Vertières
The following airlines operate in Haiti: American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Air Canada, Air Transat, Air France, Spirit Airlines, Copa Air, Air Jamaica, Carib Air, Lynx Air International, Air Guadeloupe, American Eagle.
Regional airlines and charter services provide regular flights to the following cities: Cap-Haitien, Jérémie, Les Cayes and Port-de-Paix.
CHURCHES AND RELIGIONS
In Haiti, there is a complete freedom of religious worship. However, Catholicism enjoys a special position and has continued to predominate since its early introduction into the country.
The other important religions are: Protestant Episcopal, Vodou, Baptist, Adventist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Jehovah Witness. Judaism and Muslim are somewhat noticeable in Port-au-Prince.
Be it a modern, luxury hotel with all the amenities, a cozy guest house nestled high up in the hills, or a beach resort, Haiti offers the kind of hospitality and warm, friendly service that is rapidly disappearing from much of the world. Most hotels, guest houses and resorts in Haiti are personally operated by an owner-manager. Each has its own personality and special charm. The majority of the hotels are in Port-au-Prince and Pétion-Ville, with the remainder in Cap Haitien, Jacmel, Jérémie, Les Cayes and the Arcahaie Beach area. Peak season is from December 16 to April 15. Substantial rate reductions are offered between April 16 and December 15.
DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT
There is an extraordinary rich and diverse choice of culinary experience in Haiti. Dining is available at most hotels and a very large variety of local restaurants serve everything from the most elegant Continental cuisine to the native Haitian Creole dishes. Hotels welcome outside guests for lunch or dinner and offer a selection of French, Creole, and international cuisine.
Most hotels have a list of private doctors available in case of emergency. Private hospitals are available as well as certain public facilities. For your convenience, several drugstores and pharmacies are available.
Transportation can be frustrated for visitors because it relies mostly on local city bus known as tap-tap. Private taxis and Rental cars can be found from reputable agencies. Be forewarned: road signs and maps are limited; GPS services are not available.
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