Cap-Haitien Haiti Datasheet And City Guide – Overview
Cap-Haitien or Le-Cap is located on the northern coast of Haiti. After Port-au-Prince, it is the largest city in Haiti. It has a long history dating back to French colonial times.
There are basically two ways in: plane and bus. Hugo Chavez International Airport is a few minutes from downtown.
My fiend and I took the Caribe tours bus from Santiago, Dominican Republic. Caribe tours handles all of the boarder entry fees which is 25 dollars going into Haiti and 20 dollars on the return to Dominican Republic. You have to pay in US dollars….cash no credit card accepted. In total it was about 95 dollars for the roundtrip, which included all the fees.
Buses depart 11:30 am from Santiago and return at 8 am. There is one hour time zone difference between Haiti and Dominican Republic. Caribe tours will take your passport at the boarder. This is the process so be prepared for it.
The buses are air-conditioned and clean. The ride to and from Santiago was about 6 hours. However, the travel time will depend on how busy the boarder crossing is. Upon my return the boarder was absolute chaos. Apparently there is a huge market and UN drop off at the boarder on Tuesdays and Fridays. You will see hoards of people carrying anything they could get their hands on from dead chickens to plastic chairs to basic supplies.
The city is small enough that you can walk to most places, but motor-taxis are readily available. Downtown is full of dilapidated French colonial architecture. The nicest beach is Labadie, located about 5 miles northwest of the city.
I recommend Hostellerie du Roi Christophe, which is a converted colonial mansion. It is within walking distance of the Caribe Tour bus station. The hotel was empty except for a small wedding. Breakfast is included in the price. No taxi is needed to get there. This is one of the best hotels with rates at about 140 U.S. dollars per night.
We walked around a bit at night looking for places to eat and drink. We never felt unsafe at any point and the Haitians seemed to largely ignore us.
I recommend Lakay, one of the best restaurants with a mix of Haitian and American food. Dinner should run about $8-$10 per person.
Despite and abysmal situation in Haiti and extreme poverty, women take pride in their appearance. Limited basic resources leaves little disposable money cosmetics and fashion. Haitian women work well with what they have. Some of the women are quite attractive with some of the nicest asses you will see. If interested in Haitian women, you are better off meeting these women in Dominican Republic.
I have met a few hot Haitian women on DominicanCupid.com.
Unless you have been to sub-Sahara Africa, nothing will prepare you for the level poverty in Cap-Haitien. The poverty and sheer garbage in the streets and water is mind blowing. Despite the poverty and my friend and I being the only white people, the Haitians seem to be utterly indifferent to us. I never felt threatened or in danger at any point.
I was all too happy to return back to Dominican Republic. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never do again. Dominican Republic felt like Nirvana upon our return. No reading or pictures online will prepare you for how desperate and hopeless Cap Haitien is. The level of poverty, lack of infrastructure and uncleanliness is off the charts. Despite our comfortable travel accommodations and transportation, this is not a trip for the novice traveler. The surroundings and poverty will take a toll on you emotionally.