Cap-Haitien is Haiti second largest city, with the most beautiful sites in the entire country. The city is the Historic Capital of Haiti and the Birthplace of Jean Dominique Toussaint, also known as Toussaint Louverture, one of the most important figures of the Haitian history. Cap-Haitien will be 350 years old in 2020. If you are planning to visit soon, you should definitely visit these places.
1- Amiga Island
You’re just a quick scenic boat ride away to stunning Amiga Island, featuring one of the best beaches in the region. Whether you relax on the pristine white sand or swim in crystal-clear waters or both, you have a couple of hours to do exactly as you choose. Upon arrival, be greeted with a signature Amiga rum punch or fruit punch. From there, pick a seat in the sun or shade, hang out by the bar or cool off in the Caribbean Sea — all the while enjoying personalized service from an attentive staff. Coral formations and reefs are just a few yards away from the beach, and lovely panoramic views of the northern Haiti coastline are there for the gazing in the distance.
2- Cathedral Notre Dame Du Cap-Haitien
Haiti is home to some magnificent churches of the world. This beautiful church is located in Cap-Haitien and considered as an epitome of the rich history of the city. This stunning church was originally built in 1670. An earthquake in 1842 affected the church badly and so it was renovated between 1941 to 1942. Although the church has been closed for some time after the attack by some strangers, it is now safe under the pastoral responsibility of Bishop Max Leroy Mesidor. Plan a visit to this Roman Catholic church, and you won’t stop marveling at its majestic appearance.
3– The Citadelle
Sitting atop a lush green mountain south of Cap Haitien is the notable Citadelle Laferrière. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a large fortress dating back to 1805. The Citadelle is often viewed as a symbol of Haiti, as it was built by one of the country’s most prominent leaders, Henri Christophe. Visitors can rent a horse or hike the small trek up to the fortress by foot, stopping for drinks or souvenirs on the way. Once reaching the Citadelle, visitors can learn about the history of the structure along with the general history of Haiti while taking in magnificent views of the north coast.
4- The Sans Souci Palace
Built in 1810 and completed in 1813, the Sans Souci Palace is located in the town of Milot, Nord Department. Before the construction of Sans-Souci, Milot was a French plantation that Christophe had been in charge of during the Revolution. Infamous for his cruelty, and it is unknown how many laborers perished during construction of the palatial building. Now a ruin, the palace was once a bustling whirlwind of feasting and dancing, with grandiose gardens, artificial springs, and a system of waterworks. Enjoyed by many overseas guests, it had “the reputation of having been one of the most magnificent edifices of the West Indies.
Ocean front restaurant specializing in grilled foods and our original New York style pizza. Great place for music, dancing, and watching sports! The new, waterfront bar and restaurant is pirate-themed, with a spectacular view of Cap-Haïtien’s bay. It’s an ideal spot for a Haitian spaghetti breakfast or a burger (mains US$10 to US$25), but even better for the late-night parties fueled by compas music and the potent Buccaneer punch.