Cap-Haitien is getting ready to celebrate its 350 anniversary next year; yet, like every summer the city will be receiving thousands of visitors, local and international tourists. This year, the summer will be distinct as the city will be hosting the first annual Tourism Innovation Summit, the largest tourism event in Haiti and one of the largest in the whole Caribbean. You will be able to enjoy several activities offered by local businesses and directly invest in the local economy. If you are traveling to Haiti through Port-au-Prince, you should know that Cap-Haitien is only 30 minutes away, and Sunrise Airways makes it even more comfortable with a daily flight from the Capital. Now let’s go over the list of the five fun things we think you should do while you are in Cap-Haitien.
Visit Amiga Island
A boat ride to Amiga Island, this is a unique island in Cap-Haitien, designed to welcome travelers from around the world. Thousands have visited every year, and they call it the magic place of Cap-Haitien. There are several companies that offer their services to the Island including “ddd” with Stephane, but you can also use the local Boat, you should see them once you arrive at the Labadee Station.
Happy-Hours at Le Mont Joli
Le Mont Joli is a historic hotel in the heart of Cap-Haitien, with a view of the sea and the city. They recently started this activity where you can go, enjoy a good Haitian-troubadour while enjoying local beers like Prestige and great local food with the special hotel chef. You may want to connect with them via their facebook page to plan accordingly.
Jogging to Rival
Be part of the local tradition, during the summer Capoise enjoy running, and a place like the Boulevard makes it amazingly interesting to do so. Rue 5 Boulevard, is where they usually start, and everything stops at Rival with a view on the beach. A pleasant ambiance, if you did not experience it before, this summer is probably the best time to do so.
Visit Sans Souci and Citadelle
Many believe this is a unique experience in the whole Caribbean; no other countries in the Caribbean can claim such historical and majestic sites. Built in the 18th century, Citadelle and Sans Souci were the homes of the only Caribbean Emperor and King, Henri the 1st, also known as Henri Christophe.
Visit Cathédrale Notre Dame de Cap-Haïtien
A typical colonial style cathedral standing tall over a cobblestone square. Inside, an almost all-white interior enhances the sense of spaciousness with tall white arches supporting the high dome-shaped ceiling. Two side naves accompany a central nave where wooden pews lead down toward a central altar. If the church is closed, try hiring a guide to gain inside access.