The North Region

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The North Department is a quintessential haven for Haiti’s deeply rooted traditions and cultural practices passed down from generation to generation. This region has always been considered a strategic position for homeland defenders; it’s also the location where famed General Toussaint L’ouverture headed a stronghold. In light of its glorious past, it is this guide’s duty to make sure visitors add the North department on their list of regions not to be missed when visiting Haiti.

Built by King Henri Christophe, Citadelle Laferrière built by King Henri Christophe is a majestic construction, a symbol of pride for Haitians around the world over and a tribute to Humanity’s great ingenuity. In the town of Milot, tourists should also visit the Sans Souci Palace, another one of King Henri’s grand masterpieces.

Because of its many natural, cultural, and historical relics, the North Department accommodates different types of tourism, including memory, cultural and ecological types. There are a number of libraries, museums, cinemas, theaters, cockfight arenas as well as public parks, restaurants and hotels in this region.

Just half an hour from the Cap Haitian port, in the adjacent Northeast department, the New Caracol Industrial Park is laid over 250 hectares, making it one of the largest industrial developments in the region. Opportunities are sure to attract those business travellers who might be looking for more than just vacation.

Cap-Haïtien

Known as Haiti’s second capital, Cap Haitian is the North department’s urban pole. Famous for its concentration of historical monuments, this city and its surrounding areas is one of a rare few Haitian cities thriving from their tourism-based economy. Picturesque Caribbean beaches and a long list of Haiti’s most famous monuments, including the world heritage site of Citadelle La Ferrière, have all contributed to making Cap Haitian a world- class vacation destination. In fact, Cap Haitian welcomes a greater number of international visitors than anywhere else in the country. This city of Cap Haitian is unique and its particularly well-preserved French colonial architecture is certainly worth a look. (Zoom Sur Haiti)

The Cap Haitian International Airport, the second largest in the country, offers several daily flights to and from Port-au-Prince as well as international flights to and from other neighboring areas such as Florida and Providenciales.

Parc National
The Historic National Park
Created by presidential decree in 1978, Haiti’s Historic National Park is located in the mountains of the North Department. It’s home to Citadelle La Ferrière, one of the most imposing fortresses built in the American continent. Also included in this park are the Sans Souci Palace, the Royal Parish Church or the Milot Chapel as it is known today, the Queen’s gardens as well as the King’s Palace. These universal symbols of liberty set against a lush natural setting are the first monuments of Haiti’s independence.

You’ll have to hike up some pretty steep hills (45 minutes) to reach Haiti’s legendary Citadel. For the less athletic visitors, locals in the area offer donkey or horseback rides up the to the Citadel to facilitate the climb up the hill. Pick up a souvenir for your friends and family; there are plenty of craft sellers offering that special keepsake that’s just right for you.

Labadee Village
Ranked among the most beautiful villages of Haiti, Labadie is known as the most stunning and exclusive stop in the Caribbean Sea. Located 5km northwest of Cap-Haitian, this fishing village is a private beach where Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship dock regularly. Labadie is only accessible by boat cruise. This magnificent village harbors remnants from the 18th century including a tavern at which pirates of the Caribbean used to stop in order to resupply their ships. Labadie isn’t your everyday tourist attraction.

Luckily, not far from this idyllic site, there are other hotels and beaches to visit; all of which are accessible by car. In particular, the luxurious Cormier hotel offers service and hospitality that rhyme with comfort and price.

Also, sea lovers with a thirst for adventure can catch a small boat taxi near the Labadie waters and venture off to discover other nearby and/or surrounding islands. Don’t forget to put on your life-jacket and bring plenty of water to keep you hydrated!

Limbé Museum
Commonly called the Museum of Arawak Art of Guahaba, this museum is located in the town of Limbé. Inside visitors can get a close look at pre-Columbian period artifacts, discovered during the archaeological excavations at Puerto Real (a town built in 1503 during the Spanish colonization). The Limbé Museum is dedicated to indigenous artifacts of the Native American Arawak / Taïno tribes. These tribes inhabited the region before the arrival of African slaves.

Clairin Distilleries of the North
Clairin is a sugarcane-based spirit locally produced using traditional methods. Similar to rum, it is a type of moonshine that is legally produced in Haiti. Clairin is made from the same distillation process used to make rum, although Clairin does not go through the refining processes that separate the various alcohol types produced with fermentation.

You can visit many Clairin distilleries in Haiti’s North Department and discover a practice, which dates back to the colonial era and still plays a fundamental role in this region’s economy.

The traditional process and antique equipment used are quite fascinating. You’ll also have the pleasure of tasting the final product; proceed with caution, as Clairin is a very strong alcoholic beverage. Designated drivers should abstain from tasting and folks with little or no drinking experience should drink with moderation.

The Mint Museum
Located in Cap Haitian, the Numismatic Museum was inaugurated by the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH), in 2012. Aiming to highlight Haitian numismatic heritage, the museum exhibits a comprehensive collection of all the coins and banknotes that have circulated in Haiti from the period before the first European colonists arrived in America to contemporary times. The museum’s collection of coins introduces visitors to the genesis and progression of the Haitian monetary unit, the Gourde, whose name comes from “peso gordo” (heavy weight). Notes and coins are exposed alongside a narrative of their respective histories.

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Hôtel Mont-Joli
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