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Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Port-au–Prince, the city that sits on the Gulf of Gonâve, is Haiti’s capital and largest city. It is the center for trade and transportation and is currently home to around 600 thousand inhabitants or more. The University of Haiti is located here.

Port-au-Prince is a city of color, from the rich, dark brown skin of Haitians to the deep blue roofs of its many churches. Contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of things to do and sights to see in Haiti. Relax while exploring African-inspired art, music, and dance, or get your first glimpse of Haiti’s famous voodoo culture. Haitian cuisine is a must-try. Try your hand at French and Creole cuisine with a Haitian twist for an unforgettable gustatory experience. Visit the National Palace in upscale Petionville, which was rebuilt in 1918, the Cathedral de Port-au-Prince, one of the many churches in the island that stands as a witness to the country’s deep Catholic roots, and marvel at the talent of Haiti’s artists at the Musee & Art Haitian du College Saint-Pierre.

Most bus terminals are located in the city, and from there you can go anywhere in the island. Buses are usually old school US buses or the local version, taptaps. Drive at your own risk, as drivers drive on the opposite side of the road, which is more often than not full of potholes. Take the bus instead, because aside from being a cheaper alternative, it is also a good way to mingle with the locals. You can also try the taxis, which are relatively cheap. You can spot a Haitian taxi by a red ribbon hanging from its front mirror. Safety is always a risk in Haiti. Travelers are advised to always travel in groups at all times.

A tourist visa is not required for stays no longer than 3 months. Processing can be done at the Haitian embassy in your country.