Skip Navigation

Port-au-Prince

Photo © Lavafalls

Travel Guide Caribbean Haiti Port-au-Prince

edit

Introduction

Port Au Prince

Port Au Prince

© All Rights Reserved Lavafalls

Port-au-Prince is the capital and largest city in Haiti with a total population of about 1.1 million in the city, 1.8 million in the larger metropolitan area. It is located in the south of the country on a bay of the Gulf of Gonâve. Despite being the cultural, economic and political capital, the city is not really a focus for many travellers. Although there is a small but steady stream of visitors, the city and the country as a whole remain politically unstable and some parts of the city, especially the parts outside of the fine centre, are best avoided. The city also suffered a terrible earthquake in January of 2010 which destroyed large portions of the cities including the major infrastructure.

Top

edit

Neighbourhoods

  • Petion-Ville - a wealthy suburb in the hills to the south of Port-au-Prince, with many restaurants, bars, hotels and shops (officially a separate town).
  • Delmas
  • Cite Soleil - a large area of informal settlement and slums. Previously notorious for gangs, the area is now accessible but still dangerous.
  • Carrefour - a large and densely populated town to the west of Port-au-Prince (officially a separate town).
  • Croix-des-Bouquets
  • Bel-Air
  • Santo

Top

edit

Sights and Activities

Painting For Sale at Boutillier

Painting For Sale at Boutillier

© All Rights Reserved Lavafalls

Shopping For Art

Painters, metal workings and wood workers are found everywhere in Haiti. The easiest place to purchase great colorful Haitian art is in Port-au-Prince. Painters hang their work all over the city hoping to sell it. Many sell similar pieces or sell paint by numbers work. However there are plenty of original pieces to be found. Remember that all pieces can be bargained and the art is very good. Since the earthquake many artists have started to incorporate images and feelings from the quake and these pieces can be very powerful.

Boutillier

At the top of the highest point of Port-au-Prince, near all the cellphone towers, is the scenic overlook of Boutillier. This wonderful view allows a visitor to see the entire city and the surrounding area. The only way to get up to this scenic overlook is by private driver and is well worth it. There are also several local artists selling their work here also.

Top

edit

Weather

Port-au-Prince enjoys a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather for most of the year. Temperatures as well as rainfall are highest between May and November. December to April is slightly cooler but with far less rain. Temperatures are roughly around 30 °C during the day and still above 20 °C at night.

Top

edit

Getting There

By Plane

Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) near Port-au-Prince serves a number of international destinations. Air D'Ayiti operates several flights in the Caribbean and to Miami. Other airlines have flights to New York, Montreal, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Curacao and Air France flies to Cayenne in French Guiana. The airport was heavily damaged during the airport but still in use. Remember when checking into flights there are different entrances for the different airlines. There are baggage men that can help you but you don't have to use them. They can be a bit aggressive when trying to help you and demanding a tip.

Tortugair has domestic flights between Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, Cap Haitien, Les Cayes and Port-de-Paix.

Getting from the airport to the city can be quite an experience. After exiting the airport travellers enter a mass of people screaming and shouting. It is best to arrange transport before hand. Most hotels offer free, or affordable, transport to and from the airport. If this is an option use it.

By Bus

Buses travel between Port-au-Prince and the main cities and towns in the country. There are also buses that ply the route to/from the Dominican Republic, all the way to Santo Domingo.

Top

edit

Getting Around

Graffiti on the walls of Port Au Prince

Graffiti on the walls of Port Au Prince

© All Rights Reserved Lavafalls

Top

edit

Sleep

Mid-Range

  • Matthew 25 - Matthew 25 is a nice midrange guesthouse located in a good area of the city. The cost per bed is US$35 with a max of 4 people to room. Room and board include breakfast, dinner and transport to and from the airport. This is a catholic guesthouse so all rooms are single sex. Email: matthew25house@yahoo.com. Address: Delmas 33, #6 Rue A. Martial

Top

edit

Work

Port-au-Prince is the epicenter for the relief effort in Haiti. Finding work with international agencies is possible it is best to arrange contacts before arriving. Another possibility is to start your own project, just remember that raising money in Haiti is very difficult.

Top

edit

Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Contributors

as well as Peter (7%), Hien (2%), tom.newby (2%)

Help contribute to this article to share the ad revenue.

Port-au-Prince Travel Helpers

We don't currently have any Travel Helpers for Port-au-Prince

This is version 15. Last edited at 7:02 on Apr 10, 12 by Utrecht. 5 articles link to this page.

Creative Commons License
Except where otherwise noted, content of this article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License