Haiti the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which lies between Cuba and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea. The Dominican Republic covers eastern Hispaniola. Most of Haiti is mountainous, and the country’s name comes from an Indian word that means high ground.
Nestled in a horseshoe bay fringed with beaches, Jacmel is a picturesque town, brimming with artists, famous for handicrafts, and host to major Carnival celebrations each year. It’s also, as it happens, the centre of Voodoo.
Haiti has a tropical climate with mild temperatures. Temperatures range from 70 to 95 °F (21 to 35 °C) along the coasts and from 50 to 75 °F (10 to 24 °C) in the mountains. Destructive hurricanes sometimes strike the country between June and October.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 8.9 million
LANGUAGE: French, Creole
CURRENCY: Haiti Gourde
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 100V, 60Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: HT
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +509
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -5
We advise against all but essential travel to Haiti, because of the threat to personal security. There are incidences of violence and kidnappings for ransom, which have included foreign nationals, taking place mainly in Port-au-Prince. In April 2008 there were sporadic violent demonstrations and riots over the high price of basic food.
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