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By Meisha Perrin

More often than not, Haiti doesn’t get the recognition it rightly deserves. When most vacation-bound people think of a beautiful Caribbean getaway where they can relax on white-sand beaches and drink piña coladas — worrying only about whether or not they put on enough sunblock to prevent melanoma, Haiti isn’t typically the first option.

But the truth is, despite its turbulent economic conditions, Haiti is just as beautiful as — if not more than — its regional counterparts. This is especially so because most of the island nation remains untouched.

So, here’s to a new outlook. To help you take a step back from recognising the former French colony solely for being the first in the Caribbean to gain independence, and to steer away attention from the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, here are a few photos provided to us by one of our followers, Anne Xavier Lauture, (@annezazou) and a few things to get you excited about the prospect of adding Haiti to your bucket list.

Port-au-Prince-
Fort Jacques (old fort):

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View from the top of the fort:

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Observatoire (the beautiful view from the restaurant at night):

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Côtes des Arcadins-
Wahoo Bay Beach Resort:

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Must haves:
– “Wahoo” (drink served frozen or regular):

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– Lambi (Conch served with a Haitian “piman” aka spicy sauce):

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Jacmel-

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Bassin Bleu: Hike up to the different “bassins”

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Near Plateau Centrale-
Saut d’Eau :

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Cap-Haitien-
Citadelle La Ferriere(an old fort):

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Palais Sans Souci (the ruins of a palace right next to the fort):

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