ESSENCE'S EXCLUSIVE GUIDE ON HOW TO SEE, TASTE AND EXPERIENCE THE HOTTEST DESTINATIONS IN BLACK TRAVEL._Black Travel Vibes: Soak Up The Sun And Culture Of Haiti_ _PHOTO CREDIT: @WHATDETTEDOES_BY DANIELLE POINTDUJOUR · JANUARY 8, 2020_Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to the island of Haiti than its well-documented struggles. Tranquil beaches, roaring waterfalls, and breathtaking landscapes are just some of the beauty features that many overlook when it comes to the Caribbean gem.
Add to that a rich history and culture that dates all the way back to January 1, 1804 when Jean-Jacques Dessalines proclaimed the island of Saint-Domingue free and independent from French rule following a successful revolution and created the world’s first free Black republic, and Haiti becomes a destination that should be at the top of everyone’s travel wish list.
For Jamaican Brooklyn girl and London ex-pat Rondette Amoy (@whatdettedoes) visiting Haiti with a close friend opened her eyes to a place she didn’t truly know and couldn’t wait to soak up. Check out a few of Rondette’s photos and take notes from our exclusive guide to discover why Haiti is more than just your average tropical getaway.
_Heritage Journey with Rondel Holder: Lome, Togo_The Points Guy, TPG partnered with Soul Society 101 founder Rondel Holder travel vlogger to explore how DNA testing is helping people discover their roots._Play Video_01_Welcome to Haiti_Located in the Caribbean, the island nation of Haiti is full of natural beauty that will rival any of the other nearby islands. Haiti remains a relatively budget-friendly island getaway (though daily transportation can add up) with 1 Haitian Gourde equaling less than one U.S. dollar. Visit from November through March for the best weather.
PHOTO CREDIT: @WHATDETTEDOES_ _02_Local Vibes_Typically big brand hotels can come across as cookie-cutter, however, at the Marriott Port-au-Prince, local businesses like Ayiti Natives bath products fill the rooms and Haitian artists such as Peter Satyr Jacmel line the walls to create a unique vibe.
PHOTO CREDIT: MARRIOTT PORT AU PRINCE_ _03_Unique Flavors_One might think that food throughout the Caribbean is all the same - wrong! One of the things that makes Haiti unique is its flavorful cuisine. Don't leave without treating your tastebuds to local eats like griot and kabice.
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04_Independence Day_A proud symbol of the world's first Black republic, Citadelle Laferrière is a large mountaintop fortress that played a significant role in Haiti's fight for freedom. It is a must-see on any visit to the island.
Black Travel Vibes: Soak Up The Sun And Culture Of Haiti