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With the exception of Labadee, a private region licensed by the Royal Caribbean to use as a port of call, few sun-worshippers arrive in Haiti. This poverty stricken land is over-populated and suffering from the effects of desertification throughout its land, which is in stark contrast to the other side of the island, the heavily touristed Dominican Republic. Various forms of civil unrest have dissuaded some prospective visitors.

Yet there is hope and still so much that is beautiful and fascinating about the country. Haitian art is internationally recognized, and features some of the best representations of the spirit world. Haitian music and traditional dances delve back into their traditional roots and the friendly dignified inhabitants create a pleasant experience. The Citadelle Laferrière, a UNESCO world heritage site, is a mountaintop fortress considered the largest fortress in the western hemisphere.

Travelers aware of international development issues are best suited to Haiti.  Though Haiti’s environment has been decimated, it still boasts an astonishing variety of wildlife and features dramatic mountain ranges, including the highest mountains in the Caribbean. The forests that remain are densely covered and feature pine forests, waterfalls and unexplored limestone caves. Over 35% of Haiti’s plants are indigenous including some pretty unusual cacti. In fact, scientists believe that cacti may have originated from this island. Bird lovers too, will be thrilled to discover Haiti’s diverse population of birds, with over 220 species, including the world’s smallest bird – the Vervain hummingbird. Though Haiti is poor, the spirit is alive, and makes for a rich and memorable experience. 

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When we sailed into Port-Au-Prince, we found that the heads of the buoys in the harbor had been removed, making them a serious hazard to navigation even with highly accurate charts. On the pier, the crowd was in a highly agitated state, with some people starting fires out of old tires or whatever else was handy. Also, some uncouth person urinated on our mooring lines. Of course, the fact that I was on a Coast Guard ship about two weeks before the 1994 invasion might have had something to do with all this. Still, even taking all that into consideration, it's not a trip I'm likely to make again.
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According to our guide, this is birthplace of Voodoo.  The old Catholic church just off the town square is the origin of this religion. You will find a mix of Catholicism and African Tribal practices.  We showed up in the town during a funeral and were cursed by the locals who our translator said were sending evil spirits towards us.  Not far from here is the famous Citadel that held of Napolean's troops and kept him from advancing to New Orleans.
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Pretty drive, but not much to see.  The French Red Cross is up here, as well as an airfield that Missionary Flights International uses.  Fresh water problems, as evidenced by the three community wells located in the center of town, only one of which worked as of April 2007.  The salt flats on the road to Gonaives are the most interesting things to see around Anse Rouge.
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