About Haiti (HT)
Haiti (HT) occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea, bordered by the Dominican Republic to the east. Given its tumultuous past and otherworldly misfortunes with natural disasters, Haiti has not had enjoyed a positive reputation for tourism. That may be changing, and hopefully, more and more travelers will be compelled to explore this genuinely beautiful but poverty-stricken country.
For the most part, tourism in Haiti has been confined for the upscale beach resorts found in areas around the capital, Port Au Prince. such as Pétion-Ville. Eventually, visitors will have legitimate options for exploring some of the mountainous inland areas, and soak up some unique local culture. As it stands, it’s considered very beneficial to have a local contact in Haiti who can serve as a trusted guide and local interpreter.
This is the kind of place where visitors almost absolutely have to rent a car hire in Haiti in order to get around. There’s really no other way to visit the beautiful beaches and French colonial fortresses in Cap-Haïtien.
Fortunately, Haiti car rental prices are exceptionally affordable, and you’ll save a tremendous amount of travel time in a far more comfortable and safe environment rather than riding the local bus — known colloquially as a tap-tap.
Now, road conditions are not very good. The main network of highways will be in fair shape, but many major routes are unpaved. Look at this this way, the bulk of taxis in Haiti are all-wheel drive vehicles. You’re not going to be driving on the Autobahn, obviously. But personal safety is the number one concern for all foreigners traveling in Haiti, whether in Port Au Prince, or especially in outlying and remote areas.
There are a wide range of destinations and attractions worth visiting; you just need to be really careful and research in advance on about how you get there.
Choosing your car
All the big names are providing cheap car rentals in Haiti. Rent a car from Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Dollar, and Budget. Select from the vehicle class that best suits your travel budget. Choose from minicars, compact sedans, economy 3-door hatchbacks, estate wagons, premium and luxury vehicles, SUVs and 7-12 seater minivans.
Tips and advice
Mobile wireless coverage in Haiti is unreliable, at best. You’ll need to rent a car with GPS. Meanwhile, it would be a great idea to download some maps on your mobile phone.
Book your Haiti car rental in as far advance as possible to make sure you get an all-wheel drive vehicle. SUVs sell out quickly, and frankly, minicars aren’t going to cut it.
Do: Check your home country’s government website for travel warnings in Haiti. Drink bottled water. Don’t: Arrive in Haiti without being immunized for a wide range of diseases. Drive at night.
They say the social and political situation in Haiti is improving, but if you should happen to come upon a roadblock — mostly formed by protestors — back up, turn around, and get away from the scene as quickly and safely as possible.
Haitians are a proud people despite, or perhaps because of, all they’ve endured. They don’t take kindly to condescending attitudes and impolite behaviors. All travelers are advised to dress modestly and speak softly.
Fuel stations are found in major cities and along main routes; however, even though it’s more expensive, it’s recommended that you fill up from larger, brand name petrol stations than mom-and-pop stores on the outskirts of town.