Port-au-Prince has been all but obliviated by the earthquake of January 2010. Several of its major hotels, hospitals and major government buildings (such as the national palace and UN headquarters) were destroyed. The cost in human lives and misery is staggering.
Other than relief and aid efforts, travel to Port-au-Prince should be avoided until the city has had a chance to recover.
Port-Au-Prince destination guides
Dominican Republic & Haiti: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Dominican Republic & Haiti guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip. The intrigues of its history and the attractions of Vodou have blessed Haiti with a richer body of travel literature than the DR.
Volunteering in Haiti, post-earthquake
The earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, is likely to go into the record books as the most destructive natural event of modern times. Around 250,000 people are thought to have died when a destructive force equal to that of the 2005 Asian tsunami hit a densely populated area barely the size of Massachusetts.