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Travel alert: The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends against all but essential travel to the Carrefour, Cite Soleil, Martissant and Bel Air neighbourhoods in Port-Au-Prince, please check with your relevant national government.

Introducing Port-Au-Prince

Let’s admit the obvious: Port-au-Prince doesn’t have the image of somewhere you’d visit purely for fun. A true city of the developing world, just an hour by air from Miami, the city was preceded by a reputation for impoverished chaos even before the 2010 earthquake literally shook it to its foundations. The infrastructure is compromised, the gulf between rich and poor remains as wide as ever, and the quake raised to the ground several of its major hotels and government buildings, as well as the national palace.

And yet, the city remains one of the most vibrant and exciting in the Caribbean. Like a bottle of local klerin rum, Port-au-Prince takes all the raw energy of Haiti and distils it into one buzzing shot, and witnessing the self-sufficiency and spirit of its people might be the most life-affirming experience you will have on your travels. It’s a chaotic, exhilarating and compelling place. It might not have fully recovered from the 2010 earthquake yet, but the city is certainly open (and eager) for visitors again.