The earthquake of January 2010 is the most recent, and possibly most tragic, of events to have befallen the impoverished island nation of Haiti. As both failed state and media whipping boy, Haiti has long played the dark shadow to the bright sunlight of the rest of the Caribbean. Optimism over Haiti's impending renaissance has been subsumed beneath the horrors of the earthquake, which has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and millions of displacements.
Despite the ordeals that Haitians have endured over the years, the country has maintained a welcoming and proud spirit. We can only hope that this spirit will sustain the people of Haiti through their latest trials, and that Haiti can finally emerge from its murky past and tragic present.
Best places to stay in Haiti
Dominican Republic & Haiti travel guide
Much more than beach resorts, the Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries, not to mention its evocative colonial history and warm welcoming people. Neighbouring Haiti is a proud country, born of revolution, and its people are determined to rebuild for a better future.
How to choose a Caribbean island
The dozens of islands scattered across the Caribbean are a remarkably diverse lot. Pulsing Jamaica has little in common with group-filled Aruba, and even islands in plain sight of each other like St Kitts and Nevis are vastly different not just in appearance but in what they offer visitors.
Caribbean Islands travel guide
With amazing culture, beaches, activities and weather - not to mention the rum - the Caribbean is a joyous riot of islands offering the ultimate escape.
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.
Dominican Republic & Haiti - Planning (Chapter)
Your journey to the Dominican Republic starts here. You’ll find the tools to plan your adventure: where to go and when, how much to budget, plus indepth info on outdoor activities on the land and in the water.
Travel literature review: A Voyage Long & Strange
A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz Rating: 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Neil Manders In A Voyage Long and Strange, author Tony Horwitz sets out to fill in the missing detail around the sketchy chronicles of the very earliest European visitors and settlers on the North American continent.
Dominican Republic & Haiti - Haiti Planning (Chapter)
Your journey to Haiti starts here. You’ll find the tools to plan your adventure: where to go and when, how much to budget, plus a useful summary of Haiti’s regions.