Haitian Market

North Coast

A bustling market held on the DR side of the border. Haitians come over to buy and sell fruit, vegetables and everything else, as well as contraband (including donations from international organizations, which are sold here wholesale and then shipped elsewhere in the country). Crowds push and shove wheelbarrows, motorcycles burrow through the throng and crates of goods are piled high on women’s heads.

With your hands pressed flat at your sides you might be able to wedge yourself further into the covered market. It's an intense scene, and one in which you might feel awkward taking out your camera.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby North Coast attractions

1. Parque Nacional Monte Cristi

16.12 MILES

This 1100-sq-km desert park is overlooked by the vast majority of visitors; if you visit you'll have its beaches and mountains largely to yourself (unless…

2. Parque Central

20.72 MILES

Notable for the 50m clock tower designed by French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. Imported from France in 1895, the tower deteriorated until 1997 when…

3. El Morro

23.71 MILES

Part of the 1100-sq-km Parque Nacional Monte Cristi that surrounds Monte Cristi on all sides, El Morro sits 5km northeast of town – follow Av San Fernando…