Welcome to Jimaní
Named after Taíno chief Xjimani, this dusty border town (why is every border town dusty?) is on the most direct route from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, and is therefore the busiest of the four official border crossings. Dominicans from as far away as Santo Domingo come here for the daily market. There are also a few tiendas (stores) selling Haitian beer (Prestige) and rum (Rhum Barbancourt), both arguably better than their Dominican counterparts. The market is just past the Dominican border post in no-man’s-land. This area – including immigration posts and other border-control facilities – was prone to flooding from the alarmingly expanding shoreline of Étang Saumâtre (also known as Lake Azuéi), Lago Enriquillo’s twin lake on the Haitian side, but this threat has subsided in recent years as the lake is now receding. Its southeastern end sits just 1km from the border post under normal conditions.
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