Top choice in Haiti

Your basic paradise, this tiny island offers white sand, a lush core of trees, and turquoise water where snorkelers encounter centuries-old cannon and anchors. Columbus is said to have given the island its alternate name – Amiga – for the female companion that would accompany him here. Indigenous artifacts have also been unearthed here. Boat taxi captains in Labadie charge around US$50 for a round-trip excursion and US$15 for cooking up a lunch of whatever the local fishermen catch that day.

On days when the Royal Caribbean ship is docked, the cruise line sends speedboats of cruisers to the island to buy overpriced cocktails and bottles of water from contracted caterers. Independent travelers can visit the island too via private transportation, availing themselves of sun loungers and the bar. Or go DIY and load a cooler of rum and Prestige: amenities on the island are only available when the cruise passengers are visiting.

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1. Marché de Fer

7.96 MILES

The city's iron market sprawls over four city blocks and offers everything from vegetables and clothing to toiletries.

2. Place d'Armes

8.07 MILES

Cap's pretty main square, bordered on the southern side by the Notre-Dame cathedral on Rue 18, has a dark past. François Mackandal, leader of a pre…

4. Sans Souci

14.5 MILES

Built as a rival to Versailles in France, Henry Christophe’s palace of Sans Souci has lain abandoned since it was ruined in the 1842 earthquake. The years…

5. Citadelle Laferrière

15.89 MILES

Haitians call the Citadelle the eighth wonder of the world and, having slogged to the 900m summit of Pic Laferrière (or ridden horseback for US$15), you…