Top things to do in Northern Haiti

Top Choice Fortress in The Citadelle & Sans Souci

Citadelle Laferrière

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'll likely agree. This battleship-like fortress gives commandin…
Top Choice Creole in Cap-Haïtien

Lakay

One of the busiest restaurants in Cap-Haïtien, and it’s not hard to see why. There are tables facing the seafront where you can enjoy a drink, otherwise step inside to eat under bamboo thatch and load up on generous…
Island in Beaches West of Cap-Haïtien

Île-à-Rat

Your basic paradise, this tiny island offers fine white sand, a lush core of trees, and cool turquoise water where snorkelers encounter sunken, centuries-old cannons and anchors. Christopher Colombus is said to have…
Historic Site in The Citadelle & Sans Souci

Sans Souci

Built as a rival to Versailles in France, Henri Christophe’s palace of Sans Souci has lain abandoned since it was ruined in the 1842 earthquake. The years of neglect have left an elegantly crumbling edifice, slightl…
Religious in Gonaïves

Souvenance

Souvenance begins on Good Friday, and continues for a week, to the constant sound of rara music. Prayers are offered to sacred tamarind trees, initiates bathe in a sacred pond and bulls are sacrificed for the Vodou …
Creole in The Citadelle & Sans Souci

Lakou Lakay

This cultural community center is a longstanding institution that has seen better economic times but remains delightful. Run by guide Maurice Etienne and his family, the center welcomes visitors with traditional dan…
Religious in Gonaïves

Soukri

Soukri is a ritual dedicated to the Kongo lwa. The service is divided into two branches: ‘the father of all Kongo’ takes place on January 6, and the second, larger ceremony, ‘the mother of all Kongo,’ occurs on Augu…
Deli in Cap-Haïtien

Cap Deli

Step off Cap-Haitien's sun-baked streets into this cool, tidy new eatery, the closest thing you'll get to new American food in Haiti. The menu, posted in bubbly handwriting on a giant chalkboard, includes gourmet bu…
Bar in Cap-Haïtien

Boukanye

This new, waterfront bar and restaurant is pirate-themed, with a spectacular view of Cap-Haïtien's bay. It's an ideal spot for a Haitian spaghetti breakfast or a burger (mains US$10 to US$25), but even better for th…
International in Cap-Haïtien

Kokiyaj

A self-styled sports bar above a supermarket sounds unimpressive, but this restaurant is actually a cut above. As well as Creole classics there are some good continental and American mains, pleasant service and a we…