Welcome to Côte des Arcadins
The first main town after leaving the capital is Cabaret, ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier’s modernist construction, built as a symbol of his regime and ruthlessly satirized for its pretensions in Graham Greene’s novel, The Comedians. Just beyond is Arcahaie, where Dessalines created the Haitian flag from the rags of the Tricolor in 1804.
Past Arcahaie are the beach resorts, which offer safe, shallow swimming and snorkeling in clear water. On weekends they come alive with visitors from the capital; it’s worthwhile booking accommodations in advance.