The main road from Pétionville’s Pl Saint-Pierre winds steeply uphill toward the cool of the mountains. After just a few kilometers you’re in a rich agricultural area, with steep terraced fields clinging to the sides of the mountains, and the congestion of the city replaced by sweet cool breezes.
The crisp air of Kenscoff makes it a popular weekend destination for city dwellers – at 1980m above sea level, it’s often referred to as the Switzerland of the Caribbean (there are even a few weird Caribbean–Alpine architectural hybrids). With sweeping views everywhere you look and the brooding cloud-capped backdrop of Massif de la Selle behind you, it’s tailor-made for day walks. Coffee and vegetables are grown in great quantities here, giving Kenscoff an interesting local market.