The Haiti The Media Doesn't Show You

Haiti. When you hear the word you think of the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their lives in an earth-shattering quake in 2010. You remember the horrifying images scattered across the media, showing heart-wrenching poverty, homeless families and streets alight with smouldering fires.

Five years on, Haiti, despite the constant negative media coverage, is making a come back. Of course you won't see the dozens of smiling faces or the thriving, colourful streets on the news. Sadly, the beautiful hotels, sprawling mountains and endless beaches aren't consistently conveyed to the world in the international media, so we've captured it for you.

Here's a snapshot of what the 'pearl of the Caribbean' has to offer the more intrepid traveller. It's a country so rich in history, art and an infectious culture, just one trip to 'Ayiti' and you'll be longing to return.

 

 TWO YOUNG BOYS PLAYING ON THE SANDY SHORES IN JACMEL, SOUTHERN HAITI.

TWO YOUNG BOYS PLAYING ON THE SANDY SHORES IN JACMEL, SOUTHERN HAITI.

 THE SMILING FACES OF THE CHILDREN WHO LIVE IN LABADEE VILLAGE IN NORTHERN HAITI.

THE SMILING FACES OF THE CHILDREN WHO LIVE IN LABADEE VILLAGE IN NORTHERN HAITI.

 A FISHERMAN SHOWS OFF HIS CATCH AT AMIGA ISLAND, NORTHERN HAITI.

A FISHERMAN SHOWS OFF HIS CATCH AT AMIGA ISLAND, NORTHERN HAITI.

 AN ARTISAN CARVES WOOD AND SELLS HIS WORK IN PORT-AU-PRINCE. 

AN ARTISAN CARVES WOOD AND SELLS HIS WORK IN PORT-AU-PRINCE. 

 SADRAC, AT BASSIN-BLEU WITH ONE OF HIS EIGHT MOTORBIKES

SADRAC, AT BASSIN-BLEU WITH ONE OF HIS EIGHT MOTORBIKES

 A TAP-TAP BUS IN PORT-AU-PRINCE

A TAP-TAP BUS IN PORT-AU-PRINCE

 A Tap-tap-style bike on the streets of Petionville.

A Tap-tap-style bike on the streets of Petionville.

 The COlourful, stacked houses just outside of port-au-prince

The COlourful, stacked houses just outside of port-au-prince

 the bassin-bleu waterfall

the bassin-bleu waterfall

 amiga island, northern haiti

amiga island, northern haiti

 port-au-prince

port-au-prince

 the view from the top of the observatoire,port-au-prince

the view from the top of the observatoire,port-au-prince

 the view from la  Citadelle Laferrière

the view from la Citadelle Laferrière

 the bright water-taxis and emerald sea  at labadee

the bright water-taxis and emerald sea  at labadee

 Hotel Cap Lamandou, Jacmel

Hotel Cap Lamandou, Jacmel

Although there are thousands people still suffering the effects of political turmoil, natural disasters and poor infrastructure, with foreign investment, new hotels and travellers willing to give it a chance, Haiti is now becoming, once again, a tourism destination to watch out for.

Don't just take our word for it. Go see for yourself.

For more information on visiting Haiti go to:

Experience Haiti

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