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    A couple of questions....

    Planning to go with Caribe Tours. I see there are many buses to CH....can i just arrive in Santiago and expect to get on the next bus or can i book in advance?
    I believe that they make all the arrangements at the border...true?

    Any good places to eat/stay in CH? Things to see?

    Thanks

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    Have not been there so cannot say but yes, they will do all the border crossing stuff with you but I doubt the fees are included in your ticket costs. It would not hurt to make a reservation. The times I have taken the buses from the Capital to PauP, they have been full.

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    Better make a Reservation. The Caribe does all the Arrangements at the border. You pay the borderfees at the Caribeoffice in Santiago and in CH. At the border you luggage will be inspected more or less exactly on both sides of the border. Also at the border you can change Pesos/dollars to gouds, someone comes into the bus for it, 1US$ = 46 gouds.
    I stayed in Hotel Roi Christophe in CH, very beautiful and secure with pool in Center, you can even walk from the Caribeterminal to the Hotel.
    Things to see: the Castle of Citadelle (45 min with guagua, then 30 min with motoconcho, then 1 hour hard walk) , the village Labadee (first 30 min with guagua, then 10 min boatride).
    I recommend you buy the Lonely Planet quide DR and Haiti, they sell it at least at the Airport.
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    thanks S, thats a pretty comprehensive answer.

    I assume i can reserve from any CT office? i.e. the one here in Sosua?

    One more question....i assume they will hit me up for my overstay fee when i leave. Do i then get another one month tourist card on reentry? I assume and hope so as i will then be leaving the DR a couple of weeks later and don't want to get hit again for overstay

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    I can't answer your new questions.
    But two other tips:
    There might be days when to busses don't travel b/c Problems on the border. That happened to me in february with the Caribebus to PP.
    In the evenings there isn't much to do in CH. The streets are pretty dark, but didn't feel insecure. Just be careful not to step into a sewer hole :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinyasa View Post
    A couple of questions....

    Planning to go with Caribe Tours. I see there are many buses to CH....can i just arrive in Santiago and expect to get on the next bus or can i book in advance?
    I believe that they make all the arrangements at the border...true?

    Any good places to eat/stay in CH? Things to see?

    Thanks
    I was recently in OKAP 09/2015 for one week. Some notes:

    1. If you are Dominican with passport, you will now need a visa, obtained in advance from the Haitian Embassy, before you are allowed to board Caribe Tours. Allow two days for visa. It is very expensive: $80.00 single entry; $160.00 multiple entry.
    2. You can go to Caribe Tours online for office location and schedules. In Sto. Domingo, the office for Haiti Caribe Tours is separate and is in the front with its own sitting area. A security guard will tell you when you can enter the office. Staff will check all documents prior to selling a ticket. If anything is amiss, you'll have to return another day. When the ticket is purchased, all documents will be retained by staff for use at the border crossing. The staff was excellent in assisting with immigration at the border. Time at the border was 1 to 1.5 hours. No pressure until everyone taken care of.
    3. The ride was comfortable and pleasant and included lunch.
    4. OKAP. Transportation: Pay no more than 50 gdes. per person anywhere in the city for motorcycle.
    5. Accommodations are expensive, starting at HTG 1500 per night and up. We searched six hotels and bargained one down to HTG 1000 per night for a week. It was excellent. Coco's Hotel near the city gate. Everyone knows it. Get a room with a balcony and watch the street activity. Air conditioning but no electricity during the day in the entire city. The manager, Bastien Odenel, was very helpful and checked on AC every day. Room very clean. Bathroom, down the hall, very clean. Several flights of stairs.
    6. Excellent home cooked food in the hotel: HTG 500: goat, rice, sos pwa (like habichuela), onion, spices, avacado. Delicious. Served on tray to sitting area on balcony. Secure building and pleasant staff. No English. A little Spanish.
    7. Apparently, one cyber-cafe in the city and it was hard to find. They had a generator and their systems were up. Otherwise, electricity comes on in the early evening, around 5:30.
    8. Don't forget the coffee, bread and peanutbutter, about HTG 10 each, on any street, starting around 6 AM and ending around 10 at the latest. A nice place to sit with others shoulder to shoulder and chat. These venues will be found in every Haitian village or city.

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    New schedule for overstay fees, effective, approximately November, 2014. You can find that schedule at this forum but better to go online to confirm currency. Be careful! These fees can add up! And if you miss your departure by, say, one day, you might have to pay the next increment, so check your passport entry date, look at the schedule, and make sure you leave within your present payment increment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinyasa View Post
    A couple of questions....

    Planning to go with Caribe Tours. I see there are many buses to CH....can i just arrive in Santiago and expect to get on the next bus or can i book in advance?
    I believe that they make all the arrangements at the border...true?

    Any good places to eat/stay in CH? Things to see?

    Thanks
    I have never crossed the border with Caribe Tours, but have tried to make reservations for regular travel and they say no reservations. A ticket bought is for the next bus out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas61 View Post
    I was recently in OKAP 09/2015 for one week. Some notes:

    1. If you are Dominican with passport, you will now need a visa, obtained in advance from the Haitian Embassy, before you are allowed to board Caribe Tours. Allow two days for visa. It is very expensive: $80.00 single entry; $160.00 multiple entry.
    Does this apply to non-Dominicans? Thanks.

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    Sounds like I will never visit Haiti. Been in the DR for 13 years and never once considered going. What I read above does not sound enticing in the least.

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