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    I'm rreturning to SD next month for a week and am thinking of visiting Haiti. I have heard that there is a military escort for the bus and it takes a very long time. I also that some parts are safer than others. North vs South as far as security goes. Ideas?

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    Haiti right now is one of the most dangerous places to travel, I would not even think of going after all the political and other issues going on there. Go to the LP forum branch for Haiti, there are a couple of good posts explaining why.

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    Yes indeed,
    Cigar Joe is correct - do not come to Haiti as they will put you in a pot and eat you at a VooDoo ceremony - happens every time I leave the house and is becomming a real nuisance since the abolition of tariffs on Worcestershire sauce.

    On the other hand you can catch a flight from S.D. La Isabella airport to Port au Prince (310US$ return inc taxes) and take a 30US$ taxi ride up to Petionville, stay in decent hotels and have a rare old time.

    Or if you are in the North you can catch a Caribetours bus from Santiago to Cap-Haitian for around 80US$ return (I cannot confirm this price)

    While in Haiti it is a good idea not to get blind drunk and wander into a ghetto in Port au Prince wearing all your gold chains, shouting at the locals, "look at me, I am rich and drunk!!"

    Apart from that, the hotels will tell you what is good to do and see and also what not to do and where not to go.

    Haiti is an amazing and beautiful place. It tends to attract the more adventurous tourists.
    Fly in, check it out, fly back to S.D.
    Easy.

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    No offence Pedro, and obviously Haiti is your home....but being there twice several years back and knowing the history fairly well, I would tend to tend to pick a safer destination, and I know the state department tends to over do their travel warnings but comon.....
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    Things have improved remarkably over the last 2 years.
    Even back then it wasn't the perpetual war the in the streets that people perceived.

    Anyway, as far as the OPs go - I think they certainly could come and experience Haiti and not ever be in serious peril.

    Most of what you hear about Haiti is nonsense.





    Note: By the way I do not work for the Haitian Tourist Board
    Also;
    It is fairly chilled out at the moment, although there may be a little manifestation brewing. in the next 4 weeks. But again, do not go to the manifestations and they almost never come to you.

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    I'm sure the US had a good reason to close down the American Embassy in POP and also the DEA radar site after finding agents dead on the sides of the streets. I know several Hatians and they explained that Bush has put alot of anti drug $$ into the area as well as the radar site which is a primary to evaluate boats and planes under the horizon radar. Some Hatians will tell you right to your face that they hate you if you're American. The country needs the "dirty" money as well as the DR thus explaining the corruptness on all government levels. I'm sure it has got better over the past 2 years but I think I'll leave the travel to the missionary people that are so willing to help out your country. As mentioned by the state dept, quote unquote
    "there is NO safe place in Haiti"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cigarjoe View Post
    I'm sure the US had a good reason to close down the American Embassy in POP and also the DEA radar site after finding agents dead on the sides of the streets. I know several Hatians and they explained that Bush has put alot of anti drug $$ into the area as well as the radar site which is a primary to evaluate boats and planes under the horizon radar. Some Hatians will tell you right to your face that they hate you if you're American. The country needs the "dirty" money as well as the DR thus explaining the corruptness on all government levels. I'm sure it has got better over the past 2 years but I think I'll leave the travel to the missionary people that are so willing to help out your country. As mentioned by the state dept, quote unquote
    "there is NO safe place in Haiti"

    Close down the US embassy?? Wrong!
    They just built a new one.

    The Americans have arrested several known drug dealers. Several more await arrest. This is not a security issue unless you are wanted by the FBI, CIA, DEA etc.

    Haitians love Americans - they want to be like, look like, sound like and live like Americans.

    "there is no safe place in Haiti"


    or
    " I did not have sexual relations with that woman"

    or
    "Iraq has weapons of mass destruction"

    or
    "Bush won the election in Florida"

    or
    "Obama is a Muslim"

    on I could go.
    But I won't.

    Haiti is great for a visit and it is safe unless you do something stupid to deliberately endanger yourself.
    Do not beleive everything you read on the internet, my friend - especially from people with a vested interest in whatever it is they are talking about.

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    Your right, the American Embassy was not closed, it was closed several times and are now allowing non emergency personel to return. Not sure where you live in Haiti, but would think you would have better information that you posted here.
    Haiti - Travel Warning
    Have a good day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cigarjoe View Post
    Your right, the American Embassy was not closed, it was closed several times and are now allowing non emergency personel to return. Not sure where you live in Haiti, but would think you would have better information that you posted here.
    Haiti - Travel Warning
    Have a good day.
    Dude,
    nice travel warning. I see that at he top of the page it says that this information is still valid - yet the warning was from 2004 -
    How in hell's name can advice about a rapidly changing situation still be valid 5 years down the line?

    Stop being lazy and do some research.

    I know Haiti as I live here.
    I am telling you the truth.
    You are just culling out of date info from the internet.
    Anyway - give me a specific example of why you should not travel to Haiti today.
    I want place names, dangers and I want it to be up to date.
    Examples are out there if you have either the brains or the language / comprehension skills to find them.

    Otherwise accept information from someone who is better informed than you.

    I have Traveled to Germany and japan - it all seems O.K. there now...or should be ware of Nazis and Ninjas?

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    Pedro, I'm not going to get into a ****ing contest with you. I have indeed done my homework and nothing has changed since 04 as far as the State Dept warnings go. It's clearly listed in the documents I enclosed. I guess it's all up to the OP or other travelers. Also have a place in Otra Banda, I've been in Haiti and am aware of the past and present conditions....or dangers.
    Again, Have a good day.

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