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orth Coast of Haiti: The North Department, famously known for its concentration

of historical monuments, is by far the most prestigious part of Haiti. The magic and the beauty of this city enlightens you every step of your journey. The North is considered as Haiti’s capital of ‘Roots’ and history. The historical sites, largely located in the neighbourhoods, make this legendary region of Haiti an open museum.In the 19th Century, the North Department was the incubator for revolutionary movements. The last and defining battle of the


Size: 10,714 sq miles Currency: Gourde Population: 10,000,000 Language: French and Creole Main City: Port-au-Prince Local Beer: Prestige Dish of the Day: Rice and beans served with meat and fried plantains.Also, Lambi (conch)

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Haitian Revolution that led to its independence took place in 1803 at Vertières. Easily accessible by roads and by plane,Cap Haitian has one of the busiest international airports of the country. The styles of architecture in Cap Haitian are authentic and marvellous.A walk in the streets will help you to discover the beauty of the Victorian gingerbread houses that have such an exotic appeal. From picturesque beaches, to historical and cultural sites,Cap Haitian, Haiti’s second Capital is very much the North’s urban pole. Citadelle Laferriere, located 17 miles south of the city, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. This fortress, the biggest of


Take a vacation to Haiti that will leave you spellbound. The uniqueness of Haiti’s glorious


the Caribbean, is the nation’s pride, amongst The Sans Souci Palace, the Royal Chapel located in the Historical Park and so many treasures that are unique to the North.All of these have contributed to making Haiti a world- class destination.

past, the originality of our culture, the breathtaking landscapes, the homemade crafts, the beauty of our beaches, the delicious gastronomy are just a few things that can make a trip to Haiti a memorable one. The vacation packages offered by Transat will definitely leave you restless with a host of added-value features: from visiting the National Pantheon Museum, to a wonderful trip to the artisan village of Noailles, the sugarcane park, the distillery of Haiti’s famous Rhum Barbancourt, the panoramic view at Observatoire in Boutiliers in the cool mountains of Petion Ville, and last but not least, a stay at Côte des Arcadins with several excursions during your beach stay giving a better

way to enjoy a beach destination. Haiti’s vacation trip will definitely satisfy your mind body and spirit.


ith its award-winning beaches, turquoise bays and year-round sunshine,

Jamaica has an authentic Caribbean feel, but the island’s vibrant cultural heritage makes it a place quite unlike any other. Jamaica’s unique personality derives from a melting-pot of influences from all corners of the globe, expressed as one through its infectious people and their laidback lifestyle. Whether it’s the delicious aroma of jerk chicken barbecuing on the beach

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or the sound of reggae rhythms floating through the streets, Jamaica never fails to impress, enthral and surprise visitors in equal measures. A host of attractions and activities abound, from watching a spectacular sunset at the cliff-top Rick’s Café in Negril to taking a refreshing dip in a lagoon at Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios.

Jamaica enjoys a longstanding association with the stars.Once a magnet for Hollywood icons such as Errol Flynn in the 1950s and 1960s, Port Antonio’s recent high-end tourism developments have seen a return to its glamorous heyday; a time when the world’s attention was first brought to the charm and character of this beautiful island.

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Author Ian Fleming penned all the James Bond novels in Jamaica, while more recent famous visitors to the island include Prince Harry, Grace Jones and Kate Moss. Jamaica is also the birthplace of

Island Records, created by Chris Blackwell, who signed several major artists including island-legend Bob Marley and U2.


Size: 4,411 sq miles Currency: Jamaican dollar Population: 2,711,476 Main City: Kingston Local Beer: Red Stripe Dish of the Day: Ackee and saltfish, traditional Jamaican breakfast dish


After arriving on the direct Virgin Atlantic flight into Montego Bay,


I’d check-in at a luxurious villa at Round Hill, which features Ralph

Lauren-designed oceanfront rooms. After enjoying time to relax on a secluded white sand beach, I’d head to Scotchies to enjoy traditional jerk pork, rice and peas and a festival washed down with an ice-cold Red Stripe. In addition to sampling relaxing spa treatments, I’d make sure I found time to try some of

Jamaica’s exciting activities, like zip- lining through the treetops or riding the bobsled down Mystic Mountain. In the evening, Jamaica’s hotspots come alive with reggae and jazz

music, so I’d head to the Hip Strip for rum cocktails in the bars and cafés and would be sure to end the night with a dance at Margaritaville. Ben Murtagh, Travel Guru at Virgin Holidays

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