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VISIT THE CITADELLE LAFERRIERE FORTRESS IN CAP HAITIEN, BUILT AFTER THE SLAVES DEFEATED NAPOLEON’S ARMY IN 1804


H


aiti is the culturally richest country in the Caribbean and


was a leading tourism destination in the 1970s. Since the 2010 earthquake Haiti has taken large steps to regain this position. The country offers visitors a rich culture and heritage which manifests itself through art, music and festivals. Visitors can head for the


mountains which soar more than 2,000 metres; swim in the blue waters of waterfalls such as Bassin Bleu and Saute Mathurine (the latter


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


has a base the size of an Olympic swimming pool) or explore caves such as Grotte Marie Jeanne which has 2.4kms of caves and three levels descending down some 90 metres. Explore some of the fortresses such as the five-storey Citadelle Laferriere, which was built on a hill 900 metres high in 1804 celebrating Napoleon’s defeat and the establishment of the world’s first black state. The cannons, cannon balls and artillery are the largest collection in the world from its period. Meet the people, try the Kreyòl cuisine, take part in the three carnivals (Jacmel, Flowers and National) and buy some of the best


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art that you have ever seen. Soak in the sun whilst turquoise blue water laps at your feet. Come and experience it… before the rest of the world discovers the Caribbean’s best-kept secret!


KEY EVENT Jacmel carnival: held pre-lent every year


A vibrant combination of costumes, music and large paper mâché masks experiencehaiti.org


Spend two/three days in the capital Port-au-Prince for the MUPANAH museum, the iron market, the art galleries and walk in the mountains above the capital. International brands include Best Western Premier, Occidental, and NH Group. Marriott and Hilton will open soon. There are many charming Haitien-owned hotels such as the Karibe, Kinam, Villa Therese and Villa Bambou. Then spend two days in Cap Haitien for the Citadelle and Palais Sans Souci staying at Cormier Plage, Mont Jolie or Roi Christophe. Lastly two days in Jacmel for Bassin Bleu, art and crafts, and the Beach at Cotes de Fer staying at La Colline Enchante, or Villa Nicole. Extend your stay with a few nights on the beach at Cote des Arcadins. Visit undiscovered-destinations.com


Jamaica Tourist Board: 1-2 Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BZ T: 020 7225 9090 E: mail@visitjamaica.uk.com W: visitjamaica.com visitjamaicauk


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JAMAICA IS A FORCE MAKING THE WORLD FEEL ALL RIGHT THROUGH ITS RHYTHM AND SPIRIT – THE PERFECT PLACE TO ‘GET ALL RIGHT’


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amaica is the island of happy days, vivid nights and dreams


that come true. Located right in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, it offers visitors of all age-groups a way to ‘get all right’. Showcasing a multitude of activities, from chilling on one of its stunning golden-sand beaches, to hiking the misty Blue Mountain tops or horse riding, Jamaica promises its visitors memorable days and nights. Head to Doctor’s Cave Beach in


Montego Bay or Seven Mile Beach in Negril and indulge in the island’s white sands and crystal clear waters,


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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


while sipping frozen cocktails. If you’re after a bit of adventure, an array of rivers, waterfalls and plantations are calling out for you to explore Jamaica’s natural beauty. For a taste of Jamaican art and


creativity, Harmony Hall Gallery in Ocho Rios and the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, are inviting visitors to experience Jamaica’s distinctive modern and contemporary art scene, featuring diverse work from Jamaican and Caribbean artists. When it comes to fun and


entertainment, world-famous festivals take place throughout the year, with Bob Marley Week and


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Little Ochi Seafood Carnival adding a variety of choice to the island’s entertainment scene. Jamaica’s unique personality derives from its reggae vibes, heart-warming smiles and jerk-chicken tastes.


KEY EVENT Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay: July 13-19 2015


The true essence of summer and Jamaica comes to life on stage for this five-day music festival Reggaesumfest.com


My perfect itinerary to ‘Get All Right’ in Jamaica starts with British Airways Club World into Kingston. Then an afternoon checking out the capital’s hippest highlights – Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records sports bar and Bob Marley Museum. Jamaica’s not just about beaches so I head into the lush interior of the island to visit the spectacular cascading waters of Reach Falls – an eco-attraction complete with underwater cave, then Mystic Mountain to take a trip through the rainforest before marvelling at the view of glorious Ocho Rios from 700 feet up. And I wouldn’t miss the exhilarating Rainforest Sky-explorer which sees you rise above the trees to the top of the mountain, zip line through the treetops, and travel through the forest on the high-tech sleds. Caroline Donaldson, Barrhead Travel Business Development Mgr


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