Located on Haiti’s north coast, Cap Haitien is a hub for Caribbean culture, history, and – of course – beauty. Once the richest city in the Caribbean, Cap Haitien, sometimes simply known as ‘Cap,’ offers visitors a wide variety of things to do and see. Learn about the Caribbean’s rich colonial history from the city’s architectural gems, historical sites, and religious monuments. Or, relax at one of Cap Haitien’s many beaches.
Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.
Named after a 17th century French explorer, Labadee is both a beach and a port located on the north side of Cap Haitien. Owned by the Royal Caribbean cruise line, Labadee is oriented for tourists looking to soak up the sun and enjoy breathtaking ocean views. Here, visitors can soar down the ‘Dragon’s Tail’ zip line, or play on multiple water toys such as trampolines and slides. Labadee also offers visitors a range of snack bars and drink spots.
Sitting atop a lush green mountain south of Cap Haitien is the notable Citadelle Laferrière. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a large fortress dating back to 1805. The Citadelle is often viewed as a symbol of Haiti, as it was built by one of the country’s most prominent leaders, Henri Christophe. Visitors can rent a horse or hike the small trek up to the fortress by foot, stopping for drinks or souvenirs on the way. Once reaching the Citadelle, visitors can learn about the history of the structure along with the general history of Haiti while taking in magnificent views of the north coast.
Cathedral Notre Dam de Cap Haitien
Situated in the center of the Cathedral Square, Cathedral Notre Dam de Cap Haitien is one of the most beautiful buildings in Cap Haitien. Finished in the early 20th century, the cathedral serves as an icon of the Christian roots in Haiti. The cathedral boasts a massive white façade, stained glass windows, light blue painted cupolas and an airy arched ceiling above the pews. Visitors can enter through the entrance on the church’s right side.
Visitors looking for somewhere to eat should look no further than Lakay. This Caribbean restaurant is a popular hang out spot for locals and tourists alike. The restaurant’s bright yellow exterior cannot be missed and is perfectly located across the street from the Oceanside. Enjoy gorgeous seaside views and live entertainment while dining in the restaurant’s half indoor, half outdoor dining room. Decorated with blue table clothes, painted white wooden chairs and classy lanterns, Lakay is a wonderful balance between casual and suave.
Visitors can take a short water taxi ride from Labadee to Paradis, a small and alluring cove. Paradis feels much more secluded and remote than Labadee and is a great escape from more touristy beaches. Here, visitors are able to lay out, lounge and enjoy the relaxed sandy cove set amongst a lush green tropical landscape. Also, there is a small bar and café for visitors craving a snack or beverage.
Kokiyaj Bar & Grill
This seaside bar is a fun and causal restaurant to stop by at for an easygoing yet delicious meal. Known for being a vivacious and entertaining restaurant, previous visitors often talk about the smiles on both the staff and the diners’ faces. The restaurant offers a Creole American menu with dishes such as conch and pumpkin soup with fish dumplings, lobster tails and a range of sandwiches. Although Kokiyaj is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner it is recommended that diners come in the early evening in order to enjoy stunning views of the sunset.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.