Where to rent a car in Haiti?
The Caribbean nation of Haiti is located on the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Its capital is Port-au-Prince, and the currency is the Haitian Gourde. Toussaint Louverture International Airport serves Port-au-Prince and is the busiest airport in Haiti as well as a common point of arrival for those traveling to Haiti by air. It is also a good place from which to rent a car for those wishing to explore Haiti on four wheels. Avis and Budget both offer car rental services from the airport, while other car rental companies operating within Haiti include Hertz and Asus Rent-A-Car. Driving in Haiti can be something of an experience for those not used to the terrain, which is often difficult to drive across. Traffic jams are a common occurrence, and drivers can be unpredictable. That being said, renting a car in Haiti allows for freedom of itinerary and an unforgettable experience!
What are the driving rules in Haiti?
As well as a valid driver's license, visitors to Haiti will also need an International Driving Permit in order to rent a car and drive in Haiti. When in Haiti, drive on the right-hand side of the road and pay careful attention to other drivers, who may appear to ignore the rules of the road. Roads are often unmarked and chaotic. It is illegal to drink and drive in Haiti, and it is a legal requirement to wear a seat belt. The speed limit in Haiti is often not signposted, and drivers should drive with care when renting a car in Haiti.
Road trips in Haiti
While driving in Haiti can be dangerous, there are a number of destinations which can be explored by rental car. Beaches, French colonial architecture, and museums are all included in these three road trip destinations in Haiti.
Haiti's capital city overlooks Port-au-Prince bay, and is home to a population of over two million. The Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien allows visitors to learn more about Haiti's fight for independence as well as the country's history; while the Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption (much of which was destroyed during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti) is another site to visit in Port-au-Prince. From the city, the Étang Saumâtre lake is a short drive away. Haiti's largest lake lies on the border with the Dominican Republic and offers beautiful views.
A coastal city in the north of Haiti, Cap-Haïtien offers visitors a calmer atmosphere than busy Port-au-Prince. Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Cap-Haitien is the jewel in the city's crown in terms of visitor attractions, offering an insight into the city's French colonial past. Nearby attractions include the popular Labadee Beach, which is just over a half-hour drive away; and the historic mountain fortress of Citadelle Laferrière.
Jacmel and Haiti's south coast
The coastal town of Jacmel is home to French colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, and relaxing natural retreats. In town, notable buildings include Maison Cadet and Cathédrale de St Philippe et St Jacques. Nearby sights accessible by rental car include the Bassin-Bleu pools and beaches such as Raymond Les Bains, while Port-au-Prince is around three hours away by car.