Haiti Tourism Essay

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La Beauté Derrière Les Ruines Even though Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere-with 80% of the population living under the poverty line-on average, over 10,000 people vacation there per month. What lies behind the image of ruins, dirt, and trash that is often portrayed, is the remarkable beaches and tourist destinations. One example of this is Haiti’s capital city, Port au Prince. There are only two ways to get to Haiti, a long boat ride or-my preference-flying. Round trip tickets to Haiti cost about $575. After a long flight, I chose one of their many hotels, La Villa Creole. Averaging at $100 and up per night, La Villa Creole provides guest with-free parking, room service, a fitness center, high-speed internet, a swimming pool, and their own restaurant. Rather than dining in my hotel, I decided to check out some other popular restaurants in the area. My first choice was the top-rated restaurant in the city, The Magdoos. When I arrived, I was shocked by the beyond gorgeous and elegant setting. After speedy service, my palate was delighted with many Caribbean flavors available in their extensive and detailed menu. Another prominent place to grab a bite is Kay Atizan, that is if you are open to only Haitian cuisine. Kay Atizan is known for serving all Haitian dishes, rather than the other Caribbean entrees often served at nearby restaurants. Haiti, a French and Creole speaking country has a unique array of food; they have deep roots influenced by French, Spanish, Africans, and Native Taino techniques. Haitian cuisine is known for its abundant use of meats and vegetables. They also use an extensive amount of herbs and spices to enhance flavor, making many dishes moderately spicy. While there, I learned Haitians are very fond of desserts and sweets. They often include a large amount of sugar cane and granulated sugar. Port au Prince

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