Port-au-Prince has managed to maintain a Port-au-Prince tourism industry despite political instability. The Petion-Ville area of Port-au-Prince is highly wealthy and Port-au-Prince vacation are very popular in this areas. Outside of the city are the Plaine du Cul de Sac plains that run to the Dominican public. A well known Cathedral visited for its architecture by the tourists is the Cathedrale de Port-au-Prince. The Musee d'Art Haitien du Dolege St Pierre contains some of the countries most art and the Musee Naitonal is a historical musem featuring King Henri Christophe's suicide pistol and a rusty anchor that is claimed to have been salavaged from the Santa Maria ship. Some notable cultural sites include the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a colonial cathedral, the National Archives, National Library, and National Museum.
On Port-au-Prince vacation you will like you are in a small town. In reality it has more than one million inhabitants and it's by far the largest city of the country. The fact remains that there are mostly two-story buildings and only two "skyscrapers" (both less than 20 stories). Port-au-Prince is a place to be avoided at present. With an average of 35 kidnappings a week and frequent exchanges of fire between police, United Nations troops and the criminal gangs that dominate the city's coastal slums, this is a location that requires caution.
The Petionville area of the city is far more secure, with nightlife and business proceeding with an air of normalcy that is a stark contrast to other parts of this city. On Port-au-Prince vacation visit its popular attractions. Port-au-Prince is a pretty city with more than enough things to do and see, like: Delfly Mansion, which was designed by a Haitian architect and is an impressive example of 19th-century French.
Iron Market. Strangely enough the Iron market sells not iron but food and various other consumer goods. It is a lively place with wonders only the Haitian's can bring alive with their spirit.
Cathedral of St. Trinity, With its huge paintings and murals of the local voodoo and Catholic spiritualism. The Museum of Haitian Art, which displays the country's best collection of local art characterized by bold color and by the depiction of plants animals and people.The National Museum, which houses Haitian relics early costumes paintings and historic documents in a hilltop mansion. (For us the highlights of the museum were the anchor from The National Museum of History is near the National Palace and houses information and artifacts describing the history of Haiti from the time of the Arawak and Taino Indians to the 1940's.
An excursion should be made into the hills behind Port-au-Prince to the suburb of Petionville (though it is also a good choice for a place to stay) during Port-au-Prince vacation. High above the city it has some of Haiti's loveliest hotels as well as a casino a 9-hole golf course and tennis courts. There are also a variety of boutiques art galleries and some of the capital's best restaurants. The Jane Barbancourt Rum distillery is near Petionville (tours available).
The Tuesday market in nearby Kenscoff is also worth visiting. From here you get great views of the harbor and city. Another place is Fort St Jacques. Ft. Jacques Artisanat is a forge where handmade furniture and decorative objects are sold.