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Old 16-03-2013, 17:33   #1
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Visiting Haiti, les Cayes

Hello ,
anybody know anything about a risk of visiting this area
we are heading there now !!!
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Old 16-03-2013, 17:45   #2
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Re: Visiting Haiti, les Cayes

Never leave your boat unattended, anywhere in Haiti! If you do, anything metal on your boat will be removed (stolen) within an hour. If I was you, I'd skip Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Aim for the Cayman Islands or Jamaica, instead. Sail away! Mauritz
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Never leave your boat unattended, anywhere in Haiti! If you do, anything metal on your boat will be removed (stolen) within an hour. If I was you, I'd skip Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Aim for the Cayman Islands or Jamaica, instead. Sail away! Mauritz
Teknav is right! Don't sail to Haiti. If boaters start heading there it will turn into another yachting Luperon debauch. Truth be told, Haiti is a fascinating country to explore by boat...any oh yes, if you leave your boat unattended you might find some parts missing on your return. Just like Ft. Lauderdale where another Yachtie liberated my new Mariner outboard motor. The Haitian people you encounter will be appreciative and friendly. This is amazing considering what we (France, US etc) have done to punish Haiti. Please. Only sail where White people are safe! (If you can find such a place).
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Old 07-06-2013, 16:04   #4
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Re: Visiting Haiti, les Cayes

Hello dear boaters,
We have visited Haiti, isle de vache, and have encountered a very poor people,
who have little intention to steal from your boat, ok there are a lot of 'boyboats' who try
to earn a buck by taking your trash or offering lobster or other service, can get a bit tiring
but all in all one of the better places during our Caribean trip,
I suppose we don't all look for the same thing, luckily
fair winds, R08
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Re: Visiting Haiti, les Cayes

You were at isle de vache, but did you go to the mainland as well?



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Old 08-06-2013, 14:31   #6
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Re: Visiting Haiti, les Cayes

We were told that if we went to the mainland we would have to do the clearance!
on isle de vache nobody cared, and it was said that if you had Haiti stamps in your passport it would mean quarantaine in Cuba, our destination after Haiti.
So no I did not visit the mainland, I suppose one can never talk about the entire country
if you have not visited the entire country, but that goes for them who posted the former
negative replies as well,,,,
And who visits the entire country((by boat))
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Re: Visiting Haiti, les Cayes

We were in Ile a Vache last year and I'm really glad we went. It was not an EASY port. Read about it here: more JOY everywhere!: Le Faux Pas (Première Partie)

We knew of many cruisers who went to Les Cayes but most went with a guide via a small boat, instead of anchoring there. The guys from Ile a Vache want to earn money - employing them for guides worked really well for us. From Port Morgan, we went to Madame Bernard with a guide - we went by dinghy but you can also walk there. We asked a guide to lead us to the fancy American-style resort across the village, Abaka Bay Resort, awesome wifi there, by the way. We were there in hurricane season and anxious to get south, so we only stayed a few days.
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Re: Visiting Haiti, les Cayes

Hi everyone,

I'm very very sad every time I hear or see these posts that describe Haïti as a site to avoid. I can understand TVs give a very bad image of Haïti, and I know that there was a time that Haïti was dangerous foir sailors. But today it's not!!! I'm living in Haïti since 12 years, and never never had a security problem. Sure it's not interesting to anchore and Port au Prince, but would you anchor in Harlem? So much paradises are waiting for you in all rest of Haïti!

I thank you a lot, laforge24, for coming here and say that you encounter beautiful sites and nice people. Because most of people that say Haïti isn't for sailing didn't come here to prove it.

I also counsel you to visit Mole St Nicolas, next time you 'll come
see facebook.com/molesaintnicolas
or boukanguinguette.com/
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The guys from Ile a Vache want to earn money - employing them for guides worked really well for us.
From your story I see the main trouble is to send off all of these workers/beggers. That's the problem in most of the poor countries ( white foreigner = rich and easy target). You probably have to pay one guy to send off the others and keep you in peace and silence )
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From your story I see the main trouble is to send off all of these workers/beggers. That's the problem in most of the poor countries ( white foreigner = rich and easy target). You probably have to pay one guy to send off the others and keep you in peace and silence )
Just to clarify, these guys were not begging, they wanted to work. We were a bit overwhelmed by all the attention, and we never sent clear "go away" signals - I think we would handle it better next time. When we went to the market one day, we did hire one guy to watch the boat - that worked well.

Bottom line: we were very happy that we visited Haiti.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Boukan.
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