Approximately three hours to the south of Port au Prince, the coastal town Jacmel feels like a world away. This cultural hub of Haiti feels like the French Quarter in New Orleans thanks to gorgeous wrought iron detailing adorning the many buildings.
It's a comfortable place to stroll along the quiet streets admiring the stunning architecture, brightly colored doorways, shopping from street vendors wanting to show you their rolled up canvas paintings or woven baskets, as you occasionally stop in shops selling traditional papier mache goods. Be sure to take a walk down by the water on a newly constructed boardwalk made of colorful mosaic tiles, grab a bite to eat at the fabulous Hotel Florita, and stop in to see Moro at Les Creations Moro just down the street from Hotel Florita.
Whether travel plans are for a quick day trip or for a weekend getaway, Jacmel is a must-visit place during any trip to Haiti.
A note about traveling to Jacmel: Jacmel might not look like it's far from Port au Prince on any map but anyone who has sat in traffic crawling in and out of the capital city and traversed the mountain to get to the coastal city will tell you otherwise.