Port-au-Prince Travel Facts

The Basics

City Name: Port-au-Prince

Where is it located?: Port-au-Prince is located in Haiti, in the southern part of the country, on the Atlantic Ocean.

Why do people go there?: Port-au-Prince is not for the fainthearted – this is a rough city that is perfect for those who love to be overwhelmed by sights, sounds and smells.

How do travelers get there?: Most travelers fly into Port-au-Prince.

Currency: Gourde (HTG)

City Code: None needed

Population: 1.15 million

Languages: French (official), Creole (official)

Travel Information

Attractions: March de Fer, Culture, Hustle and Bustle

Tourist Office: Haiti-National Office of Tourism Ave Marie-Jeanne Port-au-Prince +509-21729; //www.haitionline.com/

Off-the-beaten-path: Kaliko Beach, Leogane, Petit Goave,

Health Issues: Typhoid fever

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The holy season around Lent rewards travelers with more expensive prices, but nice weather and cultural inclusion.

Common Phrases: Bonjour! – Good morning!; Bonswa! – Good afternoon!/Evening! (used after 11 AM); Komon ou ye? – How are you?; N’ap boule! (Most common greeting and response) – Good!; Wi – Yes; yo – they, them; Non – No; Mesi – Thanks; Anmwe! – Help!

How to get around?: Collective taxis do the trick! Just plan on extra time for the driver to drop off all those in front of you as well.

Good to know: Port-au-Prince is the biggest center for finance and economy of Haiti.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Port-au-Prince is the Toussaint Louverture International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Port-au-Prince travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.