Located on an island mass shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Port au Prince is set in a cove on the Gulf of Gonave. Almost on the western border of Haiti, this city is of great cultural and historic importance. In 1749, Port au Prince was incorporated under the French rule and continues to be Haiti's biggest metro city today. All of the city's commercial areas are closer to the Caribbean Sea while the residential locales are on hills away from the water.
Port au Prince is known to have been inhabited by humans since 2,600 BC, when a group known as the Taino came to settle here. However, in 1503, the Spaniards massacred the leaders of this group and began a direct rule. Later, the French colonised it and left an indelible footprint on the region. Even today, some bits of the French influence can be seen in this city. You can take a car for hire in Port au Prince and drive through the center of the town to visit the remains of several historical structures such as the National Palace, the Cathedral de Port au Prince, and the National Museum, among others. Most of the buildings in the city are undergoing repairs in the aftermath of the huge earthquake that hit Port au Prince in 2010.
Petionville is an area which has really come alive after the earthquake. There are upscale restaurants, supermarkets stuffed with European products, local hotels, landscaped houses, and art galleries. Travellers often come here to buy cheap and unique art pieces, although the souvenirs are not very unique. You can rent a car in Port au Prince and visit Petionville to experience a slightly different atmosphere from the rest of the country. Another place to visit is the Marche de Fer, or the Iron Market, which has been rebuilt now to its original form. Here you will find great deals on almost everything if you are good at bargaining.
Apart from the main city, where beach activity and architectural wonders will keep you busy, you can also take a car for rent in Port au Prince and drive to the surrounding scenic places. There are many day trip options such as Carrefour, Hinche, Leogane, Petit Goave, and Jacmel.
For a city that has gone through natural calamities and economic upheaval, Port au Prince is definitely an amazing place to visit. History has seeped into every part of the city and makes travelling here a great adventure. So come experience this adventure and enjoy a little piece of the Haitian culture.
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