Day tour to Haiti from DR
A one or two day trip to Cap-Haitien might be safe enough. And Cap Haitien has two, only two, hotels you might stay at comfortably and safely: the very nice Roi Christophe and a swanky hotel at the top of the bluff, over the city (I can't remember the name but it is easy to find.)The rest of the city is quite fallen apart and disgusting.
From Cap Haitien, it is only 30 minutes to the village of Milot and the Citadelle, a huge fortress perched on a mountain top and one of the wonders of the world. It contains the world's largest collection of ancient maritime cannons from the British, French and Spanish navies.
Milot is a well kept and clean village where you can eat and sleep safely.Just don't go anywhere near Port-Au-Prince and enjoy your trip.
On the other side of Cap-Haitien, there is a resort-like beach enclave called Labadie. But I didn't make it that far.
I'm afraid Louisghiker is right-- Haiti is a disaster. All you have to do is see all the Haitians who sneak across the border to work in the DR, which itself is a pretty poor country, to know how desperate things are in Haiti. I'd react similarly if you suggested a day trip to Somalia or Rwanda,except I think Haiti is poorer.
Lucky for you, there are so many great towns in the DR, which is a heck of a lot safer than the all-inclusives will lead you to believe, so long as you're street-smart at night, which includes not wandering around drunk and alone.
I'd check out the whole north coast, especially sosua and cabrera (cabarete is great too, but more resort-like). You can find adventure just about everywhere. I'd also suggest driving the mountain road from Puerto Plata to Santiago, and taking the scenic route to Santo Domingo-- just do it in good weather.
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