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Sustainable travel guide Ann-Sophie

Ann-Sophie in Port-au-Prince

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"If you're into nature and adventure, the hike to Seguin is a once in a lifetime experience"

Ann-Sophie Hamilton is one of the brightest Haitian voices on Instagram. Using visual storytelling, she takes her followers on adventures around Haiti, inviting us to fall in love with every facet of the island.

 

Based in Port-au-Prince, Ann-Sophie has established herself as a blogger, travel planner, business owner, and life coach. In 2015, she moved back to Haiti from Canada and launched her own sustainable tourism company, Mennen’m La Tours.

 

We asked Ann-Sophie to tell us all about her favourite places to visit in Haiti.

Ann-Sophie visiting Nippes Department

Photo: Anne-Sophie

What's the first thing we should try, do or see once we arrive in Haiti?

 

The first thing to do, of course, is to try the food. Good, authentic, Haitian food is a must!

 

The second thing, if you want to see a beautiful Haitian beach – which you most likely will, is to head to Balanier, without a doubt.

What is your favorite upscale place to eat? How about your favorite ordinary place to eat?

 

I have a few. I really like to eat at Le Florville. The food there is really good, and the view of the mountains is really nice. I like Portofino; it’s not really casual but not extremely fancy — somewhere in between. Quartier Latin is also a great place to grab a bite; I really love the décor. I really like eating at Haiku, as well.

 

Bacchus opens only late at night. It has the best goat and pork, and their fried plantains and spicy sauce are really nice. It’s a little place that you only know about if someone tells you about it. It’s clean and quite spacious.

Which city outside of Port-au-Prince is a must-see, and why?

 

Jacmel would be my must-see, because there’s so much to do. Each city is known for something. Petit-Goave is known for beaches. Nippes is the destination for waterfalls. Jacmel is a combination of many things: good food, good art, and they also have Bassin Bleu – which is a must visit.

 

Their beaches are really good for surfing, if you’re into that. In the outskirts of Jacmel, there are also a lot of plantations — awesome places to see.

What’s one place nature-lovers should absolutely see?

 

If you're into nature and adventure, the hike to Seguin is a once in a lifetime experience – because some people only have the strength do it only once, but it’s so worth it! It’s a seven-hour hike from Furcy to Seguin, but when you get there, there’s a waterfall and a guest house with good food.

 

It’s a very challenging experience, but with a good group and healthy snacks, it’s definitely possible and an awesome attraction! Mennen’m La Tours can organize tours for people who already have a group and who would like to make it to Seguin!

Where should we go to get the best souvenirs and artworks?

 

In Port-au-Prince, I recommend Place St. Pierre in Pétion-Ville for paintings and other artworks, and Village de Noailles for iron artwork.

 

In Jacmel, there are plenty of little shops all over the city where you can get a variety of different artworks and souvenirs.

Ann-Sophie visiting Cap-Haitien

Photo: Anne-Sophie

Ann-Sophie dining in style at My Roots

Photo: Anne-Sophie

Ann-Sophie visiting Bassin Bleu

Photo: Anne-Sophie


Interview by Kelly Paulemon.

 

Published January 2020


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