Surfing in Haiti

Surfing in HaitiBefore I get into surfing in Haiti, let’s learn a little about this country.  Haiti is located approximately 838 miles southeast of Florida and approximately 52 miles southeast of Cuba. Haiti is situated south of North America and north of South America.  Haiti shares the Island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Republic is located along Haiti’s entire eastern border.  Haiti has coastlines affected by the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean.

The capital of Haiti is Port-au-Prince which is also its largest city, the official languages of Haiti are French and Haitian Creole.  Haiti declared its independence from France in 1804.  Haiti is the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean.  Haiti provisional President is Jocelerme Priver.  The Prime Minister of Haiti is Enex Jean-Charles

According to Worldometers.com, Haiti is ranked 85 in the World in population, with a population of nearly eleven (11) million.  According to Statisticstimes.com, Haiti is ranked 140 in the World in gross domestic product (GDP), which is one of the indicators of the health of a country’s economy.  According to Indexmundi.com, eighty percent (80%) of Haiti’s population lives below the poverty level.

Surfing in Haiti

Map of Haiti – click to enlarge

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas.  95% of this country’s population is black and 5% is white, this 5%, controls a majority of the wealth in Haiti.  Haiti has a tropical climate and is the most mountainous country in the Caribbean.  Haiti is the third largest country in the Caribbean, behind Cuba and the Dominican Republic (its eastern neighbor).

Since we now know a little about Haiti, let’s learn about surf spots and surfing in Haiti.  Though not known as a premier surf destination, Haiti does have surf spots.  Here is some surf spots where you’ll be able to be surfing in Haiti: Ginsus, Pistons, Haiti the Point and Jacmel.

Ginsus

Ginsus is a reef break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Ginsus is located south of Cap Lamandou Hotel, which is approximately 1.4 miles from Aéroport de Jacmel (Jacmel Airport).

Pistons

Surfing in HaitiPistons is a river mouth break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experience surfer.  Pistons is located near Beach La Co New York and also near the Hotel Jacmelienne, which is approximately 1.7 miles from Aéroport de Jacmel (Jacmel Airport).

Haiti the Point

Haiti the Point is a reef break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Haiti the Point is located in Port-de-Paix near the Aéroport de Port-de-Paix (Port-De-Paix Airport), which is approximately 184 miles north of the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

Jacmel

Jacmel is a point break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all levels.  Jacmel is also located near Beach La Co New York and also near the Hotel Jacmelienne, which is approximately 1.7 miles from Aéroport de Jacmel (Jacmel Airport).

In Conclusion

Haiti is located on the Island of Hispaniola and share that island with the Dominican Republic.  Haiti is situated South of North America and North of South America, between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean.  Haiti is not known as a surf destination but if you find yourself in this country you can be surfing in Haiti by visiting: Ginsus, Pistons, Haiti the Point and Jacmel.

Check out my post: “Surfing Spots in Jamaica.”

Thanks for dropping in and if you should have any comments or questions, please post it in the comments section of this page.


4 thoughts on “Surfing in Haiti

  1. Stuart,
    Having read several of your past articles on surfing in different countries, as was done with all of the others this article about Haiti and all that it has to offer with the sport again was very informative.

    With the recent problems that the country has regarding disastrous weather, plus the poor state of the economy initially one might not associate Haiti with surfing. But any country that is surrounded on at least one side with an ocean would be one that you could find some pretty nice surfing locations.

    You did highlight several excellent spots on Haiti where one could get in surfing. I would think that with the state of the economy in Haiti that hotel accommodations to allow one to vacation and get in some surfing would be more advantageous as opposed to other locations.

    Great article as usual Stuart,
    Jeff

  2. Really enjoyed reading about Haiti. Thanks for this info. Though I am not a surfer, and I enjoy photography, I could imagine myself visiting Haiti to photograph the beautiful surrounds and also the surfers in action. I really enjoy watching surfers in action and admire their skills. Maybe, one day, I’ll be brave enough to give it a go!

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