At last emerging from the devastation wrought by the 2010 earthquake, Haiti is poised to put that chapter behind her and embrace the possibilities that come with a new and expanded airport, a renewed focus on tourism, and a measurable increase in visitors from the US and UK. Travelers who love history, culture, art and music are drawn to this Caribbean country on the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.
Port-au-Prince is the capital and the largest city of Haiti. With between 2.5 and 3 million inhabitants, it represents close to 30 percent of the country's total population. The city acquired its status in 1770, replacing Cap-Francais (now known as Cap-Haitian) as the capital of the colony of Saint-Domingue. In 1804, it became the capital of the newly independent Haiti, the very first black republic.
Port-au Prince is located in the Departement de l'Ouest and the geographic layout of the city shows the commercial district surrounding the water and the country's main maritime port. The primary cultural activities of the city are located close to the Presidential Palace on the Champ de Mars and include the Cathedral and the National Museum.
Nearby Petionville extends into the hills approximately 20 minutes away from the center of Port-au-Prince. Petionville was named after the first president of the Republique of Haiti, Alexandre Petion, and is known for its more affluent residential neighborhoods, shopping, nightlife and abundance of high-end restaurants.