Haiti’s North

Today, Haiti's northern corridor is both one of the more economically challenged regions in the country, while also offering the best possibilities for growth and competitive industry. Extending from Cap Haitian in the west to Ouanminthe in the east, the total population is just under one million with 60% of the population between the ages of 16 and 40. The region has a rich history and heritage dating back to 1492 and the arrival of Christopher Columbus who landed at Mole St. Nicholas, just a twenty minute drive from the site of the industrial park. The Bay of Fort Liberte with its historic port is a bustling town today with encouraging signs of construction and growth. The town of Ounaminthe has grown rapidly over the past five years with 6,000 jobs now at the CODEVI Industrial park which houses Grupo M and Timberland, who produce apparel and footwear.

This region of Haiti also has a lot to offer for tourism – famed beaches, waterfalls, limestone caves and historical monuments:

Vertieres: Just outside the Cap Haitien city, you can visit the historic site of Vertieres, where a last battle of the Haitian Revolution took place.

Morne Rouge – Bois Caiman: The site of a historic vodou ceremony led By Boukman, a vodou priest and slave rebellion leader thought to have launched the first major efforts to expel French forces from Haiti.

Palais Sans Soucis: Built under Henri Christophe's rule in the early 1800s, The Sans Soucis Palace was originally constructed as a residential and administrative center for Henri Christophe's government. In 1842 the palace was severely damaged by an earthquake. Today, its stunning ruins are evocative enough to transport visitors to another time.

Citadelle Laferrière: located 27Km outside of Cap Haitien city, the Citadelle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the magnificent mountain top fortress built under Henri Christophe [it used to carry the name of the self-appointed Northern King and known as "La Citadelle Henri"], an important general during the Haitian Revolution. Perched 3000ft up the mountain of Bonnet A L'Eveque, it was originally designed as a lookout point and defense fort to ward off potential attacks by the French. It boasts 365 cannons of varying size with cannon balls neatly stacked next to each canon. The Citadelle's massive structure was built over a period of 15 years with the help of 20,000 workers. The views from her rooftop are awe-inspiring.