Well, it’s too late now.

You have crossed the threshold.

There is no going back.

But who says you’ll want to?

After seeing some of these images of Haiti, you may want to rush over to the nearest airport and catch the first flight over to the caribbean.

That’s right, I said you’ll want to travel to Haiti. Actually, these photos may make you want to have a love affair with the Pearl.

I’ve already discussed in a previous post about my preconceived notions of Haiti (and everybody else’s) via the media and how they were blown to itty-bitty pieces by this marvelous country.

Of course there is still remnants the wear, tear, and destruction on the surface. But get ready baby — I’m going to take you past the surface and show you what lies beneath.

Remember, I DID warn you not to look.

Past this point you risk feasting your eyes on tantalizing cultural imagery, ravishing landscapes, and multiple travel-gasms. Since it was a bit surreal seeing this beauty after hearing about so much negative, I decided to play around with Snapseed and edit the photos a tad bit with a hint of HDR and a pinch of surreal.

Enjoy!

Oh, and click the photos…I double-dog dare you.

Haiti Travel 2013

We were here. Haiti, scratching below the surface in 2013.

Port Au Prince from above

Port Au Prince, capital city of Haiti from the roof of our hotel.

Hotel in Port Au Prince

Our stellar view from atop the Pacot Breeze Hotel over Port Au Prince. I watched the sunrise ever day we stayed here from this very spot.

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A vast valley greeted us after leaving the bustling capital city on our way to Cap-Haïtian. Reeds blew with the gentle breeze as we all three imagined soaring down on hang-gliders. Shall we start a business?

Nom Nom Plantains in Haiti

Food-gasm. Fried plantains with Pikliz — spiced and pickles vegetables not for the faint of heart. Bring the heat and douse this on the plantains and this makes for a meal I could (and did) eat everyday. Nom nom nom.

Motorbikes in Cap-Haïian

Motorbikes scurrying about the city of Cap-Haïtian in the morning. One of the rare times I saw the street this empty besides very late at night.

Haitian Cemetery in Cap-Haïtian

A haunting yet fascinating Haitian cemetery in Cap-Haitian. We were given a tour by a gentleman and I was utterly amazed by the color and scale of these memorials for the dead. I remember driving past many along the highway from Port Au Prince and I would always yell out, “Did you see that? Their cemeteries are so beautiful!”

Cruising on the Caribbean

Hop aboard the boat from Labadee in the north and escape to more private beaches.

Belly Beach in Labadee, Nord, Haiti

This is paradise before your eyes. After a night sleeping on the sand at Belly Beach to the left, I awoke at sunrise and climbed the jagged rocks. The sun crawled over the mountains illuminating the sky with crimson and orange and danced off the emerald waters.

Lizard being lazy

A lazy lizard soaking up the sun rays on Belly Beach. The way life should be! And, it seems like he digs posing for the camera as well.

stone archway in Haiti

Wandering into the hills above Labadee, this stone gateway was like the door to the Secret Garden, except more stunning beaches lie just beyond it.

Sunset over Belly Beach, Nord, Haiti

A canoe skims across the water at dusk. I could sit on the beach and watch this everyday, couldn’t you?

La Citadelle, mountain Fortress, Haiti

High up atop a 3,000ft mountain stands an enormous sandstone fortress known as La Citadelle. Erected as a defense against possible French invasion after the Haitians fought and gained independence, it is a reminder of the victory for freedom they fought for and a monument of great achievement.

And yes, I stood at the top with awe and said, “Gnarly!”

Cap-Haïtian from Above

Cap-Haïtian before sundown. It is the second largest city in Haiti and where much of the documentary we traveled to Haiti to film took place.

Soccer at Sunset

Right outside of Cap-Haïtian away from the congestions and noise is a quite school tucked near the mountains. Kids played soccer as the sun retreated behind the hills, and approached us to practice their English. Which I might say was damn good!

So, glad you looked? If you liked the photos, I would love if you commented and shared these great views with your friends. You’re awesome!

 

50 Comments

  1. Franz March 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Amazing, beautiful and captivating pictures. Thanks for showing the other side of Haiti.

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      Glad you love them Franz, thanks!

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  2. Derek March 20, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Damn, I shouldn’t have looked LOL. Amazing! Now I have to visit soon. My favorite photo is definitely Cap-Haïtian before sundown…the colors! Good job bro, you certainly take better pics than me 😉

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Ha! Well I am glad you did take a peak Derek! And I hope you do visit. Thanks for the rad compliment, I’m still learning so much about DSLR photography though, but the Cap-Haïtian photo was a favorite of mine as well!

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  3. Billy March 20, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Lookin good ryan¡ haiti is now on my list, thanks¡

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  4. Diana Pierre-Louis March 20, 2013 at 8:40 am

    You’re kind of a big deal. No, you are a big deal!!! I really do love your work and what you’re doing to help show beautiful haiti!!! Thanks again as always! Can’t wait for the documentary to come out!

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Aw shucks, thank you so much Diana! I wouldn’t say I’m a big deal but I’m flattered!So glad to help and stay tuned to the blog for more documentary details!

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Mission accomplished then Melissa, so glad I could get Haiti to steal your heart 😉 Yeah, waking up to a sight like that was spectacular!

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  5. loritz vernet March 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    sak pase patnem, ou anfom? thank you so much for that man, Haïti is my mother, you show a beautifull image of her. there are not only bad things like they usually show in news. anyway, every country got his own problem…. peace!!!! good job

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      You are very welcome Loritz, and I feel a piece of Haiti is with me now as well! There will be plenty more photos to come =)

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  6. Andye March 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Sooo I love your blog!!! I did a blog like that about a trip to Senegal, Africa. I’m fundraising for a plane ticket to Haiti so I can do the same! Thank you for your open-mindedness. It’s people like you who get to break the cycle of ignorance that the media fills our head with.

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Andye, I hope you do get the funds to visit Haiti! I’ve always wanted to visit Africa as well and I’m hoping I can in the next few years. I appreciate the compliment and I hope to really break down most assumptions about the world in general!

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  7. jason March 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Nice!!!! These are great images!! Id love to see , hear more about the documentary you guys went there to make!!! Also, FYI, Im importing Haitian Coffee to sell here in the states as im trying to create jobs and not just handouts… Anyways, I love you snapshots!!!

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      That is so awesome Jason, I NEED SOME HAITIAN COFFEE!!! Haha…I love it. But it’s great that you aren’t trying to just use the goods, but making sure Haiti is a part of the sales process and awareness to sell goods abroad. Great mission. Keep me updated!

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  8. natejinluce March 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    thank you for sharing! and i will do the same. I hope more people could go visit our beautiful Haiti we do have so much to offer.

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      I’m hoping so as well Nate. It’s seems like Haiti is on the cusp of some big growth potential and it’ll benefit from more people coming.

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  9. Kedenard March 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking. As a Haitian who is tired of images depicting poverty and despair, your pictures gave me life and reminded me why Haitians are so proud. Thanks so much.

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you Kedenard, and from my experience I know there is plenty to be proud of in Haiti. And I want to show that as much as possible.

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  10. Ralph March 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    excellent job with the pictures, Haiti is home and never considered it a vacation place. Planning a June vacation in Haiti now instead of Spain, thank you!

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      That is so great Ralph! Wow, I can’t believe I swayed you away from Spain, but I’m happy to. Haiti is up-and-coming as a vacation place, but if you like adventure and exploring it’ll definitely be an exciting trip. Stay tuned on here for some places to visit!

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  11. Leslie March 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks so much for taking the time to focus on Haiti’s beauty. You seriously barely scratched the surface 🙂 I’ve lived in Haiti for almost 8 years and still have my breath taken away. I most appreciate that you focused on what Haiti has to offer rather than the things that people often think are needing to be fixed.

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Oh trust me Leslie, I know I barely explored the country. I have a lot of commenters telling me that and I love to read that, because I know that I saw some amazing stuff, and if that was just a tiny percentage, then I’ll be back often! Well every country has things to be fixed, and maybe Haiti has some larger issues on hand, but negative posts or posted just mentioning that won’t due anything except bring it down further!

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  12. Myriam March 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for showing the beauty of Haiti!

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      You are very very Welcome Myriam =)

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  13. Sabine March 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for showing the beautiful side of my country, more people need to know that Haiti is more than what they see on the news and more important, people need to ask themselves why they never see that part of the country on TV. May god bless you for your work!

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Well Sabine, I think people should ask themselves that. But there is a reason why reality T.V. is popular, because of drama. And bad news seems to be the favored type of drama which garners attention. It’s a shame, but sadness sells it seems — and I won’t be a part of that!

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  14. Jaklien March 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Stunning!! And yes, I did fall in love.

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Rad! So glad I could play destination cupid with people and get them to fall in love =P

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  15. James Shannon March 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Absolutely stunning bro! I was pinning like mad the whole post (I have a Pinterest account) … can’t wait to see more! 🙂

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Ha, keep on Pinning James! I will never complain, and glad you dig them enough to pin them!

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  16. Lindy March 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Wow, amazing! I once again know why I don’t read newspapers – I much rather form my opinion on any subject based on information like this 🙂

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Oh Lindy, I haven’t watched the news or read a newspaper in ages because of that reason! But if you pick up a newspaper in Haiti, it is all great news and progressive thinking! Crazy the contrast…

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  17. Mireille March 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Very nice job.
    Thank you for your great interest in Haiti

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  18. Name March 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Beautiful shots Ryan! Especially liked the dusk and water ones. Haiti wow! 🙂

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Aaron! It was hard for me to pick even 5 so I had to put up a bunch! Glad you dig em!

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author March 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much Kristin 🙂

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  19. Joshua March 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Wow! Wow! Wow! My eyes are having a meltdown! So vibrant I feel happy inside. My day is made. Must go there myself one day.

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author April 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Hahaha, great Josh, glad I could give your eyes a meltdown. Hope you do visit someday!

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  20. Arianwen April 3, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Yep, I’m sold. It looks incredible. And I really like the style of your blog too 🙂

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  21. Emma @ GottaKeepMovin May 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Awesome photos! I especially love the one of the sun creeping over the hills, and the lizard one of course! Great to see some coverage from Haiti as it gets a lot of bad press, as you mentioned. Would definitely consider going now you’ve posted all these pictures!

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Emma! So glad you love the photos. Yes, that was my main goal to show people the other side of Haiti. =)

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  22. Moriyah October 24, 2013 at 2:03 am

    You’re doing an amazing job Ryan! 🙂 Thank you! And keep up the good works! Haiti deserve to be recognize in such a beautiful manner 🙂

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author October 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Cheers, so happy you like the photos and I am glad that it can make an impact!

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  23. keri March 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Wow. Just WOW. Favorite is the dreaminess of the kids playing soccer outside of Cap-Haitien. Thanks for capturing this beauty and making me excited to see this in person.
    you got seriou talent, too! just sold me Canon 5D mark 11 for the upgrade to the Mark 111 and still having major focusing issues. Not sure if that means anything to you (if you’re a Canon dude) but I am determined to capture some of this beauty as you have !!

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author April 2, 2014 at 4:32 am

      Super stoked that you’ll see it in person, Haiti definitely was like a fantasy after all of the negative things I had heard. Glad you love the photos!

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  24. Anastasia Sofia | Gallivant Girl April 26, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Wow, stunning photos! I’m happy I ignored your advice and took a peek. Great to see the place shown in such a beautiful light.

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    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author April 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Anastasia, your comments are appreciated highly! So happy to read you enjoyed the photos and post!

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