The best beach you've never heard ofPort Salut, Haiti
A towel laid out on an icing sugar stretch of sand, the sweet juice of a tender green coconut, an aquamarine sea gently lapping the shore, fresh seafood on the menu every evening - Port Salut in Haiti's south ticks the boxes of the perfect Caribbean holiday destination. But despite its picture postcard nature, there’s only a handful of other tourists in sight.
Recent years have seen tourism to Haiti flounder as a result of 2010’s devastating earthquake and a wave of political instability. But now the country has its sights firmly set on rebuilding the local tourism industry, with Port Salut a major focus. A major new all-inclusive resort just opened in the north – could the south be next? Either way, we'd strongly advise you get here sooner rather than later. With waterfalls, caves and historic ruins all within easy reach of the low-key hotels and guesthouses peppered around Port Salut, this tropical secret is bound to catch the attention of the world in the not too distant future.
- Lazing on the beach drinking rum cocktails is a no-brainer, but there’s also plenty of nearby attractions worth a look, such as the caves at Grotte Marie Jeanne
- You’ll have this slice of coastal heaven pretty much all to yourself
- For well-travelled wanderers it offers the perfect balance of grit and beauty
- Tourism is still in its infancy here, so don’t expect all the bells and whistles you’d find on neighbouring islands
- The relatively poor infrastructure means getting around Haiti can be time-consuming and at times dangerous – don’t travel at night
This is the tricky part. Port Salut is located around a 30-minute drive from Les Cayes and a hefty 230-kilometre drive from Port-au-Prince.