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Jacmel, Haiti Travel Guide – Top Attractions, Restaurants and Hotels

Located in southern Haiti, Jacmel has a history of being both a beautiful destination and a city of firsts. In 1925, Jacmel became the first Caribbean city to have electricity. Since then, the nickname City of Light has stuck with the Haitian holiday escape.

UNESCO has tentatively named Jacmel’s city center as a World Heritage Site thanks to its glorious old French architecture. The city’s wonderful historical sites and its beautiful coastline make Jacmel a great destination from the hustle and bustle of Port-au-Prince. In just two hours, you can be enjoying the laid back atmosphere and beautiful beaches of Jacmel


Bassin Bleu

Bassin Bleu is one of Jacmel’s most scenic places to visit. Situated in the mountains above Jacmel, Bassin Bleu is almost hidden from visitors. The area is made up of three pools of water that flow from a natural waterfall. It is pure Haitian beauty. Have a dip in the pools for an exhilarating good time.

Jacmel Beach

Jacmel Beach is bursting with life and the entire area is full of vibrancy. There is a boardwalk at the beach for you to stroll down and venture to the various shops, restaurants and cafes. On a sunny day, it is the place to go to enjoy the beauty that is Jacmel by the sea.

Explore the arts

Jacmel is full of great art and artists that have shops with their crafts. Exploring the shops is like going from one museum to the next, and it gives you the opportunity to take a unique souvenir back with you when you go home.


Hotel Florita

This 19th century hotel was built as the mansion to a local coffee producer. The hotel retains much of its old charm as it has remained remarkably intact over the years. The hotel’s courtyard is perfect to spend the evening underneath the stars in as you sip rum sours made from locally produced ingredients.

Cap Lamandou Hotel

Beautiful and modern, the Cap Lamandou offers spacious rooms with brilliant balconies to spend your time lounging upon. The hotel offers a great restaurant and swimming pool facilities to help you relax on your holiday to Jacmel.

Hotel le Rendez-Vous

Situated in downtown Jacmel, the Hotel le Rendez-Vous is well-known for its bountiful breakfast and out of this world coffee. The hotel’s great location gives visitors the chance to access the many great attractions in the center of Jacmel.

Villa Nicole

Located on the outskirts of Jacmel’s city center, the Villa Nicole offers holidaymakers a chance to experience a laid back beach stay. The charming boutique hotel is right on the beach, which gives visitors the chance to spend the day perfecting their Caribbean tans. With great food from its restaurant and impeccable service, the Villa Nicole is your comfortable home away from home in Jacmel.

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Hotel Florita Restaurant

Located in the Hotel Florita, the restaurant is considered one of the best places to eat in Jacmel. Visitors rave about the coffee, which is produced locally. The food is delicious too; and a favorite of both locals and tourists who venture to the city. Large portions and wonderful Haitian fare give customers a reason to come back again and again.


Friendly staff and large portions characterize this fantastic Haitian food restaurant. Sit outside and enjoy a meal of fresh fish and plantains as you watch the world go by. The Makadaso restaurant in Jacmel is a perfect stop for tourist as they explore the city.

Sur Le Toit Bar & Grill

Everything at the Sur Le Toit Bar & Grill is made to order. Delicious appetizers, savory main meals and sweet desserts are all on the menu here. The Sur Le Toit Bar & Grill serves fresh fish caught from the Caribbean or out of this world Haitian BBQ. This beach restaurant also has guest rooms available for visitors place to to stay.


Many of the hotels in Jacmel provide wedding services for travelers looking for a special place to say ‘I do’. There is nothing more romantic than walking down the aisle with the ocean as your backdrop. Let friends and family join you as you have a wedding in paradise along with a honeymoon to match.

Hotels like the Cap Lamandou provide you with great options when it comes to your special day. The hotel can take care of everything and make your wedding the best it can be.

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