Okay, you’re visiting Haiti for the first time – what a privilege. And so you may have questions. I’ve gathered a few for you below.
Well, really nothing you don’t already know. Dining etiquette is universal for the most part so it won’t be different in Haiti.
- Learn how to convert the currency from USD to Haitian Dollar and Gourdes. That will be very important, unless you’re traveling with your Accountant. For example; 1 USD is equivalent 8.7 HD and 43.5 Gourdes. That means for every $1 you have will equal out to 8.7HD and 43.5G. Sound really redundant, but repetition is key.
- Brush up on your French skills, and especially Creole. They love to see visitors try to speak the language – it humanizes you. And who knows, they make throw you in a complimentary drink or dessert.
- As I stated earlier in the post – etiquette is universal. So, tip. In the States gratuity is 20 percent, and no less than 15 percent. No tipping and/or Low tipping is regarded as offensive to any server or someone who is rendering your service.
- Don’t walk around with a large amount of cash on your person. This should have been first, now that I think about it. You don’t want to be lose your money or overspend because of miscalculations. I’ve done it, so I know. And now I’m sharing.
In Haiti, your money (USD) can go a long way – even on a budget. Food is cheap there. But what will get you are the souvenirs. So putting some money aside to make those purchases separately is a VERY good idea. Oh, and lastly, Enjoy the experience!