We're so excited to be hosting you - your only regret will be booking a departure flight at all ;) If you can fill out the final form below, it will guide us in assuring your tastebuds and vacation aspirations are tailored like a new Caribbean (swim)suit. Information on your arrival, a packing list and other need-to-know information below.
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-The Kin Team
This great adventure is creatively designed to take shape with the particular movements of our vacation and are rich with surprise, so here's a teaser. As with all Kin trips, we encourage you to join anything that inspires you or opt out to have a heavenly safari camp to yourself. May the day dreams you already had be further wild!
Day 1: Arrive Labadie
Upon exciting the airport, we hop in vans and cruise right into the vibrant bustle of Cap-Haitien, once the capital of the French Caribbean empire (‘the Paris of the Antilles’). We hit a bodega-like shop for provisions and a quick bite, climb a ridge and wind through a few small towns on the coast line to Labadie, where the road ends. We'll board a local 'kannot' and cut through reefs to our Swiss Family Robinson hideaway. After a swim, sundowners and dinner, a vodou priest and drummers will bless our journey.
Day 2: Hike to Port Français
A slow family breakfast, and time to explore the beach & reef and tan with new homies. Late morning, we embark on a hike to a mountain village called Port Francais, the focus of our community impact. It is a gorgeous gorgeous, place. We learn about the challenges facing the village, the solutions enabled by our travelers and partners, visit a school, play some futball with the kids and make our way down for sunset toasts back at camp, dinner, cocktails, bonfire and night swim.
Day 3: Paradise Cove and Labadie
After a lazy morning brunch, we cruise to Paradise Cove for suntanning, Spikeball and lunch. When sufficiently bronzed, we hop a kannot to the beachside village of Labadie for a walk through, dominos, moonshine tasting and make our way back to camp during sundown.
Day 4: Citadel Hike
We set off early with breakfast on the kannaot and Caravan to San Souci palace and begin our hike (or ride on horseback) to the Citadel, a extraordinary mountaintop fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit Haiti Design Co., one of Kin’s social enterprise partners, for a makers workshop, tacos and crash course on their work developing artisan entrepreneurship in Haiti.
Day 5: Sailing Balancé
After breakfast, we board Balancé, a one-of-a-kind 62' sailboat for a sail to Baie de l'Acul, the first landing place of Columbus and home of infamous piracy lore. We stop for swim and lunch and continue our sail to Ile a Rat, a tiny paradise island for an afternoon of relaxing, returning to camp for our final family dinner.
Day 6: Depart
Sunrise dip, breakfast and packing before hugs and a family adventure to the airport for departure.
There is a daily, direct American Airlines flight from Miami (MIA) to Cap-Haitien (CAP) that is by far the best option. We suggest guests arrive the first day of the listed trip and depart the last day listed as we are unable to provide any transportation or accommodations outside of the scheduled trip dates because we're either building or turning-over the camp. If are considering booking a different connecting flight, please confirm details with our team before booking.
*We require all guests purchase flight / trip insurance should any events out of our control cause a cancellation of the trip. Kin will not be liable for costs incurred by cancellation.
You’ll step off the plane right onto the tarmac with a band playing and tropical breeze. You’ll pay $10 USD for customs and your host Dillon will be on the other side with reggae and roadies to embark. We'll make a pitstop at a friend's restaurant for lunch before a caravan over the mountain to our boat that will take us to camp for the week. For departure, we’ll do the whole thing in reverse.
Weather on the north coast of Haiti is generally blissful. There is little seasonal variation in temperature ranging in the 80s during the day and the 70s during the evening. Rainfall is moderately low for tropical islands this time of year but you can expect occasional scattered showers that usually are brief so please bring a light raincoat to stay dry.
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. Check Haiti visa requirements for your nationality here. U.S. citizens are issued a tourist visa at the airport passport control for a $10 tariff payable in cash only (USD are accepted). Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return with at least 3 blank pages for visa stamps. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. Kin Travel cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt of your visa requirements, please contact your Embassy for full details.
Printouts (or e-copies saved to your phone) of travel documents and important travel info
Hat / sunglasses / sunscreen
Swimsuit / light layers / running shorts / light sweats
Sweater and light rain coat
Waterproof backpack or dry bag (we're surrounded by the sea!)
Flipflops (something that can get wet) and athletic shoes for a hike or two
Reusable bottle / canteen (24oz - 36oz for days away from camp)
Headlamp / flashlight
Toiletries (we will provide one bath towel and one beach towel)
Solar battery pack for charging cell phone & cameras
Wine or liquor at duty free if specific preference
Book / magazines
Offline playlists for jammin’
WhatsApp downloaded to phone
International cell phone plan*
*There will be no wifi connectivity while at our beach safari hideaway. If cell / data connectivity is required, we recommend purchasing an international plan through your cellphone carrier to connect to the local network.