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Thanks for seeing this all through. 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. 

Don't hesitate to shoot us a note or give us a ring if you have questions. You can email Dillon at hi@kin.travel or call/text +1 (203) 500-8486 or Katherine at community@herusa.org.

 

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- The Kin Travel + HER USA Teams!

Itinerary

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, 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

Morning yoga, 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 5: 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 4: 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

Morning yoga, breakfast and packing before hugs and a family adventure to the airport for departure. 

Flights*

 

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 or the minimum number of guests not be met. Kin will not be liable for costs incurred by cancellation.

Arrival / Departure

 

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. For departure, we’ll do the whole thing in reverse.

Weather

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.

Passports / Visas

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.

Packing List

 

  • Passport

  • Printouts 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)

  • Bug spray

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Solar battery pack for charging cell phone & cameras

  • Wine or liquor at duty free if specific preference

  • Book / magazines

  • Offline playlists for jammin’

  • Cash

  • WhatsApp downloaded to phone

  • International cellphone 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.

Dancing

 

Start stretchin' it out baby. 

Cash and Currencies

Cash will only be needed for customs, additional provisions, gratuities and crafts, and US dollars are fine. We generally recommend a gratuity of 8-10% of trip cost (~$220). With customs, provisions and crafts, we suggest a total of $350 - $400USD per person, increasing it if you intend to buy craft from Haiti Design Co. Be sure to hit an ATM before your flight to CAP as ATM's are hard to come by and not all establishments take credit cards. US Dollars are widely accepted.

Food + Beverage

Kin Travel trips have a chef, so you can expect to be provided with all meals, drinks and snacks, prepared almost entirely from local farmers and markets. It is important to notify the Kin Travel team with any dietary restrictions a week prior to the trip per the guest form. If you are particularly hungry or require specific dietary foods / snacks, please plan to pack additional foods to meet your needs. We will stop at a small grocery store in town to give folks a chance to provision snacks and alcohol preferences.