Haiti offers you gentle seas to swim, astoundingly beautiful beaches for relaxation and plethora of entertainment opportunities like beach games, jogs and picnics. There is almost always something happening in Haiti, regardless of the time of year. Situated within the regions of West Indies in the Caribbean, this island nation rests over the western third of the island of Hispaniola. It includes the adjacent islands of La Gonâve, La Tortue (Tortuga), Les Cayemites and Ile a Vache under its jurisdiction. Spread over an area of 10,714 square miles (27,750 square km), two-third of its terrain is mountainous, with the rest of the country marked by great valleys, extensive plateaus and small plains. However, Haiti is now a victim of rapid rate of deforestation.
After being explored by Columbus on December 6, 1492, Haiti went under Spanish rule and subsequently the native Arawaks were nearly annihilated. By the end of seventeenth century, this Caribbean island became the French colony of Saint-Dominique and a leading sugarcane producer in the world. Fighting the suppression of Napoleon, Haiti became the world's first independent Caribbean republic under the prudent leadership of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.