I am so glad I chose Hotel Florita to stay at in Jacmel. I would love to come back with friends and family so they can see it. As a non French or Creole speaker it was excellent having staff who could speak English. I am a young white America traveling alone and I felt extremely safe here. The hotel is as charming as it appears on the website. Being budget conscious I booked the cheapest room, courtyard. I believe it is the lowest as it’s on the ground level and it first I was somewhat warm despite the portable fan but when I slowed down it was perfect. I had the room closest to the street so I hear all the traffic (10 moto bikes throughout the night). It didn’t bother me too much but check about the other room if you are a light sleeper. The room was very clean and touched up every day. In the evenings the temperature is perfect to fall asleep comfortably. The room had plenty of space. The staff in the bar and restaurant are very accommodating. I had a delicious dinner of grilled fish my first night. I even was served an appetizer plate of interesting vegetables.
After spending only an hour in Port-au-Prince it was a relief coming to Jacmel. Although still bustling, the people are incredibly nice. I walked the entire city and a few blocks at night for dinner and never felt uncomfortable. The men will say hello but it never went farther than that and I always felt safe. There are many historic buildings to explore and markets to wander in.
I took advantage of a free afternoon by going to the Bassin-Bleu (water falls). Because it was rainy we had to take a moto bike instead of a 4x4 car. I don’t ride moto’s at home but I loved this! We never went up to any speed that I’d be very of falling off the bike at. It was about a 45 min ride to the falls then you hike for about 15 minutes. Getting to finally jump into the pools felt so go after the ride and hike.
The ride is beautiful. Many photo ops. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet in case you have to cross the river. Wear pants you can roll up or just wear a dress or short.
Wear sturdy shoes for the hike. I was in Sperry boat shoes and felt slippery in them once wet. I’ve recommend tennis shoes or the very sturdy hiking sandals.
Wear clothes (or a swimsuit) that you can get wet. For the last waterfall it is best if you swim over to a close viewpoint.
The hotel can arrange a driver for you who will meet you at the hotel. I paid the driver US$25 and the guide at the falls US$16. If you go with a group you could use one guide and pay him slightly more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The finest house in Jacmel. Built in 1888 in "New Orleans" style. Furnished with antiques--art is everywhere. The best restaurant and bar in town--by far. Jacmel is the safest and most charming town in Haiti--and Haiti has always been the most interesting country in the Caribbean for sophisticated travelers. The Hotel Florita is the only 19th Century house that is as it still in daily use. It is an opportunity to see what life in Jacmel was like for the coffee merchants a hundred years ago. Jacmel was built on coffee--the cash crop of subsistence farmers in the mountains--and still has the best coffee anywhere. We now have a pool and will take you to any local beach--and pick you up as well. We arrange for you to get picked up at the airport--or exactly how to take local transportation to get here. We arrange excursions and do whatever we can to make your visit to Jacmel memorably pleasant. We have a large and comfortable restaurant and bar. Please go to TripAdvisor to see our reviews--and who wrote them! (TripAdvisor rates us as the number one hotel in Haiti.) ... more less
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