A few AFH volunteers and myself got to go and explore the Southern coastal town of Jacmel. It is about a 4/5 hour drive from Port-au-Prince, and a bumpy journey it was as we drove out of the capital. The roads up the mountain were surprisingly smooth and the journey wasn't too bad.
Jacmel, founded in 1698 was formerly called by its Taino name 'Yaquimel' until the French colonialist arrived and renamed it Jacmel. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and has a charm likened to that of New Orleans.
Jacmel was affected by the January 2010 earthquake and unfortunately, this once bustling and beautiful coastal town has been left behind and many of their buildings are sitting empty, dilapitated waiting for someone to help repair them.
The hub of most of the Haitian artisans are congregated in and around Jacmel. In every street corner is a band of artists either designing a mosaic wall along the beach front or selling street paintings and wooden carvings.
The group of young teenagers grouping together to create the beautiful mosaic wall. They are learning the techniques of mosaic art, a creative ambition for them!
This is a popular destination for locals to swim on the beach. Its not the perfect Caribbean beach conditions but it was good to catch some sun and sea.