Sunrise Airways To Cap Haitien

Sunrise Airways Airport Counter, oceantrader.coThe Ocean Trader posse used Sunrise Airways to fly to Cap Haitien.  Other than the pilots taking a leisurely lunch (late departure), our ticketing, boarding and flight were all executed well.  Sunrise operates a fleet of older 19 passenger Jetstream 32 EP’s which sport a new multicolored Sunrise Airways livery scheme in graduated orange and white.  These turbo-prop aircraft are comfortable and fast.  If you like airplanes you will like the good looks of these birds.  From what we could tell, our pilots were very much on the ball and gave us a safe ride skirting some fairly impressive dark cloud buildups with their storm scope.  Seen from the air, Haiti delivers endless verdant and mysterious landscapes that rollout below you as your fly to the north coast at cruising altitude.  The flight to Cap Haitien is only 30 minutes. On arrival in Cap Haitien rent a car or negotiate a taxi ride to town.  From town take another taxi or tap-tap over the mountain to Labadee (Labadie) Bay.  A taxi ride from the airport to Labadee will cost you $80 USD (read “rip”).

   

The ride out of Cap Haitien that will deliver you to the Labadee side of the mountain is a slow and scenic route once you vacate the crowded streets along the airport route (not your best introduction to Cap Haitien).  The road wends through many small neighborhoods with narrow roads and pedestrian traffic.  Once you make it to the higher elevations the road takes you through the villages of Vigie, Porrier and Ducroix.  The air is mountain fresh and if you are riding on the back of a tap-tap it will be cool as well.

   
   

You will pass the barb-wired private Royal Caribbean resort playground and cruise ship dock as you approach the water taxi area.  The water taxi area does not have a dock.  It appears to be a tiny strip of beach that was left for the locals after the cruise ship fenced in their compound.  It is here that the villagers operate small covered outboard boats that provide a lifeline to town and elsewhere. A dock for the people that live in the real Labadee would have been a decent gesture on the part of Royal Caribbean.  The obvious absence of a public dock at this location sends an obvious message.  Passengers to Labadee must adroitly jump onto a boarding ladder (in calm weather) or get their feet wet wading up to the boarding ladder of the ferryboats. These local craft are brightly painted and captained by young locals who are most likely fishermen as well.  Their passengers can be deposited at the landing dock at Norm’s Place, or at the many village docks.  Let’s face it.  Getting there should be half the fun! Images © www.oceantrader.co

 

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