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Haiti's Sun, Sand Getting More Visitors, Says Haitian Student

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Bobeach, in Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti.

Even before the 2010 earthquake that devastated its capital, Haiti was the scene of political unrest. There were government upheavals in 1991 and 2004. Americans are used to seeing those images on TV newscasts, and in newspapers.

But the country also has seen growth in tourism, says Wilbert Denis. He grew up in Haiti, and has watched as visitors arrived on the island.

Sights To See

Beaches are probably Haiti's biggest draw. Denis says Labadee is his favorite. "It's so vibrant," he said. Also check out St. Marc.

But Port-au-Prince also boasts some sights to see, including the National Museum of Haiti. It traces the island's history, from its indigenous culture, to contact with Columbus's expedition in 1492, to various overthrows of Spanish and French colonizers. And yes, it covers more recent government unrest, such as the coups in 1991 and 2004.

Getting There

Commercial air carriers will get you to the capital city, Port-au-Prince. American, United and Delta all have flights from Seattle. American and United layover in Miami. Delta takes you to its hub in Atlanta before the trip to Port-au-Prince.

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Going Places is KPLU's weekly exploration of travel, from far-flung destinations to nearby escapes. Matthew Brumley co-founded Earthbound Expeditions on Bainbridge Island, which provides small group travel for clients including KPLU. Wilbert Denis is a college student living in the Seattle area, and -- until about a month ago -- a lifelong resident of Haiti. He wants to use his education to bring entreprenuers to the country and develop businesses.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.