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(c) Photos by Jessie and Francois Adrien


CAYES, formerly Aux Cayes (Haitian Creole: Okay), is a town and seaport in southwestern Haiti, with a population of approximately 45,904 people (1995 estimate). Estimates from 2008 place the population at close to 70,000 people. Due to its isolation from the political turmoil of the capital, Port-au-Prince, it is one of Haiti's major ports, with export trade concentrating on mostly coffee and sugarcane and being the world's largest supplier of vetiver at 250 tons annually, a necessary ingredient of perfume and fragrance manufacturing. Minor exports include bananas and timber.

The first European settlement in southwestern Hispaniola was the town of Salvatierra de la Sabana, founded by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar in 1540. This settlement was abandoned in 1540, and the area was uninhabited until the French colonial administration founded the town of Aux Cayes ("On the cayes"), so named due to its proximity to Île à Vache. The town was destroyed twice by hurricane in 1781 and 1788.

On 24 December 1818, Simón Bolívar came to Les Cayes in search of support for his movement against the Spanish colonial government in South America.


PORT-SALUT is a coastal town in the Sud Department of Haiti and the hometown of Haiti's deposed president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide who was born there in 1953. Port-Salut is a popular destination for local Haitians as well as tourists to a certain degree seeking relaxation and tranquility due to the beautiful beaches that the town is surrounded by. The area has yet to be discovered on a mainstream tourist level. With proper management and investment, Port-Salut could become a major tourist destination in Haiti[original research?], a country whose tourism industry, full of potential, has been struggling for decades.

In order to reach Les Cayes, Haiti's third largest city, enjoy the coastal drive down RN2. In Aquin, there are lovely rivers and one can see a tiny island, which has a ruins of an English fort. A good time to visit Les Cayes is in August, during The Fête de Notre Dame. Locals dance, eat and drink till the early morning hours. A daily ferry crosses to Ile-â-Vache, where one can see Indian remains and enjoy good beaches.

From the village of Dubreuil, take the one day excursion and visit Fortresse des Platons, the impressive ruins of the fortress Dessalines had built in 1804. Enjoy the hill resort at Camp Perrin and rent horses to reach Saut Mathurine, Haiti's biggest waterfall. Continuing up the steep climb, one enters Macaya National Park. At 2,347m, it is home to Haiti's last virgin cloud forest, lush flora and endangered fauna. There are basic camping facilities at Plaine Durand. Only the adventurous should attempt to climb Pic Macaya.

A 90min. drive from Les Cayes, a visit to Port Salut is a must. One of the most beautiful wild beaches in Haiti, the white sand juts into the water, creating tiny islands. There is also a little waterfall outside of the city where one can swim.

  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    5 years 1 month ago
    Loved that town,  what a cool vibe going on there!  hope to return.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    5 years 11 months ago
    Great pictures ! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing! Make me proud to be a Cayenne.
  • Eroll Leonard (Private)
    7 years 11 months ago
    Awesome
    Wow what a good idea,sa bon net...
  • Carline (Private)
    8 years ago
    On Highway # 2 traveling towards Les Cayes
    What a spectacular view!
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    8 years ago
    Simply breathtaking
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      8 years ago
      i love this...woy mwen sonje peyim
  • 8 years ago
    Do you  remember le Bazar du Sourire in the 70,s?
    Dans les années 50 et 60, les enfants se rendaient au Bazar du Sourire (Ka Madan Tijo), en allant ou en revenant de l'école pour s'acheter des friandises ; on y trouvait aussi un peu de tout par ailleurs. Je revois, toujours bien en évidence, la devise: « Ici tout sourit au client et l'on sourit à tous ». Merci d’avoir fait revivre ces moments d’autrefois.

    Thésy Labossière Thomas
  • Carl Craig (Private)
    8 years ago
    Super! Nice Portfolio. Congrats!
  • Diegue (Private)
    8 years ago
    Let's keep the town clean
    Love it!!!
  • Reynaldo Rivera (Private)
    8 years ago
    St Louis du sud
    Imagine on this land with a bottle of Barbancourt, a beautiful woman,some lambi boucanen....PARADISE
  • neglakay (Private)
    8 years ago
    On Highway # 2 traveling towards Les Cayes
    mete rout,mete gouvenman..mwrin pou lakay paceke payi blan pa pu mwin.
  • Carline (Private)
    8 years ago
    Our Haitian people are so artistically incline... they are ingeanous, creative. and full of inspiration. we need to promote our culture and the artist behing their beautiful work. "We the people should help them get their feet off the ground"..all they is some expossed.to eveverything out there.. resources...contacts... placing them with other artist who can help make things positive.... Great Idea!!!!!!
  • Carline (Private)
    8 years ago
    Awesome
    "Great Idea" Need more than just one I hope!!!
  • Carline (Private)
    8 years ago
    De generation en generation....
  • Carline (Private)
    8 years ago
    The Cathedrale of Les Cayes.
    I want to say thanks to Francois and Jessie who worked so deligently to bring these wonderful pictures to share...Thanks you guys!!!
  • Carline (Private)
    8 years ago
    The " Marche of Cavaillon
    "mwen ta mange ou bon ti pain rale ak on bon ti beu tou cho" yummmm!!