You might remember my post A corner of paradise . If not, I advise you go check it out. This little peace of heaven stayed stuck in my memory. As a beach lover, I spend a lot of time seeking for white sand and clear waters where I can forget about responsibilities and simply float. Maybe I should say that the beach is where I actually fulfill my biggest responsibility “Enjoy this life to the fullest”
So as I am writing this post, sitting on a bench, vibing to the sound of guitars, tambourines and other instruments, listening to the artists preping for the Aquin Music Festival, I can’t stop smiling at the amazing time I just spent at the beach! Yes it was quite a breathe of fresh air. Yesterday, we took the road and headed South. The South of Haïti is known for its beaches, soft sand and amazing sea food. So no need to say that I was super dupper excited when we decided to leave busy Port-au-Prince and head to Aquin for the festival. (We actually slept in Port-Salut but these details will be part of another post).
This morning, after a good breakfast at our hotel, we hopped in the car and drove towards this corner of paradise I am talking about. I didn’t realize where we were going until I started recognizing the road! The thing is, I didn’t ask for the name of the area the last time, so when the driver said we were going to Lozandye , it didn’t ring a bell. It was the bouncy and unfinished road that made me realize that we were on our way to the place that stole my heart a few monthd ago! Now, if you are planning on going on an adventure in Haïti, this one is for you. Don’t expect any luxury, just roadtrips, blue water, and cheap prices! I don’t know about you but cheap adventures get me all the time!
Here we go…
You take the national road #2 leaving Port-au-Prince to Aquin. Before you reach Le vieux bourg d’Aquin, you will see an intersection on your left named Kafou 44. It is right after a National gas station. If you have any difficulty finding it, just ask a local. You can easily reach the destination by car but if you are more adventurous, take a motorcycle and ask the driver to take you to the Lozandye.
At my big surprise, the road was wayyyy better than the last time! They are seriously working on it and now, it is half way done. Pretty cool.
You will feel like you are just driving in the middle of nowhere but don’t worry, it means you are on the right path. Trust that there is something beautiful waiting at the end of the road. From Kafou 44 it will take you about 15 minutes to get there. Watch out for the arrow saying “Asheev beach” and 1 minute later, you will be there. You will know that you have arrived to your destination when you’ll see a little entrance, giving access to a really modest construction with wooden gates almost falling apart.
You will pay HTG 50 to get in, which equals USD 1.10
While inside, you will see many chairs. Just pick a table and put your stuff there. The beach is still an ideal spot to relax even though other people started discovering it which brings a little more crowd than it did a few months ago. You will have a bar at your disposal where you can place your oder (I recommend the lobster) and buy some drinks. If you have your own drinks, put them in a bag, I am not sure if it is allowed or not. Another thing to keep in mind is to bring a plastic bag so you can put your bottles and chips bag at the end of the day. Remember that there is no professional services to clean the beach so your collaboration to keep it as clean as possible will set the example for the others using this place.
After you have everything in place, it’s time to run to the light blue water welcoming you without any hesitation. You will feel like all the stress of the week is disappearing as you swim in the warm water.
If you are a big group (5-10) you can go talk to the fishermen and offer them around HTG 750 to HTG 1000 (around $20) for the group so he can take you on a boat ride. Take your beers and enjoy the ride.
You can spend the day over there and leave around 5 PM if you are staying in Aquin or Port-Salut. There is a possibility of sleeping a Asheev beach but I didn’t check out the rooms so I can’t give you any advice on whether you should spend the night or not. What I know for sure is that the rooms are really cheap and it would be a great way to save money if you are backpacking through the south of Haïti.
You will see locals, foreigners and kids on the beach. You can even bring a soccer ball and play if that’s your thing. Be creative and you will see that you don’t miss a thing over there. Bring a nice book of you’d rather lay on the sand and go through the pages or simply bring your headphones if music is how you relax.
So a little recap:
1- You need USD 1.10 to get in
2- USD 20 in total for a boat ride (so the bigger the group, better the price)
3- Around USD 5 to eat
This pretty much sums it up. If you are planning on going to the south, please don’t forget to check out this little corner of paradise.
A travel lover