Haiti: uncrowded surf gem

The third largest Caribbean nation is also known as "the pearl of the Antilles". Haiti has 1771 kilometers (1100 miles) of coastline.

Haiti has a warm and humid tropical climate, with average temperatures ranging between 15-25°C (59-77°F) during winter and between 25-35°C (77-95°F) in summer.

Haitians experience the rainy season brought by NE trade winds, between April and November. The hurricane season hits the Caribbean country between June and October, and floods are more than frequent.

One of the most serious problems is deforestation. In the early years of the 21st century, only 2% of the territory was forested. This means that Haiti may look may look arid and desolate in many regions.

Water temperature is always above 25°C (77°F), so you may well paddle out in a pair of boardshorts. If political instability does not affect your mood, you'll have plenty of waves for yourself.

Haiti is not a popular surfing destination, but that doesn't mean you won't find decent surf breaks, mainly between November and March. The only hazards are urchins, staghorn coral, and shallow waters.

There are two completely different regions for surfing in Haiti - north and south. When the cold fronts and trade winds touch the northern shores, La Pointe is one of the spots that will be pumping great waves. Further west, drive to Le Borgne, Ginsu and Caracol.

In the south coast, near the capital city of Port-au-Prince, Pistons is the surf spot that you should ride, deep in the Bay of Jacmel.