CAP HAITIEN WALK
Walk taken: April 24, 1990
Notes finally written, March 2001
March 18, 2001 -- I just found these old hand written notes. This was a
crazy day of wonderful experiences. I had set out from the Roi Christophe
just to take a little walk. I had no water and wasn't prepared to be gone
6-7 hours or more. But, one thing led to another and I was simply
I don't know how much has changed in 11 years, but if any want a
marvelous, magical experience, I recommend this walk. In the very late
afternoon, hot, sweaty, exhausted, sitting on the balcony of the Mount
Joli, drinking at least my 5th or 6th Prestige (the first three only
washed the dust out of my lungs), I made the notes below of where I had
- Go to the water front north of the port.
- Take the water front street to the end (toward the open sea).
- Jog left one block and begin assent on a dirt road.
- In just a few hundred yards it will wind up to the left and you'll see
the remains of a first small fort with short squat cannons.
- Follow this road to the open sea and around to the left. Thus the
sea is north and you're walking west.
- Follow this coast road to a very large fort (I believe this is Fort
Piccolo) which has neat tunnels and lots of cannons.
- Continue on a narrow dirt path past Fort Piccolo at its top.
- After a short while it will turn left (sea is still on your right),
and you seem to be going nowhere.
- Stay with it. (Blessed are they who persevere.) You'll climb into
jungle-like hills, simply fabulous. Just continue to follow the
trail, such as it is.
- Soon you will come to the ruins of a French plantation including a huge
40-50 foot deep well, and a stone arch way entrance.
- Eventually, 1 to 1 1/2 hours later, you'll come down the other side
to the sea again, and on the sea is another remains of old
- Once down at the beach (I climbed back up around some rocks, then
down to the beach), I could see several large buildings up
- Find a path inland (on your left). And I do mean a path. Much of it
was just farm land walking carefully between rows of plants.
- Take this a long way to the main road.
- Turn left at the main road and it will take you back to O Kap.
- Unlike me, bring water, some nuts or other snacks, even a flashlight
I was worried about getting lost and caught out there at dark.
If I were doing it again I'd take toilet tissue as well.
20 Mar 2001
A list member of my e-mail list wrote to add that:
> (and that other fort near Fort Jacques)
I think it's called Fort Alexandre, and I believe that it is - or at least once
was - connected underground to Ft. Jacques.