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Tortuga (Haiti)

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Tortuga (Haiti)

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Tortuga (French: Île de la Tortue) is an island just north of Haiti.


The island was named "tortuga" (Spanish for turtle) by Christopher Columbus, who discovered the island in the mid-1400s. It soon after became a haven for pirates. It fell outside the jurisdiction of the Royal Navy, so anarchy and unruliness became the norm. It was featured in the modern-day film, Pirates of the Caribbean.

Unfortunately, the island has not departed from it's old pirate days. It is still known as a hotspot for smuggling to America, and a number of drug lords live in huge mansions overlooking the ocean.

Get in[edit]

There are boats from nearby Port-de-Paix to Basse-Terre, a coastal fishing port on the island. Transport is then possible to the nearby local capital.

Get around[edit]

There's no public transport. You'll have to rely on locals. Some towns along the coast have no road connections, and you will need to travel there by boat.

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The island has pristine beaches, which you will probably have all to yourself. Along with this, there are a few public buildings including churches and a school.

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The tourist industry has not been developed, so there is no accommodation on the island. Instead, seek hotels on the mainland at Port-de-Paix.


There is pretty much no electricity on the island. Don't expect phone reception or internet.

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