Bassin Bleu (Jacmel)

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One of the pools of Bassin Bleu, May 2013

Bassin Bleu (Haitian Creole: Basenblé ; Blue Basin) is a natural water site located 12km northwest of the city of Jacmel, in the Sud-Est department of Haiti. It is a series of three pools along the Petite Rivière de Jacmel.[1][2][3]

Access[edit]

To access the site, you need to go in the direction of La Vallée-de-Jacmel, and then Bassin-Bleu. From the village of Bassin-Bleu, the road to the site is up.

Access is not very difficult with a four-wheel drive vehicle. It is a winding road in the mountains allowing access to the site. Getting into the best open part and for diving from several levels requires about a 20 minute hike, then roping down a 12 ft rock face. Locals are often present for guidance and steadying. As of 2018, each visitor pays an admission fee of 100HTG at the tourism office, then one can walk there independently or hire a local guide for a fee (about 100HTG per person). Additionally there is a 100HTG parking fee per car.[4]

Pools[edit]

The site consists of three pools:

  • Bassin Palmiste
  • Bassin Bleu
  • Bassin Clair

The latter is by far the most well-known with a cascade of 10 metres (32.8 ft) falling into a pool of turquoise water. The mineral-rich waters can turn muddy brown after heavy rainfall.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planet, Lonely (2017-06-23). "Bassin Bleu in Jacmel, Haiti". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  2. ^ Clammer, P. (2016). Haiti:. Bradt Travel Guide. Haiti (in French). Bradt Travel Guides. p. 147. ISBN 978-1-84162-923-0. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  3. ^ Staff, Lonely Planet Publications. (2017). Lonely Planet Dominican Republic. Harrell, Ashley., Raub, Kevin. Lonely Planet Publications. ISBN 9781787011885. OCLC 1084426711.
  4. ^ "Jump into the cobalt waters of Bassin Bleu · Visit Haiti". Visit Haiti. 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  5. ^ Staff, Lonely Planet Publications. (2017). Lonely Planet Dominican Republic. Harrell, Ashley., Raub, Kevin. Lonely Planet Publications. ISBN 9781787011885. OCLC 1084426711.

Coordinates: 18°14′03″N 72°35′17″W / 18.2342°N 72.5881°W / 18.2342; -72.5881