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CountryFlag of Haiti.svg Haiti
 • MayorGuillet Salvador
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)

Port-de-Paix (Pòdepè or Pòdpè in Kréyòl) is a city and the capital of the département of Nord-Ouest in Haïti on the Atlantic coast. It has a population of 250,000 (2009 census).

Formerly a large exporter of bananas and coffee, Port-de-Paix is now a centre for smuggled goods from Miami, Florida, USA.[1]

The area around the town was given the name "Valparaíso" by Christopher Columbus after landing here on December 6, 1492 and still contains many attractive beaches and locations. A ferry operates between the town and Tortuga Island (La Tortue) situated just across the water.

The town was founded in 1665 by French filibusters, driven from Tortuga Island by the British occupiers. In 1679 the town saw the first black slave revolt. The area saw great success during the 19th century but in 1902 the town was almost entirely destroyed by fire, and never attained its former status.[2]

Port-de-Paix is also the chief town of an arrondissement of the same name. The arrondissement consists of four communes: Port-de-Paix, Bassin Bleu, Chansolme and Tortuga Island.

Airlines and destinations

Has one airport with a short runway, serviced by Sunrise Airways

Airlines Destinations 
Sunrise Airways Cap-Hatien, Port-au-Prince


  • Le Novateur


  • Radio 4VTS FM (RTNO)Radio Télédiffusion du Nord-Ouest
  • Radio Balade FM
  • Radio Cascade FM a Chamsolme
  • Radio Étincelle
  • Radio Melodie FM
  • Radio New Star
  • Radio Planète FM
  • Radio Sonic
  • Radio Tele Universelle Plus

Radio Promotion de l'Evangile a Lapointe

RADIO BALADE FM hits the airwave on June 15, 2000 in Port-de-Paix,Haiti.That opening marks the dream of its owner: "Lou E. ARNE" for several years of efforts in the field in the broadcast industry.This communication tool has been developed in view provide to the northwestians of Haiti and overseas as a lever for economic and social development at large.Today,Radio Balade broadcast its shows from #15,Sténio Vincent Street in Port de Paix,the first Main town of the North West Region of Haiti on 102.3 FM stereo and the first NorthWestian Haitian Radio station broadcasting live over the internet.Under its slogan "The bridge between Northwestians overseas, Haiti and the world," Balade FM aims to show his identity and be at the forefront of innovation in the field of broadcasting in the northwest of Haiti. In effect, broadcasting from the town of Port de Paix on 102.3 FM stereo and on the web at, said this station coverage is almost national.Radio Balade FM undertakes in case of disaster, danger in delay or danger to broadcast to put people at ease. It must promote respect for property, lives and human brotherhood and civil.It has to promote an educational line and socio-cultural itself the task of ensuring the full potential of everything that can make the wellbeing in general.It aims to ensure the promotion of the rural and urban masses by objectivity in the dissemination of information, show and higher education brought by the rationality and objectivity in the intervention


There is an airport, Port-de-Paix Airport.


Coordinates: 19°57′N 72°50′W / 19.950°N 72.833°W / 19.950; -72.833

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