La Gonâve is an Arrondissement in the Ouest Department of Haiti. Located in the Gulf of Gonâve, the borough is coextensive with La Gonâve Island.


Location in Haiti

Neighboring Arrondissements

〰️North〰️⬆️ Saint Mark's Canal
Northeast↗️ Saint-Marc Arrondissement
Upper East➡️↗️ L'Arcahaie Arrondissement
〰️East〰️➡️ Port-au-Prince Bay
Southeast↘️ Port-au-Prince Arrondissement
Capital region
South⬇️ Léogâne Arrondissement
↙️Southwest Miragoâne Arrondissement
↙️⬇️S.Southwest Anse-à-Veau Arrondissement



Location in Haiti

La Gonâve is often described as "Haiti's forgotten island". Anchored by the Caribbean Sea, La Gonâve has been called both the most potentially economically powerful region and a leading tourism center of Haiti, and the island is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization: the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. La Gonâve, with its geo-economic-touristic configuration, insularity, hospitable people, healthy climate, beautiful sea, appetizing seafood, delicious coconuts, beautiful sands and attractive shores, offers enormous endogenous potential for its development and that of Haiti. One has only to add the necessary infrastructure that it lacks for it to become the jewel of Haiti and the eco-touristic center of the world.

La Gonave is an island that has remained undeveloped for many years. This offers the opportunity to develop La Gonave as the number one place in the world to do business. This number one ranking will attract developers to the island. La Gonâve real estate faces a potentially experiencing boost in the region, as it is situated on the Windward Passage which is one of the world's most highly trafficked energy sea lanes. It's position in the center of the Caribbean makes it an ideal location to locate a cruise ship homeport to service the entire Caribbean from a single port.

It is a sheltered in the Gulf of Gonâve and protected by the high mountain ranges of the main island of Haiti. It is undeveloped, it offers the opportunity to create the number one place in the world to do business and thus attract international development and create jobs. It has a natural deep seaport on its most western tip that makes it ideal for the development of an industrial city focused on energy projects. It is situated such that the Trade Winds blow across the narrowest portion of the island.... Ideal for wind farm development. The savannah (least desirable land) of La Gonave is ideal for Jatropha farm development due to altitude and rainfall.

Many villages in La Gonave make up the two communes, the communes of Anse-à-Galets and Pointe-à-Raquette: These two communes are brought together by the La Gonâve Arrondissement.




Tap-tap; La Gonâve

The arrondissement has two communes:

1. Anse-à-Galets

2. Pointe-à-Raquette


The Island of Gonâve was the last refuge of the Amerindian Taínos in Haiti. So it is as a result of the massacre of the Queen Anacaona by the conquistadors, the survivors of the Queen's Court came to take refuge on the island and called it Gonavo. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the island began to attract fishermen, then shortly after, agriculture began to appear.

In 2004, the Gonaviens took to the streets to ask their secession of the Republic of Haiti. The movement was nipped in the bud by the members of the Government of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.


Football Roulado of Gonave was considered the pride of the gonaviens in the early 2000s. He won the national championship of the 1st division on 2 occasions: at the opening of the 2002 and 2003 closing. The players having played at the club include James Marcelin, Jean Rebert Menelas and Johnny Descollines.


History of La Gonave[]

Haiti to sell offshore island La Gonave to foreign capital transformed into a tax haven[1]

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