The Last true treasure island in the Caribbean, Ile-a-Vache

An 8x2 mile island treasure chest, sitting prettily off the south-west peninsula of Haiti, might become an important part of the revitalization of the tourism industry in the country. Île à Vache, home to one of the largest mangrove forests in Haiti as well as anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 locals, is a veritable tourist boon with up to 20 deserted beaches just begging for a catchy slogan.

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Indeed, the rebranding has already begun as the tourism leaders have described it as the 'last true treasure island' of the Caribbean; a truly evocative moniker that harkens back to a swashbuckling past sure to attract many. In its proposal, the Ministry of Tourism hopes to give the island a modernizing make-over that will highlight its natural beauty but also facilitate tourism that is self-sustaining. It includes plans for electric shuttles instead of cars, and a community farm to be run by locals.

The proposal awaits approval, but the Ministry is already in full operation mode, aiming to solicit investors from the Dominican Republic, the wider Caribbean and as far away as China and Qatar. The plan is to revitalize the island to highlight areas of cultural heritage, implement agro-tourism and restore its beaches, all while maintaining it's historical and environmental dignity as it is already a popular tourist site and boasts some of the Caribbean's best scenery.

Formerly known under Spanish rule as Isla Vaca, the island already has two tourist resorts in Port Morgan, named after pirate Henry Morgan who used the island as a base, and Abaka Bay.

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