The mansions of Jacmel, with their cast-iron pillars and balconies, would later influence the homes in much of New Orleans.Today, many of these homes are now artisan shops that sell vibrant handicrafts, papier-mâché masks, and carved-wood animal figures.The town is regarded as one of the safest in the country, and foreign visitors that come to Haiti seeking tranquility often go for Jacmel.Its urbanization has been increasing in large part due to the income generated by tourism.About 70 per cent of the homes were damaged, with most of the heavier damage being in the poorer neighbourhoods.Jacmel has two hospitals, Hôpital Saint-Michel and the "Complexe Médico Chirurgical Rose Marie Paul" recently founded by the philanthropist Dr.
This day is still celebrated as Venezuelan Flag Day.
In addition, the Jacmel Film Festival is held there annually.
On January 11, 2010, Choice Hotels announced they would open a 120-room Comfort Inn in Jacmel, the first chain hotel to be opened there in a decade.
In 1925, Jacmel was dubbed as the "City of Light," becoming the first in the Caribbean to have electricity.
The city has well-preserved historical French colonial architecture that dates back from the early nineteenth century and has little changed.
The general design of the Gran Colombian flag served as the model for the current flags of Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador, which emerged as independent nations at the breakup of Gran Colombia in 1830.