also known as Kòtfè in Kreyol, is a vibrant and picturesque town nestled in the Bainet region of Haiti. This coastal gem is located on the southeastern shores of Haiti, offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. As of the 2023 census, Côtes-de-Fer and its surrounding villages are home to over 52,000 residents.
A Coastal Haven
Côtes-de-Fer is situated on a section of the Tiburon Peninsula, a region known for its breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. The town enjoys the blessings of its coastal location, where the gentle waves of the Caribbean Sea meet the sandy shores, creating a tranquil and idyllic setting.
The Tiburon Peninsula is a treasure trove of natural wonders, with lush landscapes, palm-fringed beaches, and a warm, tropical climate. Visitors and residents alike are treated to the stunning beauty of the sea, making Côtes-de-Fer a place of relaxation, inspiration, and connection with nature.
Community and Culture
Beyond its natural charm, Côtes-de-Fer is a community with a rich cultural heritage and a close-knit spirit. Its residents are known for their warm hospitality and vibrant traditions, which reflect the heart and soul of this beautiful town.
The town's history is deeply intertwined with the sea, and fishing plays a significant role in the local economy and culture. The colorful fishing boats dotting the coastline are a testament to the livelihoods and traditions of the people of Côtes-de-Fer.
Join Us in Making a Difference
Hope for a Village is proud to call Côtes-de-Fer home. We are committed to improving the lives of the residents of this community by addressing immediate needs and working towards long-term sustainable development. Our mission is to create a brighter future for the people of Côtes-de-Fer, one where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and prosper.
Thank you for visiting our website and taking the time to learn more about Côtes-de-Fer. We invite you to join us in our mission to make a positive impact in this beautiful coastal town. Together, we can create a better future for the residents of Côtes-de-Fer and celebrate the rich culture and natural beauty of this extraordinary place.
A Vibrant Life in Côtes-de-Fer
In Côtes-de-Fer, life is deeply intertwined with the land and sea. The villagers have cultivated a way of life that centers around fishing, agriculture, and the creation of beautiful crafts. This unique blend of livelihoods defines the heart and soul of this coastal town.
Fishing: A Way of Life
Côtes-de-Fer is renowned for its fishing heritage. Depending on the season, the bountiful Caribbean Sea offers a variety of treasures, including fish, conch, and lobsters. These marine delicacies not only sustain the local population but are also shared with neighboring towns. Fishing is not just an occupation; it's a tradition that has been passed down through generations, shaping the identity of the community.
Agriculture: The Potential for Abundance
The fertile lands surrounding Côtes-de-Fer hold the potential for abundant fruit and vegetable cultivation. However, the lack of irrigation infrastructure has limited production. Despite these challenges, the region boasts an array of crops, including corn, petit mille, potatoes, bananas, peas, cassava, yams, and more. The lush, tropical climate allows for the cultivation of exotic fruits like sweet corossole (Soursop), cachiment (Guanabana), papaya, mango, sapodilla, and grenadine.
Pitre (Sisal): A Valued Export
Among the region's resources, Pitre, also known as Sisal, stands out. This robust fiber is extracted from the agave plant and is a valuable export from Côtes-de-Fer to foreign countries. The abundance of Pitre is not only a testament to the region's agricultural potential but also a source of economic sustenance for its residents.
A Tapestry of Culture and Tradition
The rich tapestry of life in Côtes-de-Fer is woven from these interconnected livelihoods. It's a place where the rhythm of the sea, the bounty of the land, and the creativity of its people come together to create a vibrant and resilient community.
As Hope for a Village, we are dedicated to supporting and enhancing the lives of the villagers in Côtes-de-Fer. Our mission is to uplift this community, addressing challenges and working toward sustainable development so that the potential of this coastal gem can be fully realized. Thank you for being a part of our journey and for your support in making a positive impact in Côtes-de-Fer.
CDF se bel vag lanme ble Lanme dezanti kap karese
Epi mouye bel resif chale soley la limen sou lev nou.
CDF se tet mon jaden kafe, pitimi ak pwa kongo
kap boujonnen lespwa
Chase lanmize pou peyizan desann nan bouk al layite danre nan mache.
CDF se wout Kalfou 44 ak lavale jakmel Ki mache kontre. Se sous ak larive yo ki desann al jeté nan lanme.
DCF se bonjou konpe makome, Kouzen Kouzin, zanmitay ak kokoday tradisyon ki mare zantray nou ak ospitalite n
Pou le yo di lone nou reponn ak respe…
Se sos pwason ak bannann bouyi, Pitimi pile sos pwa kongo
mayi moulen sos pwa nwa kabrit boukanenn,
Tas kafe ak pen le maten le nou sot bat seren nan jaden Cotes-de-fer le lanmou
Ki makonnen kod lonbrik nou ki kite gou l sou bouch rev nou
CDF se Haiti kote gason ak fanm vanyan fe lanmou souri pou makiye soufrans.
Peyi kote gason file fanm pase zegwi
Se peyi fanm kote fanm ak lalin se marasa
CDF se peyi m, se lakay mwen.
Cotes-de-fer se mwen menm ave w…
Mwen ave w Ki tonbe damou
Soccer, the national sport, is practiced throughout the town by the youths. Should you happen to go to Côtes-de-Fer at the time of the championships, you see how vibrant this city is.
The Haitian women soccer team made history this year in 2023. They qualified and played in the World Cup for the very first time. We are proud of them.
Other means of entertainment include the gaguères, cinemas , resorts, local festivals, beautiful beaches, fishing, hiking and much moore.
Beautiful sandy beaches and scenery
People also love the feast of their patron saint, St-Joseph, celebrated on March 19th; it is an opportunity for them to meet with friends and attend all kinds of cultural, artistic and sports activities. Most of Cotes-de-Fer natives living abroad usually come home back home for this festivity. Although it is a festivity in celebration of a Patron Saint, it is more of a local tradition that goes back for hundreds of years. The Cotes-de-Fer have a real attachment to their region.
March 20,2023 commemorated the 6th Anniversary of local rural hospital.
The Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health is the only hospital in this remote community of Côtes-de-Fer and serves a population that previously had to travel for hours over rough terrain to reach the closest health center. The Cotes-de-Fer community is very thankful for this health center, the staff and all who have pulled together to make this long-awaited dream a reality.
In the northern part of Haiti, the National History Park – Citadel, Sans-Souci, Ramiers (NHP-CSSR) is located in the central zone of the northern massif that extends to the Dominican Republic. The NHP-CSSR is located between the coastal plains and the mountainous interior of the region. The choice to build the Citadel on the summits responded to a strategy for interior protection, differing from the coastal defence strategy inherited from French colonization.
Created by presidential decree in 1978, to preserve the splendid natural scenery of the mountainous peaks covered with luxuriant vegetation, the NHP-CSSR covers an area of 25 km2. It includes the monumental ensemble of the Palace of Sans-Souci and its annex buildings, the Citadelle Henry and the Ramiers site, universal symbols of liberty, being the first monuments to be constructed by black slaves who had gained their freedom. For Haitians, they represent the first monuments of their independence.
On 1 January 1804, after fourteen years of struggle by the island’s black slaves against the colonists, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the principal leader of the revolution, proclaimed the independent Republic of Haiti. The “Emperor” Dessalines immediately entrusted to one of his generals, Henri Christophe, the task of constructing an immense fortress on the Pic Laferrière, to protect the young republic.
Both military installation and political manifesto, the Citadelle Henry, constructed to a height of 970 m, is one of the best examples of the art of military engineering of the early 19th century. The plans are the work of the Haitian Henry Barré, but it is probable that General Christophe played the preponderant role in their formulation. The Citadelle Henry, covering an area of about one hectare, is a vast quadrilateral comprising four buildings protected by four flanking towers built around a central courtyard, and forming on several levels a bastioned front of batteries and barracks. The projecting masses, remarkably articulated to allow an integrated use of artillery capabilities, an elaborate system of water supply and cisterns, and colossal defensive walls render the citadel impregnable. It can shelter a garrison of 2000 men, or 5000 if necessary.
Cotes-de-Fer has many lodging options available from the center of the main village to the upper parts of the mountains.
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