Louisiana Coast Blog

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Mardi Gras is one of those holidays that is a bit quirky since it feels like it should be a national holiday to everyone who lives in Louisiana. We Louisianans have to remind ourselves that not everyone chases chickens, dresses up in regalia and glitter or has the world’s longest tailgate party, waiting on parades – or – puts a baby in King Cake! So, what’s Mardi Gras like along Louisiana’s Coast?

Here are some highlights:

We love fishing in the summertime and festivals in the fall and you're not living until you've seen a Cajun Christmas, but Louisiana is the center of the universe this weekend! We're gonna get dressed up right, we're gonna dance and we're gonna parade our crazy right down the middle of the street. Mardi Gras has begun so grab your mask and hop on the float!


If you know a thing or two about Louisiana, you might already be aware that we take our cuisine pretty seriously and, if you ask any self-respecting Louisiana Coast cook what makes their Thanksgiving table uniquely delicious, the first thing they're gong to tell you about is Oyster Dressing. Around these parts, our holiday turkeys are served with a heaping helping of deliciousness by way of what is arguably the most enduring Thanksgiving tradition in a region full of culinary treasures.

When you visit us down along the gorgeous Louisiana Coast, you're going to be busy. When you are busy, you get thirsty. When you get thirsty, you get cranky and when you get cranky, you don't act right. When you don't act right, the Rougarou might just come out of the swamp for you. Don't let the Rougarou get you. Stop thirst in its tracks along the Louisiana Brewery Trail, featuring 11 distinct breweries throughout the state, several of which fall along our scenic and beautiful coastline.

Hooooowwwlll! It might sound like a werewolf to you, but in Cajun country, that howling you hear could just be a Rougarou creeping out of the swamps and coming after you! Part of our rich, Louisiana folklore, the Rougarou, with the body of a human and head of a wolf, is said to dwell in the swamps, striking out under cover of night to feast upon the blood of naughty children, wayward Catholics or just about anybody else whose behavior might leave them, shall we say, vulnerable?

The 2014 Shrimp and Petroleum Festival - one of the most celebrated festivals in the Southern United States - is in full swing right now in Morgan City, with all the pageantry, live music, art, crafts and amazing food that you can fit into one weekend, but if you're missing this year's festivities, don't despair!

Insta-gator Ranch in Covington was just named to Travel + Leisure Magazine's list of the best places in the world to get up-close and personal with baby animals and it's no wonder!

From food to fun to family vacation to fishing, we've been talking a lot about why you should visit Louisiana's gorgeous coastal parishes, but why take our word for it? Alex Palmer, writing for the New York Daily News, travailed his way from New Orleans to Lake Charles and back again for an entire week, savoring the best culinary offerings from throughout the region and taking in the natural beauty of the coastline from Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes, through Vermillion and into Iberia and St.


“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein

School is out, so we'll give you a rest on the math, but some equations are crucial to the success of your vacation. For example, 400 Miles of Coastline x Your Family = One Epic Summer. Louisiana's gorgeous coastline offers 400-miles of family-friendly adventure, fishing, exploration, dining and all-around fun, from Alligators to Zydeco. The 10 Parishes that make up our storied coastline each offer the kind of wild, outdoor experiences you just can't find anyplace else.