Louisiana Coast Blog

Located near the center of the Louisiana coastline, the City of Abbeville is just over 200 miles from Houston, Texas and about the same distance from Jackson, Mississippi, but visitors tell us that it doesn’t feel like anywhere else in the world! If you are looking for a welcoming city with tons to fun stuff to do, swing by Abbeville for your next vacation.

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I’ll admit I am biased about my Louisiana fishing! I have lived most of my life in southern Louisiana and do so, in large part, for 2 main reasons. The first is my family. My entire family lives here and it seems no one ever leaves. But the 2nd big reason is access to the outdoors – namely the water (since I’m not a hunter). Last year, I was among the many locals who gave up on our prospects of enjoying the fishing we’ve come to love after watching the oil spill unfold on TV.

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For nature lovers, the coastal region of Louisiana has a great deal to offer. One of the most popular trails for those who want to experience the unique ecosystems and creatures of this part of the world is the Creole Nature Trail located between Lake Charles and Sulfur. The trail is over 180 miles long and goes through thousands of acres of pristine wetlands near the Gulf of Mexico.

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You can’t find anywhere in the country that is as good a place for bird watching as the Louisiana coast. Birding trails in our beautiful state are home to, or at least a destination along the migration path, for more than 400 different species of birds each and every year! With that fact in mind, we are bringing our focus to one bird each week to learn a little more about these feathered friends. This week, we examine the Blue-winged teal.

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When you walk the birding trails throughout the coastal region of Louisiana, you may be surprised to know that you have the opportunity to see almost half of the species of birds that can be found in all of the United States. However, as many of these birds go unappreciated, we would like to focus on learning about one species each week. This week’s feathered friend will be the American White Pelican, one of the many birds you might see in Louisiana.

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Due to the unique location and geography of Louisiana’s southernmost parts, the Louisiana coastline is the perfect place to bird watch. In fact, more than 400 species visit our state each year, and by some estimates, this is over half of the species that can be found in the entirety of the United States! So this week, we will focus on one of these many types of birds to learn more about our feathered friends: The common loon.

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For a town with “New” in its name, New Iberia is very dedicated to maintaining its past. This is a town with strong ties to its history as illustrated in a beautifully restored main street and downtown area.

Enjoy the country style cooking and ambiance of Cajun cafes.

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Looking for something inexpensive and fun for the whole family this weekend? Check out the Eagle Expo to learn more about this beautiful bird and even get a chance to trips to bald eagle habitats in western Terrebonne and eastern St. Mary parishes.

Photo originally appears on CajunCoast.com

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Would you like to watch monster fishing coming over the side of the boat fishing greats Hank Parker, Chris Fischer, Jimmy Houston, and Kevin Vandam?  Then mark your calendars for April 2011 as Louisiana Sportsman TV will debut on The Sportsman Channel!

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Most of the time, lists of “Top 10 Beaches” are usually full of places you would expect where white sand and palm trees are the rule. But not always! In fact Yahoo Travel has included Grand Isle, Louisiana as one of its Top 10 Winter Beach Retreats for 2011!

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