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The Cajun individuals living in Plaquemines Parish are descendants of some of the first settlers from foreign lands to make their way to American soil. These were the French Acadians that settled in an area recognized as New France back in the 1500s. These individuals laid claim to a huge wilderness as far west as the Rocky Mountains, up to the Hudson Bay, and into Florida. It was their unique culture and style of dining that is now referred to as Cajun cuisine.

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When the primary language of 25 percent of the population in the parish is Cajun French, you know you can’t be too far away from good cooking. Vermilion Parish is situated in some of the richest marshlands that overflow from the Gulf of Mexico, making access to abundant fresh seafood only an arm’s length away.

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When it comes to fine dining eating establishments that offer local Cajun and Creole fare, Iberia Parish is hot. With fields that grow hot chilies for Tabasco on Avery Island, the towns of New Iberia, Jefferson Island, Delcambre, Jeanerette and Loreauville call Iberia Parish home.

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If you wanted to visit the southernmost part of Louisiana, Terrebonne Parish is it. As Louisiana’s second-largest parish, it was first established by early French settlers that gave the parish its name of Terrebonne (Good Earth) nearly 200 years ago.

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There are many fine eating establishments just to the east of the New Orleans area in St. Bernard Parish. Many people that live or visit Louisiana understand that there is something quite unique about the delectable native cuisine offered throughout our southern coastline.

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From Slidell to Covington, and all across St. Tammany Parish, there are many fine eating establishments enjoyed by the local residents and out-of-town guests.

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Louisiana offers heart pounding, hard fighting tuna fishing action year-round. As one of the greatest fisheries in the entire world, the blue water south of Louisiana contains an enormous variety of fish species such as yellowfin, blackfin and bluefin tuna. From New Orleans, to Grand Isle, Lake Fourchon and Venice Louisiana, there are hundreds of available charting boats with experienced captains and crews that have spent a lifetime fishing the Gulf of Mexico, in the deep waters, and around the many oil platforms.

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While some individuals believe that working out at a gym or using the skills of a personal trainer can achieve the best physical fitness, others believe that hiking is a better experience. Hiking through some of the back trails and state parks in Louisiana can help develop optimal health and provide an uplifting of an individual’s well-being. Additionally, hiking through the back trails of Louisiana is extremely enjoyable.

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As professional bass anglers will attest, the bass fishing in southern Louisiana is truly world class. Sometimes weighing in at 20 pounds or more, impressive numbers largemouth bass can be found in numerous southern Louisiana, especially in and around the Venice area located in Plaquemine’s Parish. Its smaller cousin, the smallmouth bass, can weigh about 10 pounds or slightly more. It is known for its impressive jumps and darting runs when landed on the end of a fishing line.

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Every Louisiana local and most out-of-town visitors enjoy a good festival, party or event held anywhere in the state. Recognized as the festive capital of the entire world, Louisiana celebrates everything from its local cuisines to its unique jazz. Throughout the year, festivals offer Cajun and Creole specialties along with exquisite French delicacies.

Here is a sampling of a few of our favorite festivals held along Louisiana’s coat:

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