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June 2013

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.

Great Restaurants in Vermilion Parish Louisiana

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Louisiana provides some of the widest array of road cycling challenges for the avid cyclist. From breathtaking spectacular views, or the quiet country roads in rural communities, there are numerous cycling routes filled with some of the most enjoyable rides found anywhere in America.


Building Cycling Power

One of the key indicators of being prepared for optimal cycling is the amount of power output, produced by the cyclist. With the ability to generate far more power than normal, any cyclist can dramatically increase their speed and improve their performance on the bike. Depending on the type of Louisiana bicycling event, the cyclist can enhance their sprint performance by knocking off a precious few seconds at the end of a triathlon biking event. Additionally, enhancing cycling power output can always provide the opportunity to keep up with others cycling or competing together.

Southern Louisiana offers some of the most unique outdoor experiences for tent campers and RV adventurers, eager to explore the state parks or coastlines. For the primitive camper, pitching a tent and cooking out on an open fire offers a unique experience for every member of the family. Many of Louisiana’s state facilities offer a variety of amenities to help the camper fully enjoy their outdoor experience.

While many tourists make their way to Louisiana to enjoy the special sort of wildlife only found on Bourbon Street, the coastal areas of Louisiana offer a completely different type of wildlife enjoyed by many visitors to our great state!

Each year, Louisiana is the host of biker events all over the state. From the Uglyfest and Run with the Nuns biker events in September and October in Shreveport, down to the Son of the Beach Motorcycle Rally in August, in Eunice, Louisiana, the state is rich with motorcycle-oriented entertainment.

The untouched natural environment of southern Louisiana offers some of the best opportunities for enjoying the eco-tourism experience. The rich land along the Delta is home to some of North America’s most phenomenal wildlife and vegetative plant life. Vacationers from all over the world visit this amazing area to enjoy a unique experience. From Cajun country, to the beautiful coastline, there are exciting eco-tourism opportunities along southern Louisiana.

Recognized as an amazing paradise for sportsmen, the Louisiana coastline is known to have the best offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Numerous saltwater species are available year-round, drawing anglers to the cobalt blue seawater just south of Louisiana.

Chartering a Boat

While fishing is often a “do it yourself” sport, the best way to ensure a great day on the water is to hire one of Louisiana’s many charter captains  to take you to where the fish are.  There are a large variety of charter boat fishing services available from the East, Central and West coastlines of Louisiana. These include Venice, Port Fourchon, and Grand Isle. Booking a charter service to catch a large number of fish species is simple. Many of these fishing trips can be chartered for eight, 12 or 14 hours. Some companies even offer overnight or multi-day fishing trips to deep water locations.

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