Ten parishes in the state of Louisiana are included in the coastal corridor of Louisiana, that is now known as the Louisiana Coast, which include Vermilion, Calcasieu/ Cameron, Terrebonne, Iberia, St. Tammany, Jefferson, St. Mary/Cajun Coast, Lafourche, St. Bernard and Plaquemines. These Louisiana parishes offer abundant outdoor recreational activities and endless fishing opportunities. Add to that is the diversity of history, culture and landscape that each individual parish has to offer. These parishes provide a perfect habitat for the widest variety of wildlife. Their immense marshlands and numerous lakes offer the best place to find the exotic and sometimes rare fauna and flora, thus making the Louisiana Coast as favorite tourist destination in the country. The same places also offer the best venues for some of the recreational activities such as bird hunting, biking, hiking, boating, swamp tours, fishing, among others.
Fishing is the most important outdoor activity in the Louisiana Coast. Its long coastline provides a rich fishing ground for fishing aficionados. Offshore and inshore waters are teeming with an incredible array of fish species that are not available in other fishing destinations. Louisiana offers all year round fishing opportunities. The nutrient-rich waters of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico have distributed its rich marine life throughout the parishes of the Louisiana Coast.
The Louisiana Coast has over 400 different species of exotic birds that come to its marsh and lakes every year. This makes for an exciting bird watching activity. Lovers of wildlife will enjoy the bird trails where they can have the best view of the innumerable species of migratory and local birds that roam around the swamps and the marshes. In addition, there are thirteen biking and hiking trails in Louisiana Coast which allow tourists to encounter nature up close. The mild weather of the coast allows bikers the opportunity to explore the numerous trails specially created for nature lovers. The swamps and the vast waterways also offer tourists a unique boating experience – from canoeing to sailing, to speed boating. Another exciting way to explore the wilderness of the Louisiana Coast is by riding an airboat at high speed through the rivers, lakes, bayous marshes and other body of water.
These are only some of the more popular Louisiana tourist attractions one can have when visiting the Louisiana Coast. Other attractions include the parks and trails. Tourists can explore the natural beauty of the different state parks, historic sites and the preservation areas of the Coast. Guests are given the opportunity to relive historical scenes and appreciate nature by hiking through the twenty National Wildlife Refuges and State Parks which the Coast prides itself to have.
Alligators seem to be a popular resident of the swamplands in the Louisiana Coast that alligator sighting is made part of the highlights in swamp tours. The swamp boat will pass through numerous alligators so close to the boat that they can almost touch them. Louisiana Coast has an incredible natural beauty that is uniquely its own. Blessed with well-preserved and maintained natural refuge and preservation areas, state parks, quite bayous and lakes, and the fantastic coastline, Louisiana Coast is one place tourists cannot say no to.