St. Martin Parish Tourism
With the distinctive designations of ”Gateway to the Atchafalaya Basin,” “Home of Longfellow’s Evangeline” and “The Crawfish Capital of the World,” St, Martin Parish is a place like none other. See for yourself, and experience the difference!
Over one third of St. Martin Parish's 52,000 inhabitants are Cajun, and the area certainly boasts large African-American, white Creole, and Creole of Color communities.
From the Bayou Teche to the Atchafalaya Basin, St. Martin Parish is a picturesque and bountiful region. Rich in agricultural, visitors are taken through sugar cane fields, low-lying swamp land, and rolling lands of beauty. Majestic live oaks, draped with moss, are scattered along roadways. Bald cypress trees and their unique stumps abound.
Lafayette Coca-Cola Bottling Company
In January 1933, Lafayette Coca-Cola was located on the corner of Johnson and Jefferson Street (formerly known as Oak Street) where Coca-Cola products for the area were warehoused. In 1936, we relocated to the corner of University and Cameron Street until moving to the current facility on Eraste Landry Road in the early 1970s.
Lafayette Coca-Cola and the 200+ employees are proud of our commitment to our consumers and customers and our continued support of many civic and charitable organizations serving our communities.
City of Breaux Bridge Tourism Department
Back in 1771, Acadian pioneer Firmin Breaux began buying the land from which the present day city of Breaux Bridge would evolve.
Breaux Bridge and Crawfish have become symbolic in their relationship. Restaurants of Breaux Bridge were the first to offer crawfish openly on their menus, and it was here that the now world-famous crawfish etouffee was created. Breaux Bridge became so well known for its crawfish farming and cooking that, in honor of its centennial celebration in 1959, the Louisiana legislature officially designated Breaux Bridge as “la capitale Mondiale de l’ecrevisse” or “the crawfish capital of the world”. Since this designation, Breaux Bridge has hosted the annual crawfish festival, recognized as one of the state’s finest festival.
Today Breaux Bridge is a closely-knit community of friendly people with a bustling downtown historic district filled with unique shopping and dining. It also has a thriving business area near Exit 109 on Interstate 10.
St. Martin Economic Development Authority
The St. Martin Economic Development Authority offers resources that stimulate the growth of St. Martin Parish’s economy by creating and maintaining an optimum environment for both new and existing businesses, offering services that facilitate the growth and expansion of those businesses, and generating opportunities to increase the sales tax base of the communities in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.
A nine member Board of Directors representing a vast range of the economy works together with the SMEDA Executive Director, in cooperative efforts with the parish government, to provide answers to problems unique to the parish, and provide information and assistance to businesses.
SMEDA is also a founding member of the Acadiana Economic Development Council (AEDC) which represents the seven parish area known as “Acadiana.”
River Parishes Tourist Commission
New Orleans Plantation Country is a strip of land, about 120-miles long, along the Mississippi River. Known as the River Parishes and located in between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. We are known for our unique history, agriculture, cuisine, and ecosystems. Influences from Germans, Acadians (Cajuns), French, Spanish, Native Americans and enslaved Africans blend together to create a regional culture – unique even to Louisiana.
Out here, you will hear stories of previous generations through tours of plantation estates.
Then you will explore the swamps to learn of their importance and encounter the creatures who live in harmony with the locals. You’ll see why Lac Des Allemands is the “Catfish Capital of the Universe” and known for freshwater crab.
Smoked andouille and Cajun/Creole recipes passed down from generation to generation have been perfected over time and will bring you right to the heart and soul of the River Parishes.
Finally, you’ll discover Perique tobacco, which can only be grown out here.