Jefferson Parish, La. – Jefferson Parish offers a variety of attractions, activities, cuisine and experiences. As the state’s largest parish, sprawling over sixty miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of beautiful Lake Pontchartrain, we are also the most diverse.
Jean Lafitte, named for the legendary pirate who made his hideaway here, is a waterway refuge rich in Louisiana culture. You can explore the bayou country, dance to Cajun music or stay overnight at one of the inns that overlook the marshes of the breathtaking Bayou Barataria Basin. A thriving fishing village since the 1700’s the Barataria region is still the point of departure for fishermen. You, too, can experience some of the best fishing in Louisiana, whether by boat, private charter or atop Lafitte’s public fishing pier.
Grand Isle is the Southern end of Highway 1, and its seven magical miles hold all the wonders that Louisiana nature can offer. Oleander and crepe myrtle, palms, ferns, and windblown oak trees on Cheniere ridges welcome migrating birds in season. The marshes are filled with aquatic life and water birds. On Grand Isle, time slows and the visitor can savor a unique Louisiana experience. Europeans came to Grand Isle in the early 1800’s and created active sugar and cotton plantations. Grand Isle gained fame as a recreation spot for visitors from nearby New Orleans to enjoy breezes, seawater and early hotels. Today’s visitors find a thriving seaside community with petroleum and seafood industries as well as everything the visiting sportsman, tourist or camper could want.
We invite you to enjoy all we have to offer. Whether you’re planning a family vacation, adventurous get-away, or a business trip, Jefferson Parish offers you all the comforts, entertainment and amenities to make your stay memorable.