The Gulf Coast or the South Coast refers to the coasts of the states of America that lie along the Gulf of Mexico. These states comprise of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. All the states lie in the southern region of the United States of America. The Gulf Coast has a rich economy owing to industries set up in the field of aerospace, fishing, agriculture and tourism. The area has attracted people for years for a variety of reasons such as trade, refuge, leisure and has become one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Each state contributes its unique flavor to the potpourri but is united by geography, climate and history.
An unfortunate incident in the April of 2011, The BP oil spill also known as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill claimed 11 lives. It is considered to be the largest accidental marine oil spill ever. The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig was followed by massive discharge of toxic oil amounting to around 4.9 million barrels. However quick measures were taken by the administration and the flow was contained after sometime. However the well has been sealed since then.
The Gulf Coast bounced back from the accident and has never stopped growing as the centre of economy, trade and culture. Two years after the incident the Gulf Coast is again a hot destination for tourists.Texas benefited greatly from the oil drilling rigs set up in the area. The growth in the state of Florida has been majorly driven by tourism. The Gulf Coast is like a junction of unique natural sights, art, culture and history.
The Gulf Coast supports a tourism industry worth $20 bn. It is mainly famous for the opportunities of water sports, fishing, skiing and to feast your eyes on the flora and fauna of the region. The Gulf Coast also offers the longest man-made beach of length 42 km around the Mississippi coast. The Gulf region offers 600 miles of beautiful coastline marked with seaside towns, spectacular views and marvellous beaches. Miles and miles to stroll along, collect seashells, build sand-castles and sunbathe.
You should visit the Gulf Coast for:
The Padre Island National Seashore is the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island beach in the world. The Gulf Coast has a number of beaches and blue waters mirroring the blue sky provide for one of the most picturesque scenery.
If you are obsessed with birds then you are in for a treat. Thousands of migratory birds from all over the world visit The Gulf Coast and bird lovers keep pouring all over the year. The most popular bird watching spots are Port Aransas, Mustang Island and along the Coastal Birding Trail.
The Gulf Coast is full of landmarks from the proud history of the states of Texas and Louisiana. One should visit the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site where Texas gained its freedom from Mexico and Spindle Top in Beaumont that brought the oil boom to the region. There are a number of art and heritage museums around for you to educate yourself with the history of the area.
If you are looking for adventure and some adrenaline raging activities then the gulf is the place for you. The Gulf coast has a huge number of water parks, amusement parks and even the NASA Space centre. There are a lot of fun activities to do such as surfing, skiing, parasailing, deep sea diving etc. Corpus Christi is a popular sea port and waterfront. Galveston is also a must visit place. South Padre island is a fun getaway throughout the year.
Food, Drinks and Fun
There is no fun without food. The best days in the Gulf will begin and end with you feasting over some of the delicacies that the cuisine of this area has to offer. The Gulf offers you a unique culinary experience. Seafood being the major culinary attraction of the area, you can order up seafood and barbecues at the Houston and shop at outlets such as Galleria. There are a number of shops, boutiques and malls along the coastline where you can discover items to take back home as souvenirs.
Houston’s Art Museums
Houston sparkles with the charisma of creative energy and is the cradle for arts and culture of the Gulf area. The Museum of Fine Arts has a brilliant reputation all over the globe for the diversity and uniqueness offered by its collection. You get to be humbled by the experience of walking along masterful sculptures in an outdoor setting. The Cullen Sculpture Garden is an aesthetic and artistic treat. For the lovers of science The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a must place to visit, it will furnish you with astounding scientific knowledge. Other fun places to visit are the Art Car Museum and Cockrell Butterfly Center.
Some of you might be sceptical that the oil spill that happened in 2011 would have still toxic effects on the water. The authorities have ensured that the affected areas remain cordoned off to the public. The Gulf Coast is a fun place to be and tourists have begun pouring again and there is absolutely no reason for you to miss it.