Brown pelicans dive into the water, seagulls appear to float on the wind above the shore and crabs scamper out of reach. Grand Isle State Park is a natural haven on a popular barrier island off the coast of Louisiana. A beach ridge created by the action of the waves of the Gulf of Mexico, Grand Isle serves as a breakwater between the Gulf and the network of inland channels that connect to the tributaries of the Mississippi River. It is also the launching point for excellent deep-sea salt-water fishing adventures. Some 280 species of fish are known to make their home in these waters. Canoeing or kayaking in the Gulf waters can be fun as you ride the swells and watch for dolphins. Bring your boat or rent one on the island. You'll find plenty of nearby picnic areas – and some good restaurants – when you're ready to take a break. Grand Isle State Park is on Admiral Craik Drive, Grand Isle. From Lafayette, head east on U.S. 90 to Houma; in Houma, take Highway 24 east to Larose, then Highway 1 south to Grand Isle. From Baton Rouge, head east on I-10 towards New Orleans; at Kenner, take I-310 south to U.S. 90 westbound to Raceland; in Raceland, take Highway 1 south. From New Orleans, head west on I-10 towards Baton Rouge; at Kenner, take I-310 south to U.S. 90 westbound to Raceland; in Raceland, take Highway 1 south. Note: The Highway 1 Bridge at Leesville is a toll facility. All drivers traveling southbound must pre-pay with either a GeauxPass transponder or single-trip GeauxPass. For details, see GeauxPass.com. For more information see http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/igrdisle.aspx or call 985-787-2559 or 888-787-2559.