Cypremort Point State Park
Pack the sunscreen, strap on your jet skis and head down to this watersports mecca.
South Louisiana: wind surfing destination? You may not associate the two, but Cypremort Point State Park is where you can find the best of both. Thanks to its unique geography, located on the Vermilion Bay and less than ten miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Cypremort Point is a popular spot for those looking to picnic, beachcomb and take advantage of some of Louisiana’s best saltwater fishing.
The waterway is synonymous with quality seafood — just look for the Vermilion Bay Sweet brand of shrimp found in grocery stores throughout the state — and every spring, Cypremort Point State Park brings scores of fishermen into Vermilion Bay. Fresh water from the Atchafalaya and Vermilion rivers invites spotted sea trout and red drum close to shore. Redfish and speckled trout also swim the grassy shallows near Cypremort Point, so anglers can set out from the nearby boat launch and overnight fishers have access to the parks' boat docks.
A half-mile-long beach runs the length of the park, offering opportunities for swimming, kitesurfing, windsurfing and just plain ol’ hanging out. The marshes near the beach give hikers a chance to spot some of south Louisiana’s most famous residents — alligators — as well as deer, red foxes and even black bears.
Cypremort Point State Park is especially popular with families and for those wanting to escape the city for a day; Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette are all within two hours’ drive of the park. Overnighters have their pick of six deluxe cabins to choose from, all located on the water.
While you’re in the area, be sure to see some of the nearby sites. Avery Island (where TABASCO brand hot sauce is headquartered) and nature preserve Jungle Gardens are a short ride away, as are the cities of New Iberia and Lafayette, the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site and plantation homes along the Bayou Teche.
Entrance fee: $3 per person; free for seniors age 62 and older, and children age 3 and younger.