Lake Charles, Louisiana, epitomizes the charm of the Deep South. Explore the shores of Lake Charles via the Creole Nature Trail. Lake Charles is the only inland white sand beach in the entire Gulf Coast. The sand is unique because its white color comes from shell fragments that have been ground into fine dust. These beaches are virtually untouched, and crowds are typically minimal. Enjoy the mild weather at one of five public golf courses in Lake Charles with lush landscaping and impeccable service.
The Cottage Shops Cultural District is tucked between Alamo and 12th Streets and littered with locally owned stores. You can find regionally sourced and handmade goods like food, decor, souvenirs and spices. A strong community of local farmers means the farmer's market is practically exploding with produce. There are also vendors with honey, freshly made jams, soap and a wide variety of crafts and wares.
It would be a shame to visit southern Louisiana and not sample some of the finest in authentic Cajun fare. Whether you want to enjoy a true taste of Cajun favorites with boudin and tasso or have a crawfish boil on Lake Charles, you'll find plenty of options. The region boasts mild winters, with temperatures that rarely dip below 45 degrees year-round.