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The Gulf of Mexico is the patch of water that borders America’s southern states. The states include Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. As you travel along the coastline, you’ll notice cultural differences between each city and state. So, let’s take a look at the diversity of the Gulf region.

Texas – South Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Galveston

Padre Island is the longest barrier island in the world. It stretches 113 miles from the southern tip of Texas to Corpus Christi. Seventy-five percent of the island is actually a wildlife preserve, but the south end, South Padre Island, is known as a party town. The same can be said for Corpus Christi and Galveston. These three coastal towns are popular places for fishing, beach parties and lots of crazy spring break activities. 

Louisiana – New Orleans

There’s something about the Gulf of Mexico that says “party time.” Perhaps it’s the year-round warm weather, or maybe it’s just New Orleans’ loose alcohol laws. Either way, head to the Big Easy for a good time, day or night. Looking for good, home-cooked Cajun and Creole meals? Check. Want to shovel a stack of oysters into your mouth? Check. Want live music and plenty of parades to enjoy? Check. Want specialty New Orleans cocktails that’ll really get you into party mode? Check.

Mississippi – Gulfport

Gulfport is Mississippi’s second-largest city, offering endless gulf-side fun. There are boat excursions, dolphin-watching tours, casinos, waterparks and all the tanning you can take on the beach. You also won’t want to miss the World’s Largest Fishing Rodeo, a fishing tournament that happens on the 4th of July every year. We know this year was a wash, but plan for 2021!

Alabama – Mobile

Mobile is one of the oldest port cities in the Gulf of Mexico. You can explore everything from colonial buildings to naval battleships to get a taste of Mobile’s rich history. For those looking for activities beyond the beach, there is a historic home and gardens tour that you can take. At night, Mobile offers plenty of nightlife for young people looking to mix and mingle.

Florida – Pensacola, Tampa, Naples

The western coast of Florida is dotted with gulf cities and ports. And the three big are Pensacola, Tampa, and Naples. History buffs will love Pensacola and its Spanish, French, British, and American influences. Tampa is a larger city that young people and urbanites will enjoy. And finally, head to Naples for the perfect, quiet beach town—a favorite of retirees.

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