If you’re the type of person who loves to take in nature daily and, in general, enjoys a slow pace of life, you’ll love living on the Gulf Coast.
This expansive stretch of coastline down south includes the shores of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
The region is often called the “third coast” of the country, and is an area of many inlets, bays, and lagoons as well as metropolitan areas, creating a perfect life balance for its inhabitants.
These states have so much to offer residents and visitors alike, whether it’s New Orleans houses for sale you’re looking at or a seaside Condo in Galveston.
Check Out The Job Market
Job opportunities are of a wide variety in the Gulf coast, ranging from agriculture and tourism to aerospace and biomedical research.
Folks looking to break into the import-export business should keep an eye on the Port of Houston and the Port of South Louisiana, two of the top ten busiest ports in the world by cargo volume.
People interested in dealing with ocean life should settle near the Louisiana and Texas marshlands, which are great nurseries for ocean life. These locations also drive the fishing and shrimping industries.
Explore the Beaches
There are miles of beaches in the gulf, from Pensacola Florida to Mustang Island in Texas.
For a place that’s peaceful but takes only a quick trip to experience the bustle of a city, head to Grand Isle, Louisiana, where New Orleans and Baton Rouge aren’t far off.
Sanibel Island in Florida has ample opportunity to be active and go shelling at Bowman’s Beach, or fishing at Lighthouse Beach, which also features a 100-year-old lighthouse.
The turquoise water and white sand of The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area in Alabama are stunning, and you can occupy your time by taking a boat tour to fish or spot dolphins, or get adventurous by paddle boarding or parasailing.
Dive into the History
Like much of the South, the Gulf coast holds a lot of our nation’s history.
Music lovers can bet a better handle on the history of jazz in New Orleans, where the genre originated, or walk the streets in the French Quarter to admire the architecture.
The United States military fort and National Historic Landmark at Fort Barrancas in Pensacola can be toured, or you can dive deep to take in the USS Oriskany, an 888-foot aircraft carrier that is the world’s largest artificial reef.
Experience The Culture
A lot of the nation’s history with space is stationed along the Gulf. Space Center Houston displays 400 space artifacts and hosts STEM programs for all ages. The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi is a blend of space, Earth science, engineering, and technology.
Outside of this you’ll find many museums, galleries, entertainment venues, and cuisines to enjoy with each state line you cross.
Just Get Outside
The climate along the coast is ideal for those who love warmth: subtropical, humid, and hot for most of the year. The three winter months bring with them periods of rain and mild temperatures, and rarely (if ever) snow.