This is Acadiana, also known as Cajun Country. As the friendly folks here say, “Laissez les bon temps rouler”~“Let the good times roll!”
This was our second visit to Breaux Bridge, a small town in the heart of Cajun Country. We knew we liked the area when we first visited several years ago. This time, as we explored further, we realized that we need far more than a couple of days here. Acadiana has a unique culture, cuisine, history, music, and natural landscape—next time, we’ll plan on at least a week.
Birding & Kayaking At Lake Martin
Despite our brief stay, we had a fabulous time. One entire day, we explored nearby Lake Martin and Cypress Island Preserve. We were thrilled to find hundreds of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, and Roseate Spoonbills nesting in the trees. In the morning, we walked the trails, and in the afternoon launched our kayak for a leisurely paddle through the beautiful and mysterious swamp.
Cajun Music & Community
Music is central to the Acadian way of life, and dance halls, cafes, restaurants, and bars are filled with the lively sounds of Cajun music. Saturday mornings are traditional times for music jams, and we discovered a charming coffee shop in downtown Breaux Bridge (aptly named “Joie de Vivre“) where we enjoyed a couple of hours of spirited music, song, and dance. We had a blast watching people of all ages enjoying the music and the community. Here’s a snippet of fun, Cajun-style:
Saturday morning Cajun jam at Joie de Vivre, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
About the RV Park
Both times we’ve visited Breaux Bridge we’ve stayed at Poche’s Fish-N-Camp. It’s a delightful campground with fairly spacious sites situated around fishing ponds. We happened to be there on Easter weekend, and the campground was filled to bursting with families and little kids running around with Easter baskets. Nonetheless, it was a relatively peaceful stay—we got into the groove of the zydeco/Cajun/country music of our neighbors, and just let the good times roll.