The coast is more of a summertime destination than you’d expect. Swamp dwellers from New Orleans slither on up, and sweat-soaked holiday makers from north of I-10 struggle on down from inland Mississippi just to feel the cool breezes. Things stay busy into hurricane season, unless of course, there’s a hurricane or an oil spill.
Off-Season November - April
How you see winters on the coast depends on your perspective. To northerners, the crisp, sunny days that are common in January and February can be an absolute treat; to southerners, it’s too chilly to come out and play. That’s not to say that they don’t turn out for Carnival each winter—locals love the annual Mardi Gras celebrations, which have been a part of life on the coast for centuries.
Shoulder SeasonSeptember - October
The thick of hurricane season and the beginning of school mean a tapering off of business in the region, but the weather’s still plenty warm. Plenty of second-homers who live within driving distance are lured back for a few more quiet weekends.