Iberia Parish is located in the middle of a unique cultural region known as Acadiana, a name derived from French-Canadian “Acadians,” who were exiled from their homeland of Nova Scotia in the late 1700s. In 1779, a group of about 500 Spanish settlers moved from Spain to Louisiana, and founded the city of “New Iberia,” named after their Iberian Peninsula.
Today, Iberia Parish is made up of 1,031 square miles: 575 square miles of land, and 456 square miles of water! The 2000 census indicated that about 73,000 residents called Iberia Parish home.
A wide variety of national and international companies are headquartered in Iberia Parish, which is strategically located on Louisiana’s coast between New Orleans and Houston. And with the combination of the Port of Iberia’s access to the Gulf of Mexico, an 8,000 foot runway at the Acadiana Regional Airport and its location on the future corridor of Federal Interstate 49, intermodal transportation into and out of Iberia Parish is easy.
In addition to New Iberia, five separate communities are all located within Iberia Parish: Jeanerette, Delcambre, Loreauville, Lydia and Coteau.
Weather-wise, Iberia Parish enjoys a subtropical climate, with 214 days of sunshine per year, and an average yearly rainfall total of 60 inches. Average daily temperatures are 53 degrees in January and 81 degrees in July.
Iberia Parish is home to numerous fairs and festivals throughout the year, including Mardi Gras parades, the Sugar Cane Festival, the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff, the Bunk Johnson Festival, the Delcambre Shrimp Festival, the Lydia Cajun Food Festival and the Cajun Hot Sauce Festival. In addition, downtown New Iberia hosts several Art Walks, a Farmer’s Market and numerous other parades and commemorative services.
There are also saltwater fishing rodeos, freshwater fishing tournaments, motorcycle rallies, Civil War Encampments and locally-produced musical and theatrical productions.
Area attractions include Avery Island, home of world-famous TABASCO brand pepper sauce, Rip Van Winkle Gardens, the oldest operating rice mill in the U.S. at the Konriko Company Store/Conrad Rice Mill and Shadows-on-the-Teche, the only National Trust historic home and gardens in Louisiana.
Of course, there’s a lot to do outdoors: prime fresh and saltwater fishing, duck hunting, deer hunting, camping, water skiing, golfing and more.
So Iberia Parish is a mix of old and new, Southern fun and hospitality, progressive industrial development, the greatest food you’ll find anywhere and opportunities for both families and businesses to locate here and experience Cajun Country.
See why we’re too hot to pass up:
click here to visit the official website of the Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau. While you’re there, you can also order your HOTpak Getaway Guide or professional planner.