St. Martin Parish

Where Cajun Began.  Discover St.Martinville – Home of Longfellow’s Evangeline;  Breaux Bridge – the Crawfish Capital of the World;  and Henderson – the Gateway to the Atchafalaya Basin. 

Visit St. Martin Parish and discover a way of life that is spiced with a blend of historical and cultural ingredients.  A recipe for everything that is Cajun.

Experience our culture and live our history.  Take a stroll through our historic downtowns of Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville, where many quaint shops filled with antiques, local crafts, art and specialty items await you.  

Taste authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine in our many family owned restaurants and cafes.  Dance to a lively Zydeco tune or two-step to a Cajun waltz at our dancehalls and festivals.  A variety of festivals are celebrated all year long throughout the parish. 

Get back to nature along one of our vast and mysterious waterways.  Experience our unique Atchafalaya Basin with a swamp tour, take a boat ride in our bayous, or walk along one of our nature trails at Lake Martin.  See alligators and various species of birds.  You might even catch a fish or two! 

If the outdoors and camping are your bag — pack one.  Pitch a tent, set up your travel trailer or RV, rent a cabin or houseboat.  Camping and RV facilities are abundant throughout the parish and offer a unique view into Cajun Country.   

In our communities, you will find “Cajun/Creole” French spoken throughout the parish.  Linger awhile to hear the stories of days gone by and you will discover what is so unique and the number one attraction of our area:  the friendliness, warmth, genuine hospitality of the people who call St. Martin Parish home.

Family unity, along with strong spiritual beliefs, remains central to the culture of St. Martin Parish.  A visit here is a safe, secure and educational experience for the whole family.  We’re a truly unique part of America — unlike any other you have ever visited.

Learn about the history of the Acadians, taste authentic Cajun food, dance to Cajun &

Zydeco music, shop in our historic downtown areas and get back to nature in the Atchafalaya Basin and Lake Martin. Find the perfect accommodations in one of our Hotels, B&B’s, Cabins, Campgrounds or Houseboats. 



Art, Crafts Shopping

Cajun Restaurants

Breaux Bridge

Historic Downtown District w/Antiques & Boutiques

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival 

World Famous Restaurants 

Saturday Morning Zydeco Breakfast

Saturday Cajun Jam 


Atchafalaya Basin 

Swamp tours

Seafood restaurants

Cajun & Zydeco Music and Dancing

Lake Martin  

Bird Rookery

Swamp Tours

St. Martinville

Evangeline Oak

African American Museum 

Acadian Memorial & Museum​

St. Martin de Tours Historic Square

Evangeline Monument 

Longfellow-Evangeline State Commemorative Area