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Lafayette epitomises Cajun culture and this is one of the main reasons that it’s such a popular tourist destination. The city also boasts a strong Creole influence. Although this is stronger in New Orleans, you will be able to savour the cuisine and culture of both in Lafayette.
Located along the Vermilion River in the south-western part of Louisiana, Lafayette was founded in 1821 by a French-speaking Acadian by the name of Jean Mouton. Today it’s most famous for its medical profession, not the agriculture that was predominant for most of its existence.

Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details

  • South African passport holders travelling to Lafayette, Louisiana do require a Visa for the United States. Make sure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from your return and that there are at least 2 free pages available for stamps.
  • South African Embassy in Washington DC: 3051 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States. Phone: +1 202-232-4400.

See and do

One of the main reasons to visit Lafayette is to sample traditional Cajun and Creole cuisines. But there are lots of other foods to sample in the city that is famous for its numerous restaurants, including Spanish tapas and French charcuterie. You can find out more about the city’s roots at the Acadian Cultural Centre, or in the heritage and folk life park called Vermilionville. Both are living museums; replicas of traditional 19th Century Bayou villages.
Lafayette is also a university town and you can visit the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus, which boasts an alligator swamp right next to the Student Union. There’s also Hilliard University Art Museum, a modern architectural landmark and the biggest art museum on the Gulf Coast between Houston and New Orleans.

Lafayette Regional Airport – LFT

Located just 4km from the centre of town, Lafayette Airport (code LFT) serves the greater Lafayette area. Although it’s a regional, not an international airport, Lafayette Regional Airport does operate flights to Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston.
Food and beverage: There is a Cajun café and bar in the terminal.
Currency Exchange: There is an ATM on the first floor of the terminal building near the Baggage Claim area.
Lost Luggage: For lost baggage, contact the Lafayette Airport Commission Lost and Found on +337 266 4461, or send an email to
Airport Hotels: None at the airport. Nearby: Clarion Inn Airport, La Quinta Inn and Suites, Staybridge Suites, Studio 6 Extended Stay Hotel Lafayette, Wingate by Wyndham Hotel Lafayette.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National.

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