Pulsating to Creole and Cajun accordion and banjo beats, Lafayette is a festive city in Louisiana. This is the cultural centre of French-speaking Louisiana, with more than 126,000 residents. Locals call it the happiest city in the country, and with diversity and great food to go around, you’d have to agree. Attractions include Acadian Village and Vermilionville Museum.
Cheap flights to Lafayette are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be fascinated by this fun-loving city! Lafayette is home to Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT), located on a convenient 10-minute drive from the city centre. Lafayette Regional Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines. Popular connecting flights depart from both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration is approximately 21 hours and 16 minutes.
Popular flights to Lafayette
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Lafayette
Unique to the state of Louisiana and tons of fun, you’re in the right city to learn a move or two in Lafayette. Ask the locals to point you in the direction of their favoured Cajun dance venues.
The beauty of Lafayette lies in its cultural diversity. Visit the Vermilionville Museum for a deeper understanding of what makes the traditions and cultures of the city so unique, and try some Cajun shrimp after!
Ever wished you could experience a Louisianan swamp, with blue herons and alligators in the distance? Lafayette offers eco tours into the bayou, educating about the area, through the Lake Martin Cypress Island Preserve.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
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Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT)
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Best time to visit Lafayette
Lafayette gets hot and humid in the summer time, so pack in your insect repellent and prepare for a proper south Louisianan experience. To get great weather conditions, the best time to visit would be in spring (March to May) and fall/autumn (late September to November in this city). Follow the news for updates on hurricanes that sometimes hit the area during the August to October period.
For cheap flights to Lafayette, book your trip between December and February.
Weather & Climate in Lafayette
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Named the Happiest City in the country by locals and located in south-western Louisiana, Lafayette is the cultural centre of French-speaking Louisiana. There are always festivals happening in the city, and the reason that everyone is always happy is because they know when to stop working and start partying. Free concerts happen all spring and autumn, so you’re in for a good time no matter when you visit. Don’t be surprised to hear of festivals dedicated to sugar-cane, catfish or shrimp. You name it and it probably has an allocated party date in Lafayette!
The city is the heart of Cajun and Creole country where the good times roll with great eating venues all around and good music coming from every corner. Cajun dancing is said to be lots of fun to learn, so why not learn a move or two while you’re there? To learn more about the history of the city and how it became the culturally diverse space that is today, visit Acadia Village and Vermilionville Museum.
Also, for a fresh Louisianan experience, visit a crawfish farm and learn how to farm and prepare these local delicacies with sweet potatoes and fresh corn on the cob. Mmm…now that sounds good!
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South Africans who wish to visit Lafayette, Louisiana, in the USA will need a visa to do so. The process has been known to take a long time, so it’s best to start as early as possible. You will need to complete your application and submit numerous documents, as well as schedule an appointment with the US Embassy in your city.
For more information, please contact the Embassy of the United States of America, in Pretoria:
Lafayette is much safer than many of the bigger cities found in the USA. The main thing to be concerned about would be the traffic, as it has been known to be chaotic at times. Also, if you are unfamiliar with the neighborhoods, it would be a good idea to stay out of the north of the city.
There are no vaccines required for your trip to the USA, but it is always important to go for your routine check-ups and to speak to your doctor before any international travelling.