What’s It Like Living Near the Gulf of Mexico?

Posted November 6, 2021 by in Lifestyle

Imagine waking up in the morning to a beautiful sunset over the water, and being privy to the beauty of the shoreline throughout your day. You’d live in an area with great economic opportunity, a good cost of living, and many activities to do from hiking to fishing, seeing live bands to visiting historic sites.

This is what living along the southern United States in the area known as the Gulf Coast is like. The expansive stretch of coastline here meets the Gulf of Mexico and includes the shores of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

This region is often called the “Third Coast” of the country, and is an area of many inlets, bays, and lagoons as well as metropolitan areas, creating a perfect life balance for its inhabitants:

Job Opportunities are Abundant

The economic realms that the Gulf coast covers range from aerospace and biomedical research to agriculture and tourism.

Louisiana and Texas marshlands are great nurseries for ocean life, which drives the fishing and shrimping industries. Those in the import-export business may want to look into houses for rent in Houston, TX, as the Port of Houston and the Port of South Louisiana are two of the top ten busiest ports in the world by cargo volume.  

The main metropolitan areas include Houston, Tampa, New Orleans, Corpus Christi, Pensacola, Biloxi, and Mobile, which all have specific industries of interest for job opportunities.

Predominant Warmth

Those with an aversion to snow will love living near the Gulf. The climate along the coast is subtropical, humid, and hot for most of the year. The three winter months bring with them periods of rain and mild temperatures.

Summers shower residents with frequent thunderstorms as well as tropical weather systems like depressions and hurricanes.

Entertainment by Land or Sea

Weather (as well as geographic location) such as the Gulf Coast’s lends itself to a haven of things to do for outdoor enthusiasts, whether you’re a fan of the water or like to stay firmly onshore.

There are endless miles of beaches, such as Mustang Island in Texas, Orange Beach in Alabama, Pensacola Beach in Florida, and Ocean Springs in Mississippi.

The Gulf Shores of Alabama provide much in-land activity like hiking and biking, and places like Grande Isle State Park in Louisiana and Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi are places to set up camp for a relaxing weekend, among the greenery while being steps from the ocean.

Rich History

Did you know Pensacola is nearly 500 years old? Or that Mobile Bay in Alabama is laden with shipwrecks from colonial times?

The five states along the coast have much history, from maritime to Native American. You can visit the USS Alabama in Mobile; Maritime And Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi; and Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum in Alabama.

Two major events in early American history also happened in the region: the Civil War and the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, which destroyed the city and set the region back in the way of development.

Have you ever been to a city that’s a part of The Gulf of Mexico? Let us know in the comments below!