US Gulf Coast Travel

Our US Gulf Coast covers destinations along the Gulf of Mexico—from Key West, Florida to South Padre Island, Texas.

Please note that many US Gulf Coast destinations may experience limited services. For official information on what is open and closed, visit our guide to useful US Gulf Coast resources.

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What is the US Gulf Coast?

The US Gulf Coast encompasses all USA destinations along the Gulf of Mexico. US Gulf Coast stretches about 1,750 miles from Key West Florida to Brownsville Texas and includes hundreds of fascinating, quirky, and fun beachfront communities in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

Some important US Gulf Coast cities are Houston, New Orleans, Tampa, St Petersburg, Mobile Alabama, Pensacola, and Gulfport Mississippi. Popular US Gulf Coast vacation spots include Destin and Panama City Beach in the Florida Panhandle, Florida Gulf Coast (St. Pete/Clearwater, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Naples), South Padre, New Orleans, and more.

#USGulfCoast = #FLGulfCoast + #ALBeaches + #SecretCoast + #OnlyLouisiana + #TXGulfCoast

catch a Coastal Mississippi sunset next to Biloxi Bay Bridge
catch a Coastal Mississippi sunset next to Biloxi Bay Bridge

McCool Travel articles about US Gulf Coast destinations:

Florida Gulf Coast #LoveFL


Central Gulf Coast

Alabama Gulf Coast #ALBeaches #VisitMobile

long shadow on sandy Alabama beach
near sunset on Orange Beach, Alabama

Coastal Mississippi #SecretCoast #MSCoastLife #BigShrimpin #ShrimpingAintEasy

Mississippi Gulf Coast sunset by Charles McCool
Coastal Mississippi sunset by Charles McCool

Louisiana Coast #FeedYourSoul #OnlyLouisiana

canopy oak alley in Bayou des Allemands Louisiana. Airboat tours by Arthur Matherne
oak canopied alley in Bayou des Allemands Louisiana

Texas Gulf Coast

Texas Gulf Coast sunset under bridge
South Padre Island Texas sunset

US Gulf Coast States Coastline Mileage

According to National Ocean Service, the coastline lengths in statute miles for the US Gulf Coast states are:

  • Florida Gulf Coast, 770 miles
  • Alabama Gulf Coast, 53 miles
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast, 44 miles
  • Louisiana Gulf Coast, 397 miles
  • Texas Gulf Coast, 367 miles

Total coastline length of US Gulf Coast states is 1,631 miles.


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