Gulf Coast Tourism
White sand beaches, seafood, and warm weather all make the Gulf of Mexico region a popular vacation spot for people from around the U.S. and the world. There are over 620,000 jobs devoted to this industry, yielding over nine billion dollars in tourism and recreation wages paid each year in the Gulf Coast region.
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
(Source: National Ocean Service, NOAA. 2008. Gulf of Mexico at a Glance. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)