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Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

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Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

Due to time constraints we need to travel from San Antonio to Lafayette via the Interstate in a single day.

If we departed at around 5.00am from San Antonio, would we be badly delayed by peak hour(s) traffic through Houston?

We hope to do a Cajan Swamp Tour at Lafayette commencing at 4.30pm, and stop enroute for a break and lunch.


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1. Re: Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

My husband drives from San Antonio to Lafayette every couple of weeks for work, and his opinion is - the traffic is always bad in Houston! He said it takes him a good 7 hours, no matter what time he leaves and no matter the traffic. I think your plan should work.

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2. Re: Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

You could probably use the High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes coming into Houston from San Antonio during rush hour; I believe you qualify if you have 2 or more people in your car. This should be far less congested than the regular traffic lanes. As you leave the center of Houston going east, you will be back in the regular lanes, but will have far less traffic exiting the city at this time of day. But it has been a while since we have driven this route -- perhaps some Houston residents or frequent visitors could help, and let you know where to enter the HOV lane?

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3. Re: Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

Thanks all,

Several TA's from San Antonio explained HOV's and the like. We now plan to depart at 5.00am.

For Lafayette, we have booked into the Hilton, and hope to do a Cajan Swamp Tour. Mind you we have crocodiles everywhere up north over here. Can you think of any better options.

I should state we are stopping ar Buc'ees and Steamboat Bills enroute.


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4. Re: Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

I love Lafayette for many reasons. Great food, great music, Louisiana drinking laws, great art, lots of festivals. But best of all it has great people. We have several sets of good friends that we've simply met along our travels who we no regularly visit.

I have nearly 200 items on my Lafayette list. Here's a "short" list of some of my favorites:

Prejans - Mmmmm - www.prejeans.com

Angelle's Whiskey River Landing - Sunday dances - http://www.whiskeyriverlanding.net/

El Sid-O's - http://elsidos.crazygator.com/ - Real Deal Zydeco

Vermilionville - Learn some Cajun history - http://www.vermilionville.org/

Pat's Fishermans Wharf and Atchafalaya Club - great crawfish and music - http://www.patsfishermanswharf.com/

Cafe des Amis - Saturday morning Zydeco breakfast - http://www.cafedesamis.com/

Blue Moon Saloon - Funky lodging and great music - http://bluemoonpresents.com/site/

T-Coons - Mmmm breakfast or Lunch - http://www.tcoons.com/tcoons/

Poupart Bakery (right next door to T-Coons - Can you say, "Dessert after breakfast?" - http://www.poupartsbakery.com/

Deano's Pizza -Marie LeVaux pizza - http://www.deanospizza.com/

Olde Tyme Grocery - Po-Boys - urbanspoon.com/r/…Olde-Tyme-Grocery-Lafayette

The Best Stop - #1 Specitaly Meats - http://www.beststopinscott.com/

Don's Meats - #2 - http://www.donsspecialtymeats.com

San Souci Art Gallery - Co-op of Louisiana artists - www.louisianacrafts.org/

Acadian Village - Learn a little history - http://www.acadianvillage.org/Home.asp

Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall, Washington, LA - lots of antiques - http://www.oldschoolhouseantiquemall.com/

The Independent - Free weekly newspaper with "The Grid" of live music - http://www.theind.com/

Hope this helps!

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5. Re: Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

Many out of state visitors love a swamp tour when they come down, or sometimes a canoe trip at Lake Martin and a walk on the boardwalk ( Pack and Paddle - http://packpaddle.com/ - would have more information on that) if you are into the outdoor activities. Other than that, I think Octoboy covered most of the available activites in the area. I have never done a swamp tour myself, so I can't readily recommend any but I know several have been listed on the forum in the past.

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6. Re: Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

Here's a few places to stop and rest in LA on your way to Lafayette, including BB. Good luck.

Get off I 10 @ Exit 64 in Jennings, LA and go S on Highway 26 to Frey's Crawfish House for good cajun food for lunch or dinner. They only serve dinner on T/F/S. Be sure to check their hours.

Frey's Crawfish House @ 919A North Lake Arthur Ave., Jennings, LA 337 - 246 - 5023.


Get off I 10 at Exit 82 and go N to Hawk's for fresh crawfish.

Hawk's Crawfish @ 415 Hawks Road, Rayne, LA 337 - 788 - 3266.


Get off I 10 at Exit 101 in Lafayette, LA then go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go less than a mile to Creole Cafe for good country breakfast or plate lunch.

Creole Cafe @ 1227 N. University Ave., Lafayette, LA 337 - 266 - 4648.

Or get off I 10 at Exit 101 in Lafayette, LA and go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go S on University and it becomes W University. Take a right on Johsnton St. and go three blocks and take a right on W St. Mary Blvd.then go one block where you will find Old Thyme Grocery for good road food and the best po boys in LA.

Old Tyme Grocery @ 218 West Saint Mary Blvd., Lafayette, LA 337 - 235 - 8165.

Or get off I 10 in Lafayette, LA at Exit 101 and go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go S on University and it becomes W University then it becomes E University. Go to Pinhook and take a right then go about 6 blocks to Blue Dog Cafe for great road food.

Blue Dog Cafe @ 1211 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 337 - 237 - 0005.


Get off I 10 at Exit 109 in Breaux Bridge and go S on Rees Street or Highway 328 and go to Le Cafe for outstanding Po Boys. Or get Off I 10 at Exit 109 and go N on Highway 328 which is Anse Broussard Highway also to Poche Bridge Road. Go N to Main Highway and Poche Market and Restaurant for good Cajun cuisine for lunch. This is a buffet so you might really like it if you are in a hurry. Cafe Des Amis has outstanding food and music on Wednesday nights. There's also Zydeco breakfasts on Saturday morning at 8:30.

Le Cafe @ 124 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 332 - 2500.

Poche's Market and Restaurant @ 3015 Main Hwy., Breaux Bridge, LA. 337 - 332 - 2108.


Cafe De Amis @ 140 East Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 332 - 5273.


Get off I 10 at Exit 115 in Henderson, LA and go E on Highway 352 to Henderson Levee Road to Pat's Fisherman's Wharf for good cajun food. Go to Whiskey River Landing for good music and cold drinks. Robin's has good crawfish.

Pat's Fisherman's Wharf @ 1008 Henderson Levee Rd., Henderson, LA 337 - 228 - 7512.


Whiskey River Landing @ 1365 Henderson Levee Road, Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 228 - 2277.


Robin's Restaurant @ 1409 Henderson Hwy., Henderson, LA 337 - 228 - 7594. LD. ***


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7. Re: Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

Those are awesome recommendations (especially Frey's - yum!), but depending on when they come, it's not currently crawfish season and "if" they are lucky enough to find some crawfish, they will be very small and very ridiculously priced. :(

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8. Re: Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

Thank you everyone for all of those great responses. We have added many into our list, especially the Old Tyme Grocery.

Just a question though. I noted that comment was made about Louisiana Drinking laws. Could you explain it to me, as it went right over my head.

Thanks again

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9. Re: Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

Louisiana's drinking laws used to be much more lax than most of the rest of the nation. Lately though, those have been changing.

What is the legal age to enter a bar in Louisiana?

18 years old.

What is the legal drinking age in Louisiana?

21 years old. However, 18-20 year olds may consume alcohol in an alcoholic beverage outlet if they are accompanied by a parent, spouse, or legal guardian who is 21 years of age or older.

Where to Buy Alcohol

Private retail stores sell spirits, while grocery and convenience stores sell beer and wine. There are no set service hours or days for selling alcohol.

Open Container Laws

Previously opened bottles of alcohol must be carried in the trunk of a car.

BAC Limits

The maximum legal limit for blood-alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent, and a tested level over this amount constitutes ‘per se intoxication,’ meaning it is sufficient evidence to charge a driver with DUI (driving under the influence).

Discouraging underage drivers from drinking is the focus of ‘zero tolerance laws.’ Any driver under the age of 21 years who is tested for a .02 percent or higher BAC is subject to DUI penalties.

If a driver tests at .15 percent over the .08 percent maximum legal BAC limit or refuses to comply with a police officer’s chemical testing request, that driver is subject to harsher penalties.


Laws that require a driver to comply with breath, blood, or urine testing for intoxication levels are ‘implied consent laws.’ Refusal to cooperate with a police officer who requests to see proof of insurance, a driver’s license, or requests that a driver submit to chemical testing carries a penalty of suspended driving privileges for up to one year.

Removal of a driver’s license by the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is a punishment available to the courts for 90 days for the first offense, one year for the second offense, and two years for the third offense.

The penal system in Louisiana will consider confiscating a driver’s vehicle after the third DUI conviction.

Attachment of an ignition interlock device is a penalty possibility after the third DUI conviction.

Alcohol education, treatment, or assessment for alcohol abuse is a possible punishment.

DUI is considered a felony after the third conviction.

*The "Open Container Law* is the newest change to the alcohol laws:

It is illegal for the vehicle operator or passenger to be in possession of an alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle according to LSA 32:300. To summarize:

* "Alcoholic beverage" means any of the following: (a) Beer, ale, etc. containing one-half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume, brewed or produced from malt, wholly or in part (b) Wine of not less than one-half of one percent of alcohol by volume. (c) Distilled spirits which is that substance known as ethyl alcohol, ethanol, or spirits of wine in any form, including all dilutions and mixtures thereof from whatever source or by whatever process produced.

* "Motor vehicle" means a vehicle driven or drawn by mechanical power and manufactured primarily for use on public highways.

* "Open alcoholic beverage container" means any bottle, can, or other receptacle that contains any amount of alcoholic beverage and to which any of the following is applicable: (i) It is open or has a broken seal. (ii) Its contents have been partially removed. "Open alcoholic beverage container" shall not mean any bottle, can, or other receptacle that contains any amount of frozen alcoholic beverage unless the lid is removed or a straw protrudes through the lid.

* "Passenger area" means the area designed to seat the driver and passengers while the motor vehicle is in operation and any area that is readily accessible to the driver or a passenger while in their seating positions, including the glove compartment. It shall not mean a locked glove compartment or behind the last upright seat, or any area not normally occupied by the driver or a passenger in a motor vehicle that is not equipped with a trunk.

* The fine for violation is 100 dollars plus court costs.

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10. Re: Car Travel San Antonio to Lafayette

Thanks Gingerspice.

Absolutely amazing, espicially the carriage in a cabin of a vehicle.

We are young grand parents so the age will not worry us.

Thanks again.