Lafayette, LA (KPEL News) - Summer is upon us. Kids will be out of school, and families will be planning get-aways. Louisiana vacationers head east to enjoy the sand and the surf.

Interestingly, hundreds of folks who live in and around the Lafayette area are condo owners in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. Chances are good that you could find a guy who knows a guy (or gal) with a rental available if you aren't sure where to stay.

Thousands of Louisiana families have been making the trek toward the white sand beaches for many years and are experienced when it come to what to pack, where to stay, and what not to do. If you ask, they are happy to share the wealth of knowledge with you so that you and your family can have an enjoyable trip.

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In the interest of a great vacation, here are 9 unwritten beach rules less-experienced Louisiana vacationers should know about before you pack your beach towel and flip flops to head to your sandy destination.

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