Information & Facts
The Gulf Coast enjoys a humid sub-tropical climate, highly
influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are short and mild with
brief cold spells and summers are long and hot with high humidity.
January's average temperatures fall between 43ºF (6ºC) and 60ºF
(15ºC) and July's average temperatures fall between 70ºF (21ºC) and
90ºF (32ºC). The Gulf Coast receives an annual rainfall of 62
inches (157mm). Hurricane season is from June to October and
visitors should check local weather reports for up-to-date
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.