Just ten miles west of New Iberia lies one of Louisiana's best kept secrets--a semitropical paradise you have to visit to believe. This is Jefferson Island. Situated on a prehistoric salt dome, the wooded "island" rises above the surrounding grasslands. It is home to the scenic Lake Peigneur, Café Jefferson, Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Rip's Rookery, Joseph Jefferson Mansion, and so much more. Come explore its treasures.