Avery Island is located in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. It is about three miles inland from Vermilion Bay, which in turn opens onto the Gulf of Mexico. While there is a small settlement here, it is primarily a salt dome best known as the source of Tabasco sauce. The island was named after the Avery family, who settled there in the 1830s.
Under the Avery/McIlhenny family's management, the islan has remained a natural paradise, inhabited by many animal species, as well as by exotic plants from throughout the world. It also has a bird sanctuary. The area was considerably damaged by the Hurricane Rita in 2005.