- Jonathan Chum
Louisiana is a state with countless lakes, rivers and beaches. In fact, it's home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in America. There are many places to go swimming in the state, but all of them could be considered "the best." To help you figure out which one is right for you, we've compiled a list of popular beach destinations and why they should be your next vacation spot!
Located in the town of Rutherford, this beach is a popular destination for locals and tourists. The beach has a good parking lot and bathroom facilities. It's also dog friendly: you'll be allowed to bring your furry friend along as long as they are on a leash at all times. And in case you forget to bring your own, the lifeguard will keep an eye out for lost items while they're on duty from 10am - 6pm.
White Sands Lake Day Beach
Located on the south side of White Sands Lake, this beach is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. The cost is 4 and those under 6 years old can enjoy the beach for free when accompanied by an adult.
A Day Pass includes access to the entire beach area, including restrooms and showers that are accessible during business hours. There are no lifeguards on duty at this location; however, there are emergency phones around the perimeter of White Sands Lake in case of an emergency or medical issue requiring immediate assistance.
The water at this location is considered warm but can be a bit chilly when the winds pick up. It's best to bring sunscreen and protective clothing, as well as floatation devices such as inner tubes or rafts if you plan on spending more than an hour in the sun.
Holly Beach is a public beach located in Terrebonne Parish. It is on the Gulf of Mexico and open . The beach has lifeguards on duty, restrooms, picnic tables and shelters available.
It also has a playground area for kids, as well as picnic tables and grills. The beach is located on the west side of the Lake Charles Harbor. It's a small beach with limited parking but it offers a nice view of the lake.
Jimmie Davis State Park
Jimmie Davis State Park is located in St. Francisville, a small town about an hour northwest of Baton Rouge. The park has picnic areas and a beach, as well as cabins and cottages for rent. If you're going to be staying for a few days, consider bringing your own kayak or canoe! There's also a boat launch area if you want to go fishing or take out one of the rental boats available at the local marina (which can be found just across the street).
The park is best known for its historic homes, which were built in the 18th and 19th centuries by wealthy planters. There are tours available on weekends and holidays, but if you're just visiting for the day it's still worth checking out the houses. They're beautiful!
Grand Isle is a barrier island off the coast of Louisiana. It's a popular destination for tourists, who come to enjoy its wide range of accommodations and activities. The area has a long history as an important fishing port and is known for its seafood restaurants and oyster beds. You'll find many opportunities here to try some of Louisiana's best seafood while soaking up the sun at one of many beaches on Grand Isle.
If you're looking for something different than a typical beach vacation, Grand Isle may be just what you need! If you want to get away from all those crowds at other beaches in Louisiana (and there are plenty), this is your spot! This barrier island offers miles upon miles of quiet beaches where you won't have to worry about fighting over chairs or umbrellas with strangers who don't respect personal space---or even land ownership boundaries---when it comes time for them to claim their patch of sand by setting up camp under someone else's umbrella that isn't theirs either...
Fontainebleau State Park
Fontainebleau State Park is located in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. It's the perfect beach destination if you're looking for an adventure that involves the ocean, fishing, and hiking. The park has a campground as well as cabins available for rent. This year-round park also offers facilities such as picnic areas and playgrounds; so if you're planning on spending more than one day here, bring along plenty of food!
There are plenty of things to do at Fontainebleau State Park besides swim in the Gulf of Mexico or fish off its shores---you can hike through the forested trails that wind throughout the area or rent bikes from their bike rental shop (and even take advantage of their special programs like adult beginner lessons). If all this sounds good enough already but there are still other beaches on our list we haven't covered yet then keep reading because there are plenty more options ahead!
North Beach is a great beach for swimming. It's located on Grand Isle, which is about an hour southwest of New Orleans. This beach has a long pier that juts out into the water and you can snorkel from it if you want to see some fish or explore the ocean floor. There are also lifeguards who watch over North Beach so if you're not an experienced swimmer, don't worry: someone will help keep you safe in the water!
White sand beaches are in abundance at South Beach and West End. These beaches have some of the best swimming areas in New Orleans, with clear water and lots of space to relax on the shoreline. The water is always warm enough for swimming, so you don't have to worry about getting chilly!
Cypremort Point Beach
Cypremort Point Beach is the largest natural beach in Louisiana, with more than 10 miles of pure white sand. The beach is located on the west side of the mouth of the Mississippi River and it has been recognized as one of America's top beaches by Trip Advisor.
The sand is soft and white, and it's easy to walk along the shoreline. If you want some shade from the sun, there are plenty of trees around North Beach that provide some relief from the heatThe beach has a beautiful shoreline, with many types of shells and sea life. It's also a good place to swim and fish in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.!
The best beaches in Louisiana are as varied as Louisiana itself---from a beach where you can watch an entire coastline disappear and reappear at high tide, to a beach where you can get up close and personal with some of the state's most famous residents. Whether you're looking for something secluded or a place with plenty of amenities (or both!), there's no shortage of options in this beautiful state.
So get out there and enjoy our fabulous coastal gems!