Fontainebleau State Park Glamping

Explore the Hidden Treasures of Louisiana’s Beaches

Come see what beaches Louisiana has to offer.

While there are the famous Gulf Coast beaches throughout the Southeast, Louisiana has some gorgeous sandy spots of its own – they’re just a little less well-known. While spring breakers amass in Panama City and Galveston, such unexpected oceanside treasures in Grand Isle and Cameron Parish offer more nuanced surprises. Check out some of south Louisiana’s best beaches and see another side of the Pelican State.


Fontainebleau State Park beach on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.

Beaches in Louisiana

Lounge in the sun at Grand Isle.

Cypremort Point State Park

Epic sunsets at Cypremort Point State Park.

Discover Louisiana's Beaches

Grand Isle Beach

Travel two hours south of New Orleans and you’ll soon find yourself on Grand Isle, a tiny oceanside town and barrier island overlooking Caminada Bay. The beach here is arguably one of Louisiana’s most famous — and for good reason. Its proximity to the Crescent City makes it an easy day trip for city dwellers, plus the area’s redfish and tarpon fishing — like the rest of southern Louisiana — is second to none. Explore the 10 miles of coastline, check out the many migratory birds that temporarily call the island home or simply lounge in the sand. Find exciting things to do in Grand Isle and learn about Grand Isle State Park.

Holly Beach

You’ll know you’re getting close to Holly Beach when you start seeing the clusters of houses on stilts. This beach town is about an hour south of Lake Charles and Sulphur, and it marks the western edge of what locals call the Cajun Riviera, a 30-mile stretch of south Louisiana coastline dotted by marshes and rivers. Camping is allowed on the beach, and the numerous rental houses and RV areas might convince you to stick around for more than just a day. Pack your fishing gear and cast a line in the surf. This beach is also known for birding, shell collecting and spectacular sunsets.

Rutherford Beach

Located in Cameron Parish, Rutherford Beach offers beautiful sights and sounds as the waves roar and crash upon the shoreline. This stretch of rustic beach is ideal for collecting display-worthy shells and cruising down a paddle trail. Camping on the beach and the serenity of this spot will make you feel like it's your own private getaway. 

Cypremort Point Beach

Cypremort Point State Park is home to this picturesque beach overlooking Vermilion Bay. Windsurfing, fishing and paddling are popular activities on the bay, while a fishing pier is available for those wanting to stay on shore. Overnight visitors to the area should check out one of the six cabins on site. 

Fontainebleau Beach

Families and sunbathers delight in the beauty of the white sand beaches at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville. Stunning views of Lake Pontchartrain provide a beautiful backdrop for a lazy day on the beach. Active visitors will enjoy exploring the park's sugar mill ruins, hiking the 6 miles of trail, biking the Tammany Trace or a paddle along the lakeshore. Bring the family and camp for a fun-filled weekend.