6 Best New Orleans Neighboring Beaches

Summertime New Orleans temperatures can heat up even the coldest bloodied travelers to the point of the desperate need for the beach. Thankfully, there are some great beaches close to the city to provide some relief from the punishing heat and humidity. The beaches are beautiful and inviting to unwind after the New Orleans parties. Let's explore the places to go for a beach vacation close to the city:

1. Biloxi/Gulfport Beach, MS

Biloxi/Gulfport Beach, MS

Gulf of Mexico has a lot to offer here - endless sun, waves, and pristine white sand. The beach is popular among the Greater New Orleans visitors and locals. Biloxi is very close to civilization and there is plenty of entertainment around. Beau Rivage and Palace Casino Resort invite for some gambling and great food. The area is teeming with beautiful vacation rentals and hotel accommodations. Those craving some culture are welcome to the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs. The most beautiful thing - these beaches are just 20 minutes from New Orleans downtown.

2. Holly Beach or the Cajun Riviera

Holly Beach or the Cajun Riviera

This place used to be favorite summer place for many South Louisiana residents, but it sustained serious damage during hurricane Rita and lost some of its glory. However, people still come and those faithful guests can have the beach pretty much to themselves - something Florida visitors will never experience. The Holly Beach is a popular camper destination. Sabine national Wildlife Refuge is a great place to observe uninterrupted wildlife enjoying less crowded shores. The beach is about 4 hours away from New Orleans.

3. Lake Pontchartrain Beach, Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville, LA

This is not a salt water Gulf of Mexico beach, but it offers beautiful pristine nature and serves as a great coastal substitute. Humid and hot days force people out of the city and there is no better place to cool off than Lake Pontchartrain.

Fontainebleau State Park

The lake shores are lined with cozy and affordable cabins, available for a quick weekend getaway. And best of all - the park is just a short drive from New Orleans.

4. Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton, LA

Bogue Chitto State Park

This beach is not a Gulf of Mexico shore, but it is the next best thing - beautiful Bogue Chitto River with its sandy shores and cool fresh waters. Hikers can enjoy unique formations on the trails in the park, families swim and play in the sand and then camp at night right by the water. Cabins are available for rent, as are kayaks and tubes for river floating. Just an hour and a half will get you there from New Orleans.

5. Ship Island, MS

Ship Island, MS

This place invites you to experience a truly secluded beach vacation. A daily ferry takes you to this deserted barrier island for a unique time alone. The beach is always empty and a true relaxation awaits all peace seekers. Sand can be reached after a short walk and there isn't a tree around here, so bring an umbrella and plenty of sunscreen. The beach is pristine and beautiful - plenty of photo opportunities without another person in sight. The ferry leaves at 9 am, so only early risers are welcome. The boat leaves from Gulfport, which is an hour and a half drive from New Orleans, and then another hour on a ferry. All this travelling is definitely worth it.

6. Grand Isle, LA

Grand Isle, LA

The beaches of Grand Isle are just 2 hours away from New Orleans and have long been a popular vacation destination for Louisiana residents and guests alike. The beaches are beautiful and activities are plentiful - bird and dolphin watching, fishing, swimming, sun tanning, and romantic walks along the beach and raised homes right on the shore. The Grand Isle is never too crowded and always picturesque.