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Where to find sand and surf in the Pelican State.  

Karen Ruffini
August 05, 2017

It may not be a well-known beach destination, but the marshy coastal state of Louisiana has beautiful white-sand beaches and warm, clear waters that could rival more familiar summer spots like North Carolina and Florida.

And that's definitely part of the appeal. Most people don't think of the Pelican State will surely stun you with its white sands and crystal blue waters, and your dreams of vacationing in California or Florida will vanish as quickly as the coming and going of tides.

Here, we’ve researched four of the best Louisiana beaches that will make your summer break unforgettable.

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Grand Isle

Best known for it’s deep-sea fishing and birding habitat, Grand Isle State Park is Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island. Offering stellar views of the Gulf of Mexico, Grand Isle is a perfect destination for camping and picnicking, while endless birding trails will keep outdoor enthusiasts occupied for hours.

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North Beach

Who says a beach has to be located on the ocean? Lake Charles’ North Beach is a prime example that there’s no need to head to the coast for sandy shores. Resting on the western edge of Lake Charles, North Beach is the only inland white beach between Texas and Florida. While it's easily accessible off I-10, this urban-friendly beach still maintains its natural beauty.

Port Fourchon

If it’s waves you crave, head to Port Fourchon: the only surfing beach in the entire state of Louisiana. This coastal port is also a prime spot for recreational fishing.

Fontainebleau State Park

Perfect for a family getaway, Lake Pontchartrain at Fontainebleau State Park is one of the largest lakes in Louisiana. This park’s soft, sandy beach gives way to shallow waters, making it an ideal spot for younger children to swim and play. If you’re looking for more adventure on your trip, bring a canoe or kayak and paddle around the lakefront for an impressive view.

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