What Are The Most Popular Beaches In Louisiana?

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The official start of Summer 2023 is not be until June 21, but with temperatures already in the high 80s, Louisianans across the state are feeling the heat. For those looking to cool down and enjoy some fun in the sun, BetLouisiana.com is taking a break from our coverage of Louisiana sports betting to rank the state’s best beaches by popularity.

Most Search Interest of Louisiana Beaches

To come up with our rankings, we first used a Travel + Leisure’s article called “8 Best Louisiana Beaches” to narrow down the state’s top beaches. Then we looked at Google Trends to find the search volume of each beach listed over the past 90 days (March 2nd to June 6th, 2023). Based on this, here’s our list of the most popular Louisiana beaches in Summer 2023:

Weighted RankBeachCountySearch Interest (vs. other topics) over past 90 days
1Lake CharlesCalcasieu73
2Grand IsleJefferson40
3Holly BeachCameron17
4Fontainebleau State ParkSt. Tammany13
T-5White Sands Lake Day Beach Washington11
T-5Cypremort Point State ParkSt. Mary11
7 Jimmie Davis State Park Jackson10
8Rutherford BeachCameron7

What Are The Best Louisiana Beaches To Go To?

By our numbers, the North Beach at Lake Charles is the most popular beach in Louisiana. Located near the Texas border, and easily accessible off I-10, the freshwater beach boasts vast stretches of white sand and a family friendly vibe. Public washrooms, showers and parking are all available on site.

At number two on the list is Grand Isle. With over seven miles of public beaches, it is Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island. Although there’s just a thousand people who live on the Island year round, over 12,000 visit each year to surf, fish, and enjoy the beach. Birders also flock to Grand Isle annually, as it’s an important habitat for several species of migratory birds. 

The third spot on our list, Holly Beach, is a great place to visit — but a horrible place to live. The beachfront community has been ravaged by hurricanes that have rendered the area virtually inhabitable. On the flip side, this makes Holly Beach a private paradise. But visitors should be aware, the area lacks basic amenities, so be sure to pack what you need.

Fountainebleau State Park is home to the fourth most popular beach in state. Located on the banks of Louisiana’s biggest lake, the beach is just one part of the state park that was founded on the property of a former 19th century Sugar Mill.

Tied at five are White Sands Lake Day Beach and Cypremort Point State Park. White Sands is a private freshwater beach that features inflatable water slides and trampolines out on the lake and offers kayak and paddle board rentals. Cypremort is a man-made beach on the oceanside, located within the larger state park.

Nestled into the northern woods of Louisiana, Jimmie Davis State Park is the seventh most popular beach in Louisiana. A small beach along the shoreline of Caney Lake, it is also a great spot for freshwater fishing.

Last on our list is Rutherford Beach in the Cameron Parish. It’s a popular with RVers, since you can drive out and camp right on the beach itself — and wake up to a glorious view of the Gulf of Mexico. Although it is our “least popular” beach, many consider that a bonus.


Jeff Parker is an entertainment writer for LouisianaBets.com. A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with a Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.

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