Southwest Louisiana is home to some of the most serene beaches you’ll find in the South. Whether you crave bustling casino beaches or the quiet charm of beaches near the Gulf, there are ample locations to soak up the sun and enjoy water activities while indulging in refreshing cuisine!

friends gather on the Golden Nugget Beach with drinks
Gather with friends at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles and the L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort beaches.

Resort Beaches

Connected by a lighted path and within walking distance of each other lie the beaches of L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort and Golden Nugget Lake Charles. The walkability between beaches makes it easy to explore both in one day, maximizing your beach experience. Both beaches offer an upscale experience right in the heart of Lake Charles.

Enter by way of the resorts or dock your boat at the marina and head for the warm sand. Enjoy a game of beach volleyball or soak up the sun in the water. These casino beaches are perfect for those hoping to blend relaxation and excitement with a breathtaking view of the sunset over Lake Charles.


L’Auberge Beach and Marina

Unwind in the relaxed atmosphere of L’Auberge Beach and Marina. The beach offers ample space for a picnic with tables and comfortable seating. The marina is ideal for boaters, offering docking space.


Golden Nugget Beach

Golden Nugget Beach boasts similar amenities with the bonus of Bill’s Bar & Burger offering an extensive list of local and craft beers. When the sun sets gather around the fire pits with friends.


North Beach

North Beach, the sole white sand inland beach in Louisiana, welcomes you as you exit I-10! It's a fantastic spot for families and groups or the solo traveler. This beach offers stunning views and welcoming brackish water. Enjoy a game of beach volleyball or try your hand at pickleball on the courts.

Its proximity to downtown Lake Charles makes it the prime location to view holiday events like fireworks over the lake and brings you within driving distance of dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

rutherford beach
Delight in shelling, fishing, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, and more at Holly Beach and Rutherford Beach located in Cameron, LA

Gulf of Mexico Beaches

Bask in the beauty of untouched coastal wetlands and rippling marshes as you embark on the Creole Nature Trail All American Road. As you travel south of Lake Charles the trail will lead you to the beautiful beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as alligators, waterfowl, and shorebirds living in the marshes. Plan to bring supplies like mosquito spray and plenty of snacks and drinks for the journey.

Unwind and enjoy a delicious meal in the relaxed environment of the Lighthouse Bend restaurant where you’ll enjoy authentic Louisiana cuisine with seafood fresh from the Gulf.


Holly Beach

Known for its shelling opportunities and the occasional sighting of Pinky the Dolphin, Holly Beach is a charming escape. The shallow, calm waters make it ideal for swimming, fishing, and crabbing or trying to spot the famous dolphin, Pinky!

Discover beautiful shells along the shoreline but remember to leave them on the beach for the many lifeforms that rely on them for survival.


Rutherford Beach

Rutherford Beach is ideal for those who love nature and a bit of adventure. This beach is renowned for its shark teeth, making it a popular spot for fossil enthusiasts. Set up camp right on the beach, and unwind to soothing sounds of the waves. Wake easily with a breathtaking view of the sunrise.

Friends gather for a beach volleyball tournament at South Beach Sports Bar and Grill
Enjoy a game of beach volleyball at South Beach Sports Bar and Grill in Lake Charles, LA.

South Beach Sports Bar and Grill

For an entertaining blend of beach fun and delicious dining, head to South Beach Sports Bar and Grill. Located near McNeese State University, this spot offers a full menu and bar, perfect for refueling after a long day of outdoor activities. Enjoy beach volleyball and pickleball on their courts or relax with a refreshing drink in hand. Keep an eye out for special events like crawfish boils and tournaments, fun for all ages.


Southwest Louisiana beaches are sure to bring you joy. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious day filled with adventure or a charming retreat. Pack your sunscreen, gather your friends and family, and set sail! For more outdoor fun check out Top 7 Must Do Summer Activities, and Explore the Natural Wonders Along the Creole Nature Trail. Click here for a list of events happening in Southwest Louisiana.