One of the grandest things about the Big Easy is its proximity to other states, which makes trekking out to the best New Orleans beaches an opportunity to explore nearby towns.
Although Pontchartrain Beach on the Southshore of Lake Pontchartrain, once a destination preferred by locals, closed in the early 1980s due to declining attendance, New Orleanians actually have access to many beaches along the Gulf Coast, within a few hours drive for a quick day trip or a holiday weekend getaway. Many locals own beach houses as close as Pass Christian, Mississippi, or as far as Highway 30A in Florida. However, the closer destinations, within a three-hour radius, are some of the best in the Gulf, and are all unique and known to have their own special characteristics.
So when you're done exploring the city's top attractions, are through with all the (delicious) eating at the best restaurants in town and are opting out of a day of bar hopping, head to these awesome beaches for a fun day in the sun.
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