If you are planning a trip to the United States, here are our suggestions for fantastic beaches where you will be welcomed (for free) with open arms!
Gulf Shores Public Beach, Alabama
This is one of the many beaches found along Highway 59. Picnic tables, public restrooms and showers are available and there is a presence of lifeguards. Parking is free.
Buckskin Mountain State Park Beach, Arizona
This beach sits in the heart of Arizona‘s state parks, making it a well-maintained and very scenic spot. Lifeguards are absent, but you can play volleyball and go hiking. There is even a small market there.
Venice Beach, Californie
One of the most notorious beaches in the state is best known for its famous boardwalk. Artists, musicians and artisans come here to sell and practice their art. So don’t expect to find a peaceful little paradise there. Parking is chargeable all along the beach, so we recommend looking for a spot on a nearby street.
Rock Canyon Beach, Lake Pueblo State Park, Colorado
This beach is located in one of Colorado’s beautiful state parks. You can bring your pet there. There are showers, toilets and several activities are offered.
Clinton Town Beach, Connecticut
Clinton Town is one of Connecticut’s top-rated beaches, with volleyball courts, pavilions, play areas, food counters, and bathrooms. Parking is chargeable for those who do not live in Clinton.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
It is here that we find the most charming promenade in the state, which is a little less than two kilometers in length. It’s ideal when you want to take a little break from the sun’s rays while snacking on something while walking. Parking, with or without a parking meter, is available nearby.
Clearwater Beach, Floride
Here is one of the many Florida getaways against a backdrop of white sand. Ideal for a day at the beach without breaking your head. Parking is available nearby at a lower cost.
Acworth Beach, Georgia
This fabulous beach on the north shore of Lake Acworth offers fishing spots, bathrooms, play areas and a boardwalk. Non-residents of Acworth must pay for parking.
Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii
Kaanapali Beach, located in West Maui Island, is world famous for its beautiful white beach. Don’t forget to bring your camera: the sunsets are breathtaking.
Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Several beaches dot the shoreline of this lake located in the northern state of Idaho. There are many docks there. The water here is extremely clear, which will make life easier for the shyest young swimmers. Free parking is easily found a short distance from the beaches. Those who want to pay will be able to park closer.
Cedar Bluff State Park, Kansas
It’s not the most equipped beach on this list, but that’s what gives it its charm. Although isolated, it still offers a volleyball court, several hiking trails and bathrooms. Parking is chargeable.
Green River Lake, Kentucky
Several beaches adorn this Kentucky lake, where one can rent a personal watercraft, houseboat, pontoon and more.
North Beach, Lake Charles, Louisiane
Fun fact: North Beach is the only inland white sand beach between Texas and Florida. It is easily accessible via Interstate Highway 10.
Ocean City, Maryland
All the beaches (more than 140) in the area are free, and you can find parking just as free if you look around a bit. It is possible to find a more peaceful beach in the north of the city, if your goal is to relax and read. If you’re looking for fun and a change of scenery, then stay downtown and visit the historic promenade.
Coast Guard Beach, Massachusetts
Fun fact: this is where the ship Mayflower docked from England. This beautiful beach is open year-round, and shuttles will take you directly from the parking lot to the beach.
Eagle River Beach, Michigan
The beach along the Eagle River has a long history, and the view of the sunset is breathtaking.
Gulf Coast Beach, Mississippi
This forty kilometer long beach offers several places to stop and take a few pictures. You can also take a break there to enjoy a moment of tranquility.
Long Branch State Park, Missouri
What a perfect lake beach on a heavy summer day. It is open from May to September, and there is a volleyball court and changing rooms. There is no lifeguard there, so always keep an eye out for the little ones.
Bozeman Beach, Montana
The beach of this four-acre lake offers a dock for fishing and diving, pavilions for picnicking, volleyball courts, cliffs to climb and more. Those out of state will have to pay for parking.
Lake McConaughy, Nebraska
Several corners of the beach are accessible along the northeast shoreline of beautiful Lake McConaughy. There are campgrounds nearby, with washroom facilities, boarding and alighting ramps, and sand. Lots of sand. Parking is payable at the park entrance.
Wingfield Park, Nevada
This is a beach that makes this list for the following reason: it is like no other. The rock formations found in the Truckee River make it possible to jump, dive and even slide. What better way to cool off during a heat wave?
Wildwood, New Jersey
Several New Jersey beaches are only open to residents, but those in Wildwood are free and well-maintained. The famous walks found there are ideal for the whole family. Paid parking is available nearby, but it is also possible to park for free in the surrounding streets.
Brighton Beach, New York
Coney Island’s quiet little sister is sure to amaze you. The shoreline is littered with colorful little shops and restaurants, and the surrounding neighborhood is brimming with diversity. It’s perfect for escaping the horrors of the city. Free parking can be found, but you will have to look.
Carolina Beach, North Carolina
If the white sand and blue water aren’t enough to satisfy you, the arcades, shops and restaurants surely will. As well as the possibility of fishing, for amateurs.
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
With its dense forest and breathtaking coastline, Rockaway offers you the best of both worlds. Hiking, swimming, playing in small ponds, whale watching… everything is possible!
Isle of Palms, South Carolina
This peaceful beach is the place to visit for a day-long or even a week-long adventure! Relax while indulging in tennis, volleyball, paddleboarding and other outdoor activities. Roadside parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Paid parking will cost you $1 (American!) per hour.
Sylvan Lake, South Dakota
This beach with access to an area intended for swimming in the lake is nestled in the forests of Custer State Park, where it is good to hike. On the water, it is possible to go kayaking, canoeing or pedal boating (for hire).
Cape Charles Beach, Virginia
This free beach stretches along a waveless lake. It is therefore ideal for floating or simply wading. The surrounding area is quite charming.
North Beach, Wisconsin
The place has earned many accolades for the cleanliness of the premises and its family character. There are food counters and playgrounds, and lifeguards watch over bathers. Parking is free. Hard to beat.
Colter Bay, Wyoming
Not only are there nearby picnic areas, but the place is never crowded. And the view is worth the trip. Bring your shoes to walk on the beach, because the sand is very rocky.