The 30 best free US beaches

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!

Try the beaches of Alabama.

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.

Relax on the beaches of Arizona.

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.

Enjoy the beaches of California.

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.

Try the beaches of Colorado.

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.

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Relax on the beaches of Connecticut.

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.

Enjoy the beaches of Delaware.

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.

Try Florida beaches.

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.

Relax on the beaches of Georgia.

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.

Enjoy the beaches of Hawaii.

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.

Try the beaches of Idaho.

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.

Try Kansas beaches.

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.

Relax on the beaches of Kentucky.

Green River Lake, Kentucky

Several beaches adorn this Kentucky lake, where one can rent a personal watercraft, houseboat, pontoon and more.

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Enjoy the beaches of Louisiana.

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.

Try the beaches of Maryland.

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.

Enjoy the beaches of Massachusetts.

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.

Enjoy the beaches of Michigan.

Eagle River Beach, Michigan

The beach along the Eagle River has a long history, and the view of the sunset is breathtaking.

Try the beaches of Mississippi.

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.

Try the beaches of Missouri.

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.

Try the beaches of Montana.

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.

Try the beaches of Nebraska.

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.

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Enjoy the beaches of Nevada.

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?

Relax on the beaches of New Jersey.

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.

Try the beaches of New York.

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.

Try the beaches of North Carolina.

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.

Relax on the beaches of Oregon.

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!

Enjoy the beaches of South Carolina.

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.

Try the beaches of South Dakota.

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).

Enjoy the beaches of Virginia.

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.

Relax on the beaches of Wisconsin.

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.

Try the beaches of Wyoming.

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.

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Mohamed SAKHRI

I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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