Holly Beach (Cajun Riviera)

Sandy beach
2335 Egret St, Cameron, LA 70631, USA
35 miles from Lake Charles, LA
Water quality
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Water Quality
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Beach amenities

  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • CrabbingPublic crabbing sites
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Strong winds and currents, look after your kids!

No stores or gas stations nearby.

Holly Beach aka the Cajun Riviera is the opposite of your regular resort beach. Here you will not find any large hotels, giant condos or fancy restaurants with lots of entertainment nearby. It’s definitely not the prettiest beach you’ve visited, but it has a spirit of its own and many consider it to be the best beach near New Orleans. This is an ideal place for fishermen (license not required!), shellers, folks who practice meditation or enjoy long quiet walks.

Getting there

You can get to the beach by pulling off the side of the road between mile marker 42 and 43. You can park your car right on the sand.

If you're not driving you can take a $1 ferry from Cameron and watch dolphins on your way there (if you're lucky, of course).

The beach

You can set up a tent or if you are in for a longer stay go ahead and rent an RV or a small house - there’s a number of colorful homes which are available on request along the surf. A number of public crabbing sites as a nice bonus and something to entertain your company and yourself with. Bring your own food or be prepared to fish something out, as there aren’t any restaurants close by!

The beach is not developed at all, except for a small number of elevated homes that are available for rent. 

Food and amenities

You can take a $1 ferry that will bring you to Cameron and back after you're done exploring the town or having lunch or dinner (Anchors Up grill has awesome burgers, check them out). 

There aren't many amenities on the beach, except for a few portable toilets that are placed along the coastline. Overall the place is clean and taken care of, however (unfortunately) many visitors forget to clean after themselves which is why you can occasionally find all kinds of stuff laying around.


An ideal place for a daycation - only a few hour drive from Houston and around 3-4 hour drive from New Orleans/Baton Rouge.

Driving time

  • Approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes from New Orleans by car.
  • Only 2 hours 20 minutes from Houston, TX, by car.

What we loved

  • Great fishing spot
  • Quiet and never crowded!
  • Sheller's paradise 🐚
  • RV camping
  • Public crabbing sites 🦀

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Holly Beach (Cajun Riviera) which you can visit:

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Visitor questions:

Question: Can you still drive down on the beach now?
Asked by Melinda P Marshall about 4 years ago
Answer: You can drive everywhere on the beach except for the ‘New Beach’ area that is located on the farthest east side of Holly Beach. On New Beach, the sand is too fluffy, and driving in this part of the beach is prohibited by law. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic visitors from other states may be required to self-quarantine in Louisiana for 14 days.
Question: I need a cheap small one room rental for one night. Me and my hubby and my 2 children who can sleep on air mattress August 1st to August 2nd. Just for a Birthday outing.
Asked by c Villejoin almost 4 years ago
Answer: Dear Janice, we are not offering any rooms for rent. The nearest hotel offered by Booking.com is called Cameron Motel. Please contact them +13377755442. Alternatively, check VRBO and HomeAway rental services.
Asked by Gene Martin almost 4 years ago
Answer: Unfortunately, this beach features no nude areas. The closest places where you can sunbathe and swim nude are Ship Island Beach and Emerald Lake Naturist Resort and RV Park Beach.
Question: Do you know if there have been any changes to Holly Beach being a nude beach or at least having a nudist section?
Asked by Jean Paul Jagneaux about 3 years ago
Answer: Holly Beach has no nude zone. The only opportunity to uncover yourself on this beach is to visit the “Go Topless Weekend on the Cajun Riviera” event. Last time it took place in August 2020. Follow the news, and if the event is going to take place this year, you can participate in it if you like!
Question: Can dogs swim there?
Asked by Janet Moody over 2 years ago
Answer: Dogs are allowed on the beach but there is no information on whether they are allowed to enter the water or not. However, we recommend you to avoid this because the current is very strong near this beach.

Holly Beach (Cajun Riviera) videos

Holly Beach flyover video
A great drone made video of Cajun Riviera
Holly Beach waves
A short video reflecting the Cajun Riviera mood

Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Cameron, Louisiana 2335 Egret St, Cameron, LA 70631, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Holly Beach (Cajun Riviera) reviews and photos
Reviewed on: June 9, 2021