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.
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).
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.
- 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:
- Nearby rentals from VRBO.
- Nearby rooms and properties from Booking.com.
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Holly Beach (Cajun Riviera) which you can visit:
- Little Florida Beach (9 miles)
- Rutherford Beach (20 miles)
- North Beach (Lake Charles) (35 miles)
- McFaddin Beach (40 miles)