30 Free Beach Getaways All Across the United States
Have you ever packed up your whole car and headed to the nearest beach, only to find that there’s a fee just to enter? Us, too. So we rounded up the best free beaches we could find––that way, you can have fun in the sun without shelling out major bucks.
Gulf Shores Public Beach, Alabama
Just one of the beach getaways along Highway 59, Gulf Shores offers lifeguards, picnic areas, and restrooms (with showers!). While there is a small parking fee, you can almost always find free parking at beaches nearby.
Venice Beach, California
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Venice Beach, one of Los Angeles’ infamous beach getaways, is known most for its boardwalk. Artists, musicians, and other creatives flock to Venice Beach to sell, practice, and perfect their crafts, so you shouldn’t go there expecting a quiet, serene day on the beach. Parking fees apply along the beach, so we recommend finding street parking farther away from the shore. If you’re interested in the boardwalk at Venice Beach, read up on 14 of the best beach boardwalks in America.
Rock Canyon Beach, Lake Pueblo State Park, Colorado
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Rock Canyon Beach is nestled within one of Colorado’s many gorgeous parks. This beach is pet-friendly and has showers, restrooms, and plenty of other on-site activity options. Traveling with Fido? Check out 14 other dog-friendly beaches your pooch will love.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth beach boasts Delaware’s most charming mile-long boardwalk, perfect for when you want to take a break from the sun and grab a bite to eat. Both metered and non-metered parking is available nearby. Read up on other budget-friendly beaches to plan the perfect cheap summer vacation.
Clearwater Beach, Florida
One of Florida’s many white-sand beach getaways, Clearwater is a perfect location for a low-key beach day. Parking is available nearby at rates as low as $2.
Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii
Kaanapali Beach, which is located in West Maui, is world famous for its beautiful white sand. And remember to bring your camera—this beach is known for its spectacular sunsets.
Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Beaches dot the shoreline of Northern Idaho’s breathtaking Lake Coeur d’Alene. There are plenty of boat docks, and the lake is known for its ultra-clear water which is perfect for timid young swimmers. Free parking is available a few blocks away, but paid lots can be found closer to the beach. Check out this list of 10 beaches with the clearest water in the world.