If you love to put your toes in the sand and enjoy some time on the beach, there are several options to check out in Louisiana.

Many folks in Shreveport Bossier travel to the Alabama or Florida coast on the Gulf of Mexico for beach vacations, but you don't have to drive that far if you just must get some beach time.

Now, you won't find the gorgeous white sand or bright green or blue water, but we do have some beaches. And over the past year and a half Louisiana has made improvements to several state beaches.

Great Beaches You Can Visit in Louisiana

But lots of folks just have to have soft white sand and blue or green water. If that is you, here are some of our favorite spots within a day drive.

Top 10 Beaches for Shreveport Bossier Residents

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Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Louisiana using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.