Visit to Holly Beach, Louisiana
Holly Beach is a public beach community in Southwest Louisiana. Called the Cajun Riviera, the vacation community was ravaged by the 2005 hurricane season. It is a favorite beach destination for natives of Southwest Louisiana and is uncrowded. You will want to bring everything you need for the length of your visit, as there are virtually no services in the area - despite what mapping websites may tell you!
Holly Beach is about an hour from Lake Charles if you take Route 27 off I-10 in Sulphur. You can take Route 14 to Route 27 off I-210 further to the east, but you will have to take a short ferry ride from Cameron to the beach area and it will add time to your travel. There was a sign saying the ride would be $1, but no one actually collected it. We heard that people often see dolphins while riding the ferry, but we didn't.
Throughout the area, you will see lots of examples of hurricane devastated areas that have not yet recovered...and it kind of looks like they never will. You can also follow Route 82 along the coastline from anywhere in Southwestern Louisiana - or even Texas. No matter how you get there, it's miles and miles of wetlands. East or west, there are also National Wildlife Preserves you can enjoy.
As the road follows the coastline, the beach area is obvious. There's a fairly deserted community - maybe ten houses, some RVs, and a few "blocks" in...the beach.
It actually stretches for quite a distance and the sand is very soft, although it's riddled with trash. It was a windy day and the waves were pounding, so we mostly waded in the shallow water.
We found a few jellyfish washed up on the shore, so we watched where stepped. There are a few porta-potties sprinkled throughout the community and beach, the one we used was ok as porta-potties go, but my kids wouldn't use it, so our visit was cut short.
Holly Beach was ok as beaches go, but the only things that made it better than the smaller local beaches in Lake Charles was that it was on the ocean and there weren't lots of broken shells in the sand. While it was nice and we had a good time, I'm not sure we'll make the trek again - unless it's to show people visiting us the Gulf Coast.