The Closest Beaches To Nashville

Although there are plenty of lakes close to Nashville where you can enjoy getting out on the water, there’s nothing quite like digging your toes in the sand and listening to the waves crash along the ocean shore. Fortunately, there are a number of great beaches just a day’s drive away that you can explore. Here is a round-up of some of the closest beaches to Nashville.


Destin, FL

7 hour drive from Nashville

As one of the shortest drives away, Destin is a favored location for a beach getaway among the Nashville crowd. Popular attractions include the scenic 30A strip, the shops and restaurants at the Village of Baytowne Wharf (they even have free live music, as well as fun celebrations on holidays), go carts and other amusements at The Track, and shopping at the Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Of course, a trip to Destin wouldn’t be complete without a stop at The Donut Hole.

The Closest Beaches To Nashville











Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL

7 hour drive from Nashville

Another short drive away are the beaches of Gulf Shores/Orange Beach. Take the family out for a day at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, enjoy a hike on the back country trails, or get your adrenaline pumping at the zipline and aerial adventure park. Of course, if you prefer to just relax, there are plenty of beaches to park a chair and enjoy the scenery.


Tybee Island, GA

8 hour drive from Nashville

Tybee Island is a great destination for those that want to explore. Highlights include the Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum, as well as the Marine Science Center. If you want focus on spending time out on the water, there are plenty of beaches to choose from as well as a host of watersports and activities including waterskiing, jetskiing, and more.

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Hilton Head, SC

8 hour drive from Nashville

Hilton Head is another popular location for a beach retreat. Their beautiful beaches provide a perfect escape from the city, but they also have plenty of options to entertain. Whether it’s a fun night out on the town at the Comedy and Magic Club, a peaceful kayak ride on the water, or an afternoon spent on the bike trails, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Hilton Head.


Myrtle Beach, SC

9 hour drive from Nashville

Another great option for a beach retreat is Myrtle Beach. This location has lots to offer visitors, so you can set the pace for your vacation. Some optional activities include cheering on the Pelicans at a baseball game at TicketReturn.com Field, a ride on the gigantic SkyWheel ferris wheel, a tour of the New South Brewing micro brewery, or a night out at one of the local dinner theaters.

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