The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Greater Cleveland Like Never Before
We are treated to stunning lakefront views here on Cleveland’s coast. This can make days in the warmer months particularly memorable, as there’s nothing quite like fun in the sun right on the water. However, Cleveland’s own beaches can become crowded on particularly balmy days. Fortunately, the area abounds with lesser-known swimming beaches, both on Lake Erie’s shore and further inland… and they’re some of the best beaches in Cleveland! Pack some sunscreen and a few beach towels, because this adventure through some of the best swimming beaches near Cleveland just may become your favorite summertime trip.
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Summertime is magical in and around Cleveland, and there’s truly nothing quite like a swim just before sunset. Which of these Cleveland beaches is your favorite?
With a nickname like Forest City, Cleveland is not exactly known for its beaches. Even saying Cleveland beaches feels wrong to the uninformed citizen – but there are many incredible beaches throughout Greater Cleveland and the entire state. Edgewater Beach in Ohio (not to be confused with the Florida beach of the same name) is renowned for its beauty and proximity to Downtown Cleveland, and other lakefront properties in the Cleveland Metroparks offer endless beauty and charm. There are many charming beaches in Greater Cleveland that are not located on Lake Erie, as well, and they’re perfect for quiet outings with the family.
What are the best beach towns in Ohio?
Some of the finest beach towns in the state can be found not too far from Cleveland! Vermilion is a charming community that hosts what may be the best sandy beach in Ohio, and Huron is full of beauty and good times. If you’re longing for more of an island-style culture, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Lake Erie Islands! South Bass Island is downright enchanting in terms of culture, and it’s a hot spot on our favorite lighthouse road trip.
What beaches have the clearest water in Ohio?
Looking for the beach with the clearest water in Cleveland? Believe it or not, there’s a beach right in Cleveland that’s Blue Wave Certified by the Clean Beaches Council! Huntington Beach, the landscape that boasts this honorable certification, is a great stop in the Cleveland Metroparks, and it’s just one of many local sites that visitors and residents alike adore. If you’re on a mission to find your new favorite Cleveland beach, it’s never a bad idea to ask area residents about their favorite beaches – Clevelanders love fun in the sun and are a wealth of information on hotspots and little known attractions.
Nikki is a lifelong Ohioan with a love for literature. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Akron and has enjoyed publishing her written work since 2007. She has a love of travel and does so frequently, though she believes that home is where the heart is - she continues to work in and around Cleveland as a digital content specialist to this day, working on everything from commercial scripts and social media posts to grassroots marketing initiatives.
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