Just because Ohio isn’t nestled against ocean waters doesn’t mean you can’t experience your own little slice of paradise here. From under-the-radar
water parks to waterfront restaurants, there are little Caribbean paradises hiding all over Ohio—you just have to do some searching. The following list just might lead you to your new favorite summer escape or little-known beach. Take a look:
1. The Watering Hole (Port Clinton)
In addition to all the usual water park amenities, you'll find a swim up tiki bar, private cabanas and even a small zoo here. The Watering Hole is located at 1530 S Danbury Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452.
2. Huntington Beach (Bay Village)
This delightful beach is tucked away on the shores of Lake Erie, near the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. During the summer months, it comes alive with locals seeking a little slice of paradise. You'll find it at 28649 Lake Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140.
3. Pirate's Cove Tropical Bar and Grill (Cincinnati)
Near the Ohio River within Four Seasons Marina, Pirate's Cove Tropical Bar and Grill is southern Ohio's own little slice of paradise, waiting for you. With tropical decor, delicious food, live music and even a pirate or two wandering around, this unique restaurant is fun for the whole family. It's located at 4609 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226.
"A Great Lake Place," the town of Huron is a gorgeous lakeside town in Erie County that's picture perfect for a beach day. With several parks, boating culture and public beaches, there's plenty of outdoor recreation here. (While you're in Huron, you'll definitely want to visit Nickel Plate Beach, which you'll find on Nickel Plate Drive, just off of Tiffin Avenue.)
5. Baylor Beach Park (Navarre)
Unless you're a local, you've likely never heard of Baylor Beach Park, which features a 2-acre manmade swimming lake with sandy beaches. It's picture perfect for a family day of fun in the sun, as there are activities for all ages here. You'll find it at 8777 Manchester Ave. SW, Navarre, OH 44662.
6. Dock’s Beach House (Port Clinton)
Open for the spring and summer months, Dock's Beach House is a tropical retreat rain or shine, no matter the temperature. This popular lakeside eatery features a casual tiki bar, delicious pub grub, live entertainment, indoor and outdoor dining and the beautiful shores of Lake Erie. You'll find it at 252 W Lakeshore Dr., Port Clinton, OH 43452.
7. Coney Island (Cincinnati)
This little known amusement park is also home to a little known water park in Cincinnati. Here you'll find multiple water slides and the famous "Sunlite Pool," which is the largest flat-surface swimming pool in North America. It is located at 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230
When you want to really get away from it all for a day and see a side of Ohio you may not have ever seen before, consider visiting the Lake Erie Islands. It’s a lot easier than you think—and you can do it in just a day. Take a ferry to South Bass Island, where you'll find Put-In-Bay. No matter your interests, you'll find something to do in this one-of-a-kind town.