Many of us put off vacations last year because of Coronavirus, but now we are ready to get back to the beach. You will still find some restrictions, but for the most part, things are wide open in Alabama and Florida.

I do a beach trip at least once a year. Often I will go again in the fall because it is so relaxing. I do have my favorite spots.

We did a little research and talked to several Shreveport Bossier families who make the trip to the beach every year and put together a list of the best beaches within driving distance of the local area.

Top 10 Beaches for Shreveport Bossier Residents

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.