The closest ocean beach to Nashville is Pensacola Beach in Pensacola, Fla. The driving distance is approximately 440 miles, an estimated six and a half hours in moderate traffic.
Several other Gulf Coast beaches are not much farther away than Pensacola. Destin's beach is only a slightly longer drive at about 453 miles away. Panama City Beach is just beyond that, at a distance of 459 miles. Gulf Shores, Ala., is about 467 miles from Nashville. If you want a beach on the Atlantic coast, the closest one would be in Savannah, Ga., at a driving distance of about 496 miles.