The enigmatic figure known as Donn Beach was born as Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt in 1907 in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a young man, he developed a passion for travel, adventure, and the exotic. In the 1920s, Gantt embarked on a globetrotting journey, visiting various tropical destinations and immersing himself in their cultures. It was during this period that he adopted the moniker “Donn Beach” as a nod to his beachcombing lifestyle and his love for the sea.