February 16, 2018

15 Great Places to Camp On The Beach in the U.S.A.

And with spring almost here it feels like summer camping trips are just around the corner, so we've put together a great list of 15 places you can camp on the beach in the U.S.A.

I've always wanted to camp on a beach. And I know there's going to be sand everywhere, but I'll get to hear the waves crashing as I fall asleep.

And as some of these sites have cabin, and I can certainly rent an R.V., I may end up honeymoon glamping at one of these sites in the next few years.

Before you head out, make sure you're prepared. Be aware of where it's safe to camp when it comes to tides & waves. Do your research, check out the website of the campground, & speak to the rangers. Never go out in the water alone, know the tides, & if there's no lifeguard  bring a flotation device with you. And follow the rules of the site you're on.
And finally, make sure you bring everything you need because you don't want to have to pick it up at the last moment, & you don't know that you'll be able to.

Keep reading to see all of the awesome camp sites we've found with photographs, and all of the stuff you're going to need to beach camp in comfort.

The Gear You Need
These items are what yo need to make your beach camping trip the most comfortable, and glamorous, vacation ever.

Lightspeed Laguna UPF 50+ Easy Up Canopy Sun Shelter | $59.99

Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Dome Tent w/Screen Room | $120.35

K.M. Fox Beach Sand Proof Beach Blanket, 7'x9' | $21.15

Pacific Breeze Beach Lounger - 2 Pack | $74.99

Kelty Low Camping Loveseat | $99.99

Innostage Wooden Portable/Foldable Wine & Snack Table | $25.95

Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Beach Chairs, 2-Pack | $96.98

And of course you're going to make sure you bring sunscreen!

Those are the things that are going to make your trip comfortable, & staying at one of the following state or national parks will make it amazing.

Jalama Beach County Park, California

Jalama Beach is less than an hour from Santa Barbara, & has amazing campsites - some of which are located directly on the beach. The on-site store has everything you might need, & there's also the Jalama Beach Grill to head to when you get hungry.

Point Mugu State Park, California

Point Mugu features five miles of shoreline, rocky bluffs, beautiful beaches, two major river canyons, & over 70 miles of hiking trails. You'll want to stay at the primitive Thornhill camp sites right on the sand.

Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

The Spanish meaning of Bahai Honda Island, is "deep bay," making this island State Park a paradise for fishers, boaters, & nature lovers. There are over 80 tents & cabins, white sand beaches, & you can rent canoes, kayaks, & snorkeling equipment right at the park.

Biscayne National Park, Florida

Biscayne National Park is an ideal place to snorkel or scuba dive, as 95% of the park is underwater. There's also a 7 mile trail to hike on Elliot Key. You may want to avoid the Boca Chita island campgrounds, as they've been known to be noisy at times.

Long Key State Park, Florida

Spend the night at the Long Key State Park's full service ocean-front campground, overlooking the aqua blue waters of the Keys. It's a great place for fishing, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming. There are picnic tables with grills along the shoreline, & a boardwalk through the mangroves. You can rent canoes & kayaks at the park.

Grand Isle State Park, Louisiana

Just two hours South of New Orleans, Grand Isle State Park is a beach ridge created by the action of the waves of the Gulf. The warm waters make it a perfect place for swimming, crabbing, fishing, & boating.

The park offers 49 RV sites with full hook ups, & 14 tent only beach campsites.

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

This protected seashore on Assateague Island stretches from Maryland into Virgina, & camping is permitted on the Maryland side. The ocean side campsites are large, sandy, & just a short trip on the boardwalk to the beach/.The local famous wild ponies may wander through your campsite, & the beach is a great place to collect shells.

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachsetts

The only way to camp here is in a "self-contained vehicle" right on the beach, & it's open to 100 vehicles per night.

The great Outer Beach is protected within the national seashore, and offers 40 miles of pristine beaches, ponds, marshes, wild cranberry bogs, biking trails, & swimming areas.

Located in the town of Barnstable, Sand Neck Beach Park offers direct beach camping at primitive sites, & many beautiful hiking trails through 4,700 acres of marshland and maritime forest.

Camping here is going to take a bit of hard work. You're going to need to rent a boat, & carry in/out everything that you need, but you'll be heavily rewarded by pristine, untouched beaches. 

Hammocks Beach State Park, North Carolina

This 3 mile long undeveloped barrier island is accessible only by private boat or the park provided ferry, & all of the sites are primitive. Water & other facilities are available from April to September.

Camp light as you have to bring everything with you there & back, and you're also going to have to walk a bit on the island to get to the facilities from your campsite.

Flamenco Beach, Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico

Isla Culebra is located between the Puerto Rico mainland and St. Thomas, and is well known for having one o the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean, making it one of the best spots for snorkelers & scuba divers.

The camp sites at Flamenco Beach are all primitive, located right next to the beach, & shaded by palm trees. And you'll have to bring a shower privacy tent with you as the showers are outdoors.

Hurricane Maria has left Puerto Rico's infrastructure damaged, & the area needs a little help to once again become the tropical paradise it was. You can donate to United Puerto Rico, a campaign spearheaded by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, by Clicking Here

Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina

Hunting Island State Park is five miles of pristine beaches, thousands of acres of marshes, a saltwater lagoon, & a maritime forest. There are 100 camp sites to choose from with full hook ups.

The lighthouse is publicly accessible, giving visitors a chance to take beautiful photo's of the Atlantic Coast from 130 feet above the ground, and it's a great place to fish plus one of the only places I've ever heard of that rents rods & reels on-site.

Padre Island National Seashore, Texas

The sites at Padre Island National Seashore contain the world's largest undeveloped stretch of barrier island, & offer both primitive tent & RV campsites directly on the beach on a first-come, first-serve basis, & it's ideal for wind surfing at Laguna Madre, a protected hypersaline lagoon.

This campground is located on a bluff right off the beach, amid a coastal forest, & at low-tide giant tidal pools reveal sea urchins, mollusks, & crabs. And it's also a great place to spot whales, dolphins, & sea otters.

Photo Credit, Top to Bottom & Left to Right: Jalema Beach Campground via Outdoor Project, Camping & Hiking in Malibu via Mr. & Mrs Adventure, Bahia Honda Camping via Visit Florida, Biscayne National Park via The National Park Service, Long Key State Park via Yelp, Grand Isle State Park via Trip Advisor, Enjoying Maryland's Wild Ponies & Ocean Sunrises, Camping on Assateague Island via Canoe 52, Cape Cod National Seashore via Shutterstock, Deer Island Camping ThePhat_Man via Reddit, Hammocks Beach State Park via The Dyrt, Camp at Flamenco Beach via The Outbound Collective, Hunting Island State Park via Camping Photos, Back From Beach Camping via Justin J. Wright, Kalaloch Campground via AllTrips Olympic National Park,

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