Sometimes, all you really need for the perfect summer vacation is a little sun, some sand, and a pup tent. Few getaways rival a relaxing beach camping escape: roaring bonfires, gorgeous ocean sunrises (or sunsets), and the soothing sound of waves crashing on the beach while you sleep -all while spending your days chilling in the sun or playing in/on the water. You see what we’re saying, right?
The only problem is that so few beaches around the country actually allow camping. So, we decided to track down the ones that do. Here are the 5 Best Beach Camping Sites in the US!
Twilight fans: I bet you remember the word “La Push” and why the Cullens avoid the sun. It’s the sun of course, not the beach itself. But, we are not vampires. Walk, start a bonfire, and retell the story about the treaty between the Quileute tribe and the Cullen family.
Moving forward, the most popular camping site here is at Kalaloch Campground, Olympic National Park. Lose yourself in the wild beauty of the Olympic Peninsula at this 175-site outpost perched on a bluff high above the Pacific. Bald eagles and seagulls fly overhead, whales occasionally spout offshore, and emerald-green sea urchins populate the rocky pools revealed at low tide.
In stark contrast to the neighboring spring break mecca, this oasis on the Gulf of Mexico offers 48 campsites amidst the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world. Five species of sea turtle nest on its white-sand beaches, giving campers the chance to see hatchlings swim out to sea each summer.
Dear John… Yes. If you recall where Savannah and John first met: it’s in North Carolina. The surfer guy protagonist happens to be a Special Forces Army Sergeant who is on a two-week leave from Germany and the random girl is a college student at the University of North Carolina. The place for the setting of their movie and the two-week lovestory majorly happened in Wilmington, North Carolina.
North Carolina is one of the 5 Best Beach Camping Sites in the US. Let’s talk about Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras National Seashore in NC. This windswept barrier island in the Outer Banks features 13 miles of scenic shoreline and the state’s oldest operating lighthouse. Dunes protect a 136-site campground, sandwiched between the Atlantic and placid Pamlico Sound.
This is not related to any movie or any best-selling book. We know Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey, but she’s not connected to this camping site in the state of Florida. Four miles of wide, undeveloped shoreline just minutes from downtown St. Augustine offer a glimpse of Florida much as it appeared to the first Spanish explorers 450 years ago. Stroll from the 139-site campground to the dunes at sunset for a 360-degree panorama of sand and sea—with a 19th-century lighthouse in the foreground.
I always want to visit Massachusetts, especially Cape Cod. If you recall, we already wrote an article about “Things to Do in Cape Cod, MA”. Moving forward, several camping sites are found here given it’s location. Fragrant wild roses bloom on the fringes of this two-mile beach flanking Buzzards Bay, on the mainland west of Martha’s Vineyard. Campers and windsurfers flock to its 100 campsites for reliable ocean breezes and pounding surf, as do migratory shorebirds for the diverse coastal habitats found here.
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