Thinking about planning a camping trip this summer? There are few better places to pitch your tent or park your trailer than a spot with breathtaking ocean views. Here is a look at eight of the best places in the U.S. where you can do just that.
Hobuck Beach Resort: Neah Bay, Washington
On the far northwestern tip of the U.S. in Neah Bay, Washington, Hobuck Beach Resort offers tent and RV spaces as well as cabins with direct access to a beautiful shell-lined beach. Most have views of the magnificent Pacific as well as frequent sightings of bald eagles, a wide variety of other birds and wildlife that are drawn to the area. The beach is also popular with kayakers and surfers.
Beachside State Recreation Area: Waldport, Oregon
Beachside is one of the few campgrounds along the Oregon coast where you can camp right on the beach, but make your reservations early as ocean-view sites fill quickly. This small park has more than 40 tent sites and 30 electrical sites with water, and is located between Waldport and Yachats — an especially stunning stretch of sandy beach that’s popular for kite flying and whale watching.
MacKerricher State Park: Fort Bragg, California
MacKerricher State Park sits along the spectacular Mendocino coast in Northern California, near the town of Fort Bragg. Here you’ll have access to a beach lined with tide pools that are typically filled with all sorts of fascinating creatures like sea anemones, hermit crabs, and starfish. Sea lions are almost always spotted sunning themselves on the rocks, while whales can sometimes be glimpsed in the distance. The campground offers over 100 standard sites and tent-only sites, as well as showers and restrooms.
Kirk Creek Campground: Big Sur, California
Farther south along California’s Central Coast at Kirk Creek Campground near Big Sur, every site offers an incredible ocean view as it sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific. A short walk will bring you down to the beach known as a popular spot for jade hunting. Sites for tents and RV camping are available, however, there are no utility hookups.
Jalama Beach County Park: Lompoc, California
Less than an hour north of Santa Barbara, Jalama Beach County Park offers campsites directly on the beach, although you’ll need to get here early as all 98 sites are first-come, first-served. A few of the popular activities here include surfing and surf fishing, whale watching, and bird watching.
Galveston Island State Park
Galveston Island just off the Texas Gulf Coast is only 45 minutes southeast of Houston, connected via the Galveston Causeway. The historic beach town offers 32 miles of beautiful stretches of sand, with camping available at Galveston Island State Park. Here you’ll find 36 sites that face the Gulf beach, suitable for RVs as well as tents. Water sports like surfing, sailing, and fishing are all popular here.
Bahia Honda State Park: Big Pine Key, Florida
Dreaming of a Caribbean vacation but don’t have the time or finances to get there? The Florida Keys are the next best thing, where you can snorkel with tropical fish, swim with dolphins, and enjoy a margarita on the sand while watching a gorgeous sunset. Bahia Honda State Park on Big Pine Key offers traditional camping with sites that can accommodate everything from tents to RVs, as well as more luxurious “camping” in cabins set on stilts that overlook the water.
Assateague Island National Seashore: Berlin, Maryland
Beach camping is also available on Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland. This barrier island off the Maryland and Virginia coast is filled with sandy beaches, forests, coastal bays, salt marshes, and is even home to a community of wild horses. Camping is available only on the Maryland side of the island for tents, trailers, and RVs.
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