Grab your tent and your swimsuit.
When it comes to making weekend travel plans for the summer, you have a lot of options. Perhaps you want to sit in the sun with a beach chair, sunscreen, and a good book and just take in the surf. Or, perhaps you’d like to get your fill of the great outdoors and pitch a tent in the wilderness while the weather is still sunny.
Or, perhaps you can do both?
Campgrounds aren’t limited to a particular landscape. While quintessential camping in the mountains is certainly fun and rewarding, it can also be a fulfilling and unique experience to light your campfire right by the ocean.
Luckily, there are several picturesque beaches across the U.S. where you can set up camp. The gorgeous vistas of Hawaii are obviously a popular place for campers to trek during the summer months, but you can also find excellent ocean-side campgrounds from sea to shining sea on the mainland.
The west coast, from California to Washington State, is a treasure trove of campground gems that give you excellent access to the Pacific Ocean. Back east, states along the eastern seaboard like Maryland, North and South Carolina, Florida, and Massachusetts have dozens of grounds that cater to campers of all experience levels.
And the best part about all of these places is that not only can you enjoy s’mores by the fire at night, you can also soak in the summer sun by day. All of the campgrounds listed below allow people to get close to the water or even camp right by the surf. Some even have grounds that allow RVs and campers.
Take a look at some of these incredible beaches with accessible campgrounds for people who want their beach day to never end.
Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park: Kauai, Hawaii
This state park has two major campgrounds: Hanakoa Campground and Miloli’i Campground. Visitors can get excellent beach camping in at Miloli’i, which is only accessible by boat and requires a rate of $20 per person per night. Visitors must also acquire a camping permit, which can be applied for online.
Wai’anapanapa State Park: Maui, Hawaii
Black sand beaches, tide pools, freshwater caves, and a natural stone arch are enough to attract any tourist. Not only is this state park breathtakingly beautiful, it also has some of the best beach camping around. Visitors must acquire a permit and make a reservation, with rates between $12 and $18 per night. You can also rent a camper van for $18 per night (for non-residents), and cabins are available for $90 per cabin per night. To make a reservation, visit the park’s website..
Homer Spit Campground: Homer, Alaska
You can’t find more picturesque views of mountains and ocean than in Homer. Located along Kachemak Bay, this campground is large enough for over 100 RVs and at least 25 tents. Even though it’s Alaska, you won’t be roughing it either. The campground is very close to restaurants, shops, and bars as well. Beachfront campsite rates begin at $35, but there are far more sites to explore if you don’t want to be right on the water. More information on making a reservation can be found on the Homer Spit Campground website.
Wright’s Beach, Sonoma Coast State Park: Sonoma County, California
There are tons of Instagram-worthy sites along this coastal beach park, located on Highway 1. Wright’s Beach hosts 27 campsites and even allows dogs as long as they stay on leash. Rates can range between $35 and $45 per night. Reservations can be made 48 hours to seven months in advance. More information can be found on the California Department of Parks and Recreation website.
Kalaloch Campground, Olympic National Park: Washington
By far the most popular beach campground in Washington state, it’s easy to see why. The rocky terrain is certainly different from your typical beach experience, and it’s home to several types of wildlife including gulls, whales, and even bald eagles. Rates can vary between $14 and $30 per night. More information on making a reservation can be found on the National Park Service website.
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