Best Beach Camping Spots in America
Spring is finally upon us and summer camping trips are just around the corner, but many of America's best sites require campers to book months in advance. Consider parking your RV by the beach instead.
Here's a list of some of the best beach camping spots America has to offer:
1. OCRACOKE ISLAND, OUTER BANKS, NORTH CAROLINA
Located at the southernmost tip of North Carolina's Outer Banks, Ocracoke Island rests twenty-three miles from the American mainland. Accessible only by private boat or plane, or the state-run ferry, this small barrier island is sixteen miles long and half a mile wide with 1,200 permanent residents living on the island. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there is also a lighthouse there that's stood sentry over the island since 1823.
The best campgrounds are the Beach Comber Campground and the Ocracoke National Park Service Campground on Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which has one of the best views on the Atlantic.
2. ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS, FLORIDA
Seated between the Everglades National Park and the deep blue waters of the Florida Strait, Islamorada is made up of six small keys. Renowned for its "glamping," the island's Point of View Key Largo RV Resort features an infinity-edge pool overlooking 1000 feet of shoreline, 110 full hook-up sites, a 20-slip marina, a boardwalk, and three docks. While on Islamorada, one can also visit the History of Diving Museum, see a sea lion or dolphin show at the Theater of the Sea, and visit the BJ Royster Ocean Gallery to see and purchase local art.
3. PATRICK’S POINT STATE PARK, CALIFORNIA
Resting on a bluff in Northern Calif., overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Patrick's Point is one square mile of lush forest. Patrick's Point also has 640 acres of day-use areas, in which visitors can take bike rides in the park and see breathtaking views of Northern Cali's pines, hemlocks, and redwoods along the Pacific. Camping reservations at Patrick's Point are recommended up to seven months in advance.
4. WAI’ANAPANAPA STATE PARK MAUI, HAWAII
At the Maui state park, there are top-notch camping facilities where campers can see a black-sand beach, a seabird colony, and small pools that form in limestone and volcanic rock where tiny ecosystems form. Unique to Wai'anapanapa is that visitors can view native Hala-tree forests, a legendary cave, natural stone arches, and an ancient religious temple.
5. ISLA CULEBRA, PUERTO RICO
Campers can enjoy hiking, kayaking and fishing. The island also has one of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean, making it a great spot for snorkelers and scuba divers. Isla Culebra has a handful of seaside restaurants, some serving up local Puerto Rican fare.
6. ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, MARYLAND
With 37 miles of beach, Assateague Island is known for being majestic with its bald eagle sightings and wild ponies that roam the long stretches of beach. The Maryland side of the island has over 300 campsites (note: camping on the Virginia side is not allowed). Assateague also houses the new Assateague Nature Center which gives visitors the best access to the park's resources.
7. BLACK SAND BEACH, ALASKA
Black Sand Beach, located in Prince William Sound, is only reachable by sea-kayaking through scenic, icy waters. RV parks and campgrounds at Black Sand Beach include the Valdez Glacier Campground, Eagle's Rest RV Park and Shotgun Cove.