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The Best Summer Camping Destinations by the Beach


Looking to get in touch with nature this summer? There’s nothing quite like opening up the doors of your RV to picturesque views of sparkling waves and sandy beaches. From feeling the salty sea breeze on your face to listening to the waves lap up against the shores, these beaches along the East Coast have precisely what you’re looking for when it comes to summer camping.

Assateague State Park, Maryland

Assateague State Park is a favorite for families thanks to the park’s residents: wild horses. Located on a barrier island, you’ll find sandy dunes and wild horses that roam freely across the island, grazing, playing, and swimming. As these are wild animals, you shouldn’t try to feed or approach them, but they are used to having their picture taken.

You can camp your RV here to spend peaceful days by the sea, enjoying the wilds that Assateague offers. There aren’t any hookups, and the campground is pretty basic, but you can park just steps away from the shores of the Atlantic. One thing to note is that firewood must be bought locally and can’t be brought from out of state.

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Anastasia State Park, Florida

In a state with endless beaches, Anastasia State Park is a must for those looking for a peaceful secluded spot to set up camp. Here you’ll find 139 campsites along four miles of white, sandy coastline with electricity and family-friendly amenities.

Many of those who visit Anastasia State Park for beach camping opt to try many of the available water sports. You can rent equipment for canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. This park also has great spots for fishing and shelling. If you want to explore the park, there are nice trails for hiking and biking. 

Jekyll Island Campground, Georgia

Jekyll Island is unique in that it has 18 wooded acres and a beautiful coastline that’s perfect for beach camping. There are 179 campsites with 167 spots with full hookups for summer camping with an RV. The wooded campground is great for hiking and biking, as the large trees and Spanish moss provide shade and respite from the heat.

As it’s an island, Jekyll has several beaches to explore. The most famous is Driftwood Beach which is littered with old trees that have been exposed to years of erosion. Both kids and adults love to climb and explore here, as it’s unlike any other beach around.

Hither Hills State Park, New York

Hither Hills State Park is one of the top summer camping destinations for city dwellers looking to get away. Located in Montauk, just a few hours outside of New York City, Hither Hills has a 190-site campground for dry camping (no hookups). Many sites are right on the ocean, and the others are easily walkable.

Hither Hills has a lot to offer: massive sand dunes, woodlands, and long stretches of sandy beaches. The morning views of the sea will have you looking forward to waking up each day. Montauk, which isn’t too far from the Hamptons, also has diverse family activities, like dining, shopping, and even some art galleries. 

Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina

Huntington Beach State Park is a great alternative for beach camping since it has all the beauty of bigger spots, like Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, but with half the crowds. The shaded campground is just steps away from the waterfront, a popular spot for fishing, swimming, and water sports.

One of the top attractions here is the Atalaya Castle, an architectural gem steeped in local history and lore. The former winter home of the Huntington family, this grand home is a beautiful blend of southern and Spanish architecture.

Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware

Cape Henlopen State Park is a spot to park your RV for at least a few days since there’s so much to see and do here. This park has 7,000 acres of forests, coastal beaches, and marshlands that you can explore on foot, bike, or even horseback. The diversity in terrain means that you’ll see tons of wildlife, from dolphins to seabirds to marine critters. Cape Henlopen has several beaches, some of which are dedicated to specific activities, like surfing or fishing.

It’s great for RV summer camping since there are electrical hookups, fire rings, picnic tables, and other amenities. The campground is quite large, so while there will be many people in the main areas, you can easily avoid the crowds.

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Within the famous Outer Banks, Cape Hatteras has 70 miles of seashore spread across several barrier islands. While you can’t camp directly on the beach, there are four campgrounds to choose from with hookups at select sites. All of the campgrounds are within walking distance of the beach.

Campers can explore the sand dunes and marshlands and enjoy the natural wildlife. Keep your eyes open, and you’ll spot sea birds, sea turtles, and seals. Another top attraction is a climb up the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which the whole family can enjoy.

Rent an RV for Summer Camping

If these summer camping destinations sound like your kind of vacation, all that’s left to do is rent an RV and go! Travelcamp RV has travel trailers for both the experienced camper and the first-timer in different sizes so that you can plan your ideal beach camping getaway. Renting gives you the flexibility to try out an RV without the commitment of buying.

What’s more, Travelcamp RV will even deliver the RV to your destination and pick it up when your vacation is over. Need help setting up your travel trailer and breaking it down? Travelcamp RV has you covered there, too. Discover all the ways that Travelcamp RV can help you plan your perfect summer camping vacation.