21 Beautiful Beach Campsites

Swap your sleeping pad for the sand.

By: Brian Heifferon
August 12, 2015

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What’s better than packing up the car and heading to the beach for the day? How about trading in your sleeping pad for the sand, falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing, and eating your breakfast looking out over the ocean. You can do just that at one of these 21 beautiful beach camping spots. So take a look at our list, pack up your camping gear and swimsuit, and head out for a seaside camping trip before summer’s end.



1. Assateague Island

Maryland | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Spenser Reid

2. The Napali Coast

Hawai’i | Backpacking | Learn more.

Photo: Ryan T Foley

3. Olympic National Park - Second Beach

Washington | Backpack/Walk-in | Learn more.

Photo: Michael Matti

4. Sand Dollar Beach

California | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Chris Burkard

5. Mustang Island

Texas | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Korey Taylor

6. Gold Bluff Beach

California | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Juan Moreno

7. Polihale Beach

Hawai’i | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Karyna Wilkerson

8. Olympic National Park - First Beach

Washington | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Ian Tyley

9. The Lost Coast

California | Backpacking | Learn more.

Photo: Whitney Whitehouse

10. Hammocks Beach State Park

North Carolina | Kayak Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Nathan Eckman

11. Orcas Island

Washington | Backpacking/Walk-in | Learn more.

Photo: Aaron White

12. Francis Beach

California | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Austin Brizgys

13. Jones Island

Washington | Kayak Camp | Learn more.

Photo: Michael Gabbert

14. Wildcat Campground

California | Backpacking | Learn more.

Photo: Derrick Story

15. Salt Creek

Washington | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Maddie Davenport

16. Catalina Island

California | Backpacking | Learn more.

Photo: Drew Robinson

17. Olympic Coast

Washington | Backpacking | Learn more.

Photo: Angela Anderson

18. Cape Lookout

Oregon | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Dan Moe

19. Rialto Beach

Washington | Backpacking | Learn more.

Photo: Greg Balkin

20. Cumberland Island

Georgia | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: Collin Entstad

21. Limekiln State Park

California | Car Camping | Learn more.

Photo: George Miller


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