You’re ready for a beach vacation, but shucks! You don’t have any dough saved up for an exotic tropical getaway.
Don’t worry! You don’t have to look any further than the good old U.S.A. for beautiful beaches that will let you camp out right there by the waves. Grab your sleeping bag and sunscreen, it’s time to hit the beach!
Patrick’s Point State Park, California
Patrick’s Point State Park is a jewel of the California State Park system. With its lush forests, wide sandy beaches and peaceful meadows, this park has something beautiful around every corner. Agate Beach alone is reason enough to visit Patrick’s Point. The gorgeous beach stretches 2 miles north to Humboldt Lagoons. Beachcombers come here to search for agate, jade, jaspar, and other semi-precious stones. There’s lots of driftwood to discover as well. The ocean here is cold and treacherous, however, so swimming and even wading can be hazardous.
Patrick’s Point offers some of the best camping in Northern California. There are 3 family campgrounds with a total of 124 campsites and 2 group campgrounds. Facilities include picnic tables, fire pits, water faucets, restrooms, and coin-operated showers. Reservations are recommended.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina’s Outer Banks
Ocracoke Island is accessible only by air or water, so visitors must either use the state-run ferry system or charter a private boat or plane to get there. It’s a great destination for those who want to get away from highways and traffic and just enjoy a lazy, laid-back vacation.
The beautiful beaches of Ocracoke Island are managed by the National Park Service as part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and are natural and pristine. The island offers camping facilities at two village campgrounds and one near the ocean run by the National Park Service, which has one of the best views of the Atlantic.
Assateague Island, Maryland
Assateague Island has over 37 miles of beautiful, unspoiled beaches. With a wide variety of recreational activities on offer, such as crabbing, bird watching, fishing, hunting, biking, sightseeing cruises, kayak tours and more, it’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. You can enjoy swimming in the picturesque waves along the Atlantic coastline or search for seashells as you walk the pristine white sands.
While camping is not allowed on the Virginia side of the island, the Maryland side of the island has over 300 campsites. Camping facilities include chemical toilets, cold water showers, and drinking water. Back-country camping permits are also available for campers who wish to backpack or paddle the island.
What are you waiting for? Get out there, kick your shoes off, and enjoy the sand!