Ahoy, pirates! Pack your tents and your swimsuits, because here are the best beaches around the U.S. that allow camping and campfires. ⛺️
Less than an hour north of Boston is Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Pitch your tent behind the sand dunes, and take a dip in the Atlantic (but be prepared, ocean temperatures in New England are not for the faint of heart). If you want to explore, head north along Route 1A for miles of beaches or head inland to New Hampshire for some amazing hiking trails.
If you enjoy camping AND boating, take a trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore. Part of the park can be reached by car, but otherwise the only way to get there is by ferry. Enjoy the beach, explore by kayak or canoe, and climb to the top of the lighthouse! Click here for everything you need to know about camping on the beach in North Carolina.
There are many beaches and campsites located along the Overseas Highway that runs to Key West, and are perfect for year-round camping. Try Bahia Honda State Park, considered one of the prettiest and most popular beaches in Florida. There are spots for tent camping, but also a few cabins if you want to try glamping!
If you're going to Texas, you have to go to Padre Island National Seashore. The park has a ridiculous 70 miles of coastline, so you'll never run out of things to explore. Go kayaking, watch some sea turtles hatching, or just chill on the beach.
Just outside of Santa Barbara is Jalama Beach County Park, a beautiful beach park that has tent and RV sites as well as some oceanfront cabins and yurts. Bring your surfboard or your fishing pole for some outdoorsy fun! We've also heard that phone service is hard to find, so go and unplug!
If you're heading to the Aloha State, head to Oahu to camp out at the Malaekahana Beach Campground. The camp provides everything you'd need for a perfect camping experience, including tent sites, campfire rings, stand-up paddleboard rentals, and an on-site food truck! Make sure you try the Spam Dog while you're there.