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Beach Camping the Atlantic Coast: What to Know, Where to Go

Going to the beach with some friends, enjoying the water and sun all day, and camping out at night... there’s nothing quite like it.

But beach camping is a little different than camping in the woods. In fact, it may even change what gear you bring along. From the sand to the humidity, you need gear suited to deal with the different elements.

For instance, bringing a Parasheet Beach Blanket is a great call. The sand pockets at each corner keep your blanket grounded, so when the winds rage your blanket doesn't fly all over the place while you’re chillin’ with your friends.

The Atlantic Coast is littered with great spots to camp on the beach. Here are some of our favorites that are definitely worth checking out this summer.

1. Anastasia State Park, FL

Palm trees and scrub provide a lot of shade and privacy and this Florida campground. Take an SUP board and a fishing rod out on the Intercoastal Waterway for a fun day out on the water.

We've been to this campground several times and love it each stay. Planning to go back in several months when the weather cools down. The best parts of the campground include clean sites, nice trails to the ocean and also an inlet for kayaking, canoeing, etc. We've also heard that this is a great place to stay while attending a concert / show at the St Augustine Amphitheater. - The Dyrt camper Chad P. 

2. Fort McAllister State Park, GA

Come for the camping, stay for the incredible sights.

Image from The Dyrt camper Fain H.

The city of Savannah is gorgeous and Tybee Island is close by for a fun little day visit as well.

Beautiful park! Great service! Close to Savannah shopping, Tybee Island, or never leave the park, enjoy the scenery, playgrounds and nature itself! -The Dyrt camper Bonnie K. 

3. Edisto Beach State Park, SC

Palm trees, beach, and waves: some of the best things about South Carolina wrapped into one space.

This campground has camping along the marshes and the beach, each one is equally impressive as the other. Bring you bike to ride and see all the sights that this campground has to offer.

...You can explore the whole island with ease with one and the park also has excellent bike friendly trails. Over the years Edisto has become our favorite beach destination on the east coast. It has a local, non-commercial feel where most of the businesses are still family owned. There are no high rises and almost everyone gets around by bike or golf cart. -The Dyrt camper Fain H. 

4. Frisco - Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC

Cape Hatteras is a surfer’s paradise and the camping here is just as great.

Image from The Dyrt camper Brittany S.

Pick a spot near the sand dunes and enjoy a night under the stars as you listen to the waves break against the shoreline. When you see campfires lit on the other islands, you won’t be able to resist not joining.

Might be one of the best places to camp on the beach and score great waves on the east coast...Amazing place to be on the Cape Hatteras Barrier Island! South Swell! -The Dyrt camper Michael K. 

5. First Landing State Park, VA

All the campsites are within walking distance to the beach, which is dog friendly.

Image from The Dyrt camper Kevin M.

Bring your pup here for a great time camping on the beach and exploring all the beach trails around.

This is a beautiful park that is very close to the water. As with other Virginia State Parks, the campground is very clean and the facilities are well-maintained. There are lots of trails to walk and bike on and are great for dogs. -The Dyrt camper Brittany B. 


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