If your looking for somewhere to take your family in the upcoming holidays, camping near the beach offers a wonderful, relaxing, and memorable time together.
It is a terrific and budget-friendly way to get a seat in the front row to incredible sunrises and sunsets. You can swim all day and listen to the sound of the waves before falling asleep at night in your favorite camp bed.
The children will love it and the memories will last forever. I love being near the beach, Check out my little tips video.
Do Your Research.
Before you go to the next camping holiday on the beach, you should do your research. There are many beaches that are camper friendly, while some are free, most of the more popular sites are in national parks.
So a good start if your somewhat of a novice is to check out the national park’s website relevant to your state.
They are quite detailed in the description, eg: what facilities are available, Toilets, showers, is there drinking water, and so on. Find out if camping near the beach is allowed at all and if there are restrictions.
These restrictions may include where you can drive your vehicle, don’t drive or upset natural sand dunes other than those on existing tracks.
Some beaches have actual campsites right on or near the beach. And you may be surprised by the location of some, especially if you have never been to any of the beach camping areas on your coastline.
Most are super cheap just several dollars each per night through national parks and worth every cent as some locations are spectacular.
Swing the Hammock and enjoy the bliss. Usually, there have abundant signs to tell you what areas they allow camping.
Once you have made the emotional commitment to try this form of camping, a reservation will reserve an available place.
Reservations are a must as in most areas these locations are in very popular demand, particularly at school holiday times and the festive holiday periods of Christmas and Easter.
If a Campfire is a must before your trip check in advance if the beach you camp on will allow campfires. What, if any, fire bans may be in place due to extreme weather conditions or drought.
Although some do, some campsites may require approval or permit for a fire. Others may not allow it at all.
If you have the opportunity to spend time on a beach and the fire is allowed, come with lighter, matches and of course, bring your own firewood.
Usually, it is scarce in these sites and it can be very expensive to buy a small bag or two.
You will need a comfortable and strong camp chair to take advantage of the occasion.
Once finished with a fire on or in the sand, never ever just bury it, the heat of a campfire can be so intense that it may stay extremely hot underfoot for an extended period.
Be sure to douse the fire with water and leave it exposed. Somebody walking on a covered fire is at risk of very serious injury.
Most people who opt for beach camping do so, not because of the hiking experience, or even to communicate with nature. It is more for the romantic atmosphere of the sea and fun for the kids.
Like camping at any other location, camping on the beach has its challenges. However, following some basic guidelines, will make your camping as enjoyable as a sunrise on the horizon of the ocean.
Location, Location, Location.
Setting up your camp or family tent right on the sand so you can see the water is always the first instinct, the views can be stunning, therefore very tempting.
However, that decision could make the difference between a wonderful adventure or a miserable experience.
It would be much wiser to first check out the lay of the site. You probably don’t want to be totally exposed to high winds straight off the beach, these can be brutal.
High winds will carry plenty of sand into your site, which could be very irritating, it may be better to move the camp back into the vegetation a little way.
The wind and fierce environment of the seafront will give way to a calmer and probably a lot cooler area in which to camp. This area should still have sufficient wind to help with the control of mosquitoes, and other annoying bugs common on our foreshores.
The other main point to check with beach camping is the tide charts and tide marks. Give yourself a bit of breathing space for extra high tides.
Making sure you won’t get washed away will definitely save you from a lot of heartaches.
Once you have set up camp the last thing you want to have to do is move because of an unfriendly environment or rising sea levels.
The shelter is extremely important on any beachfront camping trip. Take a look here at a very good quality tent, maybe a tent like this that is fully enclosed with a floor, and window and door mesh will be the best choice.
Not only will most of the sand be kept at bay, but any annoying insects will find it hard to penetrate your cozy sleeping quarters. Place a strip of carpet or a cheap mat at the door to help reduce sand inside.
I like my comfort when I am camping, so I make sure my bedding is good quality, and that it will give me a good night’s rest. In some instances a good sleeping bag works well, sometimes a nice queen size air mattress is an excellent addition.
Included in my gear is a 12-volt air compressor which makes light work of inflating the mattress. A mattress topper and a good doona and I am set. It’s surprising how cool it can sometimes get on the beachfront so make sure you pack some good warm clothes as well.
Toileting is something we all need to do daily, and unfortunately, what we are seeing a lot of these days in our travels are a large number of toilet tissues being left to blow about the area.
Our natural environment is not a dump, neither for household nor human waste. If you are visiting an isolated spot with no long drop please at least dig a hole and bury your waste.
On a recent camping trip, I was gathering a number of rocks to make a fire ring, and when I grabbed one of them it had been used as a cover, over a fresh toilet deposit, NOT very nice.
Don’t forget your hat, protect yourself with proper clothing, never sit on the sand or go into the water without first using sunscreen.
The sun reflects very strongly on sand and water. And it is also helpful to remember that UV rays can still be strong on cloudy days.
To avoid looking like the lobster you ate for dinner, take a few minutes to protect your skin. Protect your feet with shoes as well. And protect your eyes with sunglasses with UV protection.
Only a few people ever have the great experience of living right on the beach in there home. But for a night or two, maybe a weekend or a week, your whole family can experience the fun lifestyle that attracts people to our wonderful coastline.
The next time you plan a camping trip, consider giving up the traditional campsites in the middle of the forest and instead, enjoy a relaxing and sun-filled camping experience on the beach.
Whether you are just a beach lover or you want to get up and jump straight into the ocean while the sun is rising, this is a wonderful way to spend time with family and those close to you.
Just remember many of these camping sites rarely have lifeguards or emergency services onsite, so great care should be taken at all times during all activities. Carry a good first aid kit, and familiarise yourself with basic first aid and CPR.
How about driving on a beach? well, that is a story for another day. If you have a favorite beach camp or a story of your own please feel free to tell us below.
If you have any more questions about camping near the beach, I’ll be more than happy to answer them in the comments section below.
Remember! Leave it cleaner than you found it, only footprints not rubbish.