The Best RV Campgrounds Near Beaches

Jul 14, 2021 | Travel & Destinations

The Best RV Campgrounds Near Beaches

From sandy shores to unspoiled coastlines, these beach-adjacent RV campsites are full of waterfront fun.

By Stephanie Vermillion

Photo courtesy of the Florida Keys & Key West Visitors Bureau

There’s visiting the beach, then there’s waking up in your RV next to the beach—and North America is filled with sunny getaways to enjoy the latter. The best beachside RV campgrounds allure guests with everything from onsite boat and kayak rentals to private beaches reserved for camp guests, not to mention waterfront campsites. If your RV travel bucket list calls for sun and sand, here are eight of the best RV campgrounds near beaches to consider. 

Couple sitting on beach chairs on shoreline with tent and boats parked at nearby dock
Photo courtesy of the Florida Keys & Key West Visitors Bureau

Boyd’s Campground, Key West, Florida

WHY IT’S GREAT FOR BEACHGOERS:

For nearly 60 years, Boyd’s Campground has welcomed travelers with scenic waterfront RV and tent camping. The palm-dotted property, located at the Florida Keys’ Mile Marker Five, packs docks, ocean views, a dog walk, pool, and game room into its beloved beachside property. Rent and launch paddleboards and kayaks directly from Boyd’s waterfront, or bring your own fishing or diving gear to experience the best this Key West campground has to offer. And to enjoy the area’s culture and history, Key West’s famed Mallory Square and Hemingway House are just 5 miles away. 

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: 

  • 30/50 amp electric 
  • Cable TV service
  • Full hookups
  • Picnic table
  • Concrete patio
  • Gravel RV pad
  • Pet-friendly

PRICES: 

Off-season rates start at $105; peak season rates start at $150. 

DATES:

Open year-round.

Aerial view of rv sites nearby Cape Cod shoreline
Photo courtesy of Campers Haven RV Resort

Campers Haven RV Resort, Dennis Port, Massachusetts

WHY IT’S GREAT FOR BEACHGOERS:

There’s a reason New Englanders flock to Cape Cod each summer: The Cape’s calm, quaint beaches do not disappoint—nor does Campers Haven RV Resort, a chic getaway in the heart of the Mid-Cape region. Onsite snacks, basketball courts, a playground, and mini golf are among Campers Haven’s top draws. Of course, nothing beats this gated RV resort’s private 500-foot beach, which gives guests their own slice of paradise along the serene Nantucket Sound. 

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES:

  • Gated property
  • WiFi and cable TV access
  • Full hookups
  • 20/30/50 amp electric
  • Pet-friendly
  • Can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet
  • Concrete patios
  • Grass and gravel pads

PRICES:

Prices range from $70 to $100 per night.

DATES:

Open April 15 to October 15. 

Chairs in a circle on North Carolina coast
Photo: Bryan Regan / Shutterstock.com

Cape Hatteras KOA Resort, Outer Banks, North Carolina

WHY IT’S GREAT FOR BEACHGOERS:

With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Pamlico Sound on the other, it’s hard to top the beaches at the Outer Banks’ Cape Hatteras KOA Resort. Pull in steps from the sandy dunes, and enjoy quick beach access for sunrise, sunset, and daytime adventures. Don’t miss the resort’s year-round pool, hot tub, and sauna for rest and relaxation. And, true to the KOA brand, the Cape Hatteras KOA Resort fun continues with a playground, outdoor cinema, waterslides, fishing, and bike rentals to soak up the local scenery. 

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES:

  • Up to 50 amp electric
  • Pool
  • Snack bar
  • Propane and firewood available
  • Cable TV and WiFi available
  • Can accommodate rigs up to 65 feet
  • Pavilion and snack bar
  • Pets allowed

PRICES:

Prices start around $75 per night.

DATES:

Open year-round.

Campsite with large tree and picnic table overlooking California coastline
Photo: Parks Management Company via @theblondeoutdoors

Kirk Creek Campground, Big Sur, California

WHY IT’S GREAT FOR BEACHGOERS:

Soak up the best of California’s wild and natural beauty at Kirk Creek Campground, a scenic campsite along the Big Sur coast where wilderness is the main attraction. The campground is perched above the ocean, with scenic trails mere minutes away in Los Padres National Forest. Those who want to experience Big Sur’s awe-striking beach scenery can take Highway 1 to Sand Dollar Beach, the largest sand beach in Big Sur (5 miles away) or McWay Beach (17 miles away). Guests can also stroll over to a rocky beach right from camp. 

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES:

  • Waterfront sites
  • Self-pay station
  • Trash collection and recycling
  • Vault toilets
  • Grills and campfire rings
  • Pet-friendly
  • No hookups or water available

PRICES:

Rates start at $35 per vehicle for up to six people. 

DATES:

Open year-round.

Northern Lights over Lake Superior
Photo: Alister Olson

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors, Minnesota

WHY IT’S GREAT FOR BEACHGOERS:

Gooseberry Falls State Park is the perfect place to experience Lake Superior’s dramatic beauty, and Gooseberry Falls State Park’s 70 drive-in RV sites offer the best seat in the house. One particularly unique stretch of coastline is Agate Bay Beach, a waterfront oasis speckled with Lake Superior’s signature orange, yellow, and red agate rocks. The salmon-hued Iona Beach is another gateway to the lake, although beaches aren’t the only draw in this stunning state park. As the name alludes, waterfalls here abound, and one lesser-known attraction—a chance to see the northern lights—makes this northern Minnesota shoreline truly one of a kind.

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES:

  • Can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet
  • A few pull-through sites available
  • Showers and flush toilets 
  • Seasonal dump station
  • No electric sites 
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic tables

PRICES:

Prices start around $25 per night. 

DATES:

Open year-round.

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Two chairs sitting on Cannon Beach with large rock formations
Photo: Esteban Martinena Guerrer / Shutterstock.com

Cannon Beach RV Resort, Cannon Beach, Oregon

WHY IT’S GREAT FOR BEACHGOERS:

Rise and shine a mere stone’s throw from Oregon’s most famous shoreline—Cannon Beach—with a stay at the Cannon Beach RV Resort. The tranquil resort is less than 1 mile from the waterfront, where the Pacific Northwest’s famed Haystack Rock rises some 235 feet from the shore. Of course, with an indoor pool, spa, game room, picnic tables, and fire pits, it may be tough to leave the tranquil grounds of this charming and pet-friendly Oregon RV resort. 

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES:

  • Gasoline, diesel, and propane available
  • Paved drives and pads
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Cable TV available
  • Overflow parking
  • Convenience store
  • Full hookups
  • Pet-friendly 

PRICES:

Summer rates start at $64 per night; spring and fall at $59 per night; and winter at $49 per night. 

DATES:

Open year-round.

Family walking down boardwalk on Mustang Island
Photo: Port Aransas/Mustang Island Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

On The Beach RV Park, Mustang Island, Texas

WHY IT’S GREAT FOR BEACHGOERS:

Enjoy a warm Texas Gulf Coast welcome at On The Beach RV Park, a resort whose allure is in its name—an RV campground right on the beach. This local favorite opened in 1974, and has been welcoming travelers ever since with Mustang Island’s best fishing, surfing, kayaking, and beachcombing right from the park’s front door. While it’s hard to beat the beach digs, the park is also minutes from Port Aransas, the “Fishing Capital of Texas,” with Corpus Christi and the Padre Island National Seashore within 35 miles as well. 

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES:

  • Full hookups 
  • Cable TV and free high-speed WiFi
  • Pull-through sites
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic tables

PRICES:

Rates start at $53 per night in the winter, and $60 per night in spring and summer.

DATES:

Open year-round.

Grassy area at waterfront campground with RVs parked along shoreline
Photos courtesy of Wrights Beach
Sunset at family-friendly lakeside beach

Wright’s Beach Camp RV Park, Skaha Lake, British Columbia

WHY IT’S GREAT FOR BEACHGOERS:

Few Canadian waterways rival Skaha Lake’s beauty, and the family-owned Wright’s Beach Camp RV Park gives guests an array of ways to explore it. Stroll the park’s private sandy beach, splash around in the protected swimming area, or paddle with one of the campground’s canoe, paddleboard, kayak, or pedal boat rentals. To really get that heart pumping, rent one of Wright’s wave runners, ski boats, water skis, or wakeboards. And after a day on the water, there’s nothing like resting along one of the camp’s many lakefront sites. 

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES:

  • Full hookups 
  • 30 amp electric
  • Cable TV available
  • Pet-friendly
  • Laundromats
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Convenience store
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Public barbecue

PRICES:

Prices start at $53 per night during summer and $34 per night during winter.

DATES:

Open year-round.


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Stephanie Vermillion

Stephanie Vermillion is a Cleveland-based travel and outdoors journalist with a love for the road-trip lifestyle. She writes about adventure travel, outdoor excursions, and astrotourism for publications like National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, and Outside. When she's not writing or editing, you can find Stephanie road tripping around her favorite U.S. region: the Great Lakes.

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