As summer approaches, people begin to do their summer camping projects. If you are considering bringing your motorhome to the East Coast for camping for a while, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I will explore 21 unforgettable motorhome sites along the beach that you should visit this summer. You will spend a lot of time there camping and at the beach, but you will also have a good dose of diverse and expanding culture and history.
1) Keys to Florida
The Florida Keys are definitely a place to go once in a lifetime. It is a small string of islands that extend off the southern tip of Florida. Here, wherever you look, it’s the beach!
The Keys are full of amazing Cuban food, long sunny days and the best lime pie on the planet, a one of a kind place.
In addition to the beautiful beaches, you can practice all kinds of nautical activities such as fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. And Everglades National Park isn’t far away either.
There is so much to see and do here that you could literally stay there for months (and many people do). As the Keys are the southernmost point of the American continent, the average temperatures in winter are around 70 degrees. This is why many people make the Keys their winter place to stay in a motorhome.
Therefore, it can be almost impossible to find a camper site open here in the middle of winter. If you are looking for a camper site in the Keys, be aware that people start booking 10 months in advance.
Also note that campsites are very expensive at this time of year, I’m talking about $ 100 a night for a campsite!
It is for these reasons that the best time to visit the Florida Keys is in the spring or fall. The winter crowds are gone, but the intense, humid summer heat in Florida has not yet arrived.
2) The Space Coast, Florida
If you are a fan of space science and technology, then this is another place that you should visit once in your life. Cape Canaveral, Florida, has a long history of rocket launches and space innovations.
The Kennedy Space Center was the launch site for John Glenn, the first American to enter space in 1962, for each Apollo mission that went to the moon, and for all space shuttle missions.
The Hubble Space Telescope, most parts of the International Space Station and many other satellites have taken off from this location.
The Kennedy Space Center is still open. You can visit the Space Center and see the history of space up close. All kinds of objects are on display, including a real Apollo re-entry capsule, the Atlantis space shuttle and various other rockets in a “rocket garden”.
They also have exhibits that explain the past, present and future of space travel. You can even take a bus tour and get close to the launching ramps, the vehicle assembly building and some of Apollo’s original equipment (included in the entry price).
If you want to see a rocket launch, you have several options. The Kennedy Space Center is probably the best place to see the launches. There are also other interesting sites if you don’t want to pay entry or if you want to avoid the crowds.
There are many places to camp on the space coast. If you want to see a rocket launch, then try camping anywhere in Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral or Titusville. These are all cities located within a radius of about 8 km around the Space Center.
They have sites for recreational vehicles, sites for tents and cabins, so you can make your choice. There is a KOA, a few campsites managed by the county, and others also private. From these campsites, you can spend time on the beach while waiting for the rocket to launch.
3) Jekyll Island, Georgia
Jekyll Island is an island that can be reached by car. The entire island is owned by the State of Georgia. Located about an hour north of Jacksonville, Florida, the island is home to a campground, a wave pool, a center for sea turtles, a wreck, miles of beach, a few hotels, and miles of trails nice bikes that connect the whole island.
Jekyll Island is steeped in history. She was named by none other than James T. Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia. But there is much more than that. Native Americans have visited the island for centuries, and you can still see their shell buildings there.
Later, France and Spain fought for the island, Spain having won and established a colony. After the attack of the Spanish colony by the tribe of Westo, England took place on the island and it ended up being part of the British colony of Georgia.
The island is also an ideal place for practical learning of biology and conservation. As it is very protected, there are very few buildings. Most of the island is home to a natural salt marsh and many varieties of wild animals.
Both children and adults can have fun cycling around the island or taking a guided tour with a forest ranger.
And finally, this place has BEAUTIFUL sand! Sand is something that will remain in your memory and in your socks for days after you leave.
4) Edisto Beach State Park, South Carolina
About an hour from Charleston, this oceanfront state park is a great place to stay along the coast of South Carolina. Also rich in Native American history, this state park has more museum-style exhibits than Jekyll.
It is also an ideal place for fishing. Swampy areas and inland waters are quieter than the ocean and full of fish.
In addition, the sand has changed there. It is no longer white, the sand on the Georgia coast becomes darker as you move north. In Edisto, the sand is even gray / black in some places and covered with shells.
While you are here, you will have to pay a visit to Charleston. Charleston is a city full of historic sites.
One of the oldest cities in the South, Charleston witnessed the American Revolution, the first shots of the American Civil War and the years of the slave trade. In fact, more slaves arrived from North America from Charleston than from any other city.
Places to visit are Fort Sumter, where the Civil War really started, the Charleston market and the old-fashioned market (opening scheduled for 2021).
The International African American Museum, which will showcase the history of African Americans in America and even help people of African descent to travel to Africa.
5) Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina
It is a very nice, very clean and quiet place to camp. Huntington Beach State Park is located about an hour and a half north of Charleston. This is the perfect place for you if you want to avoid the crowds.
Think of Huntington Beach as Myrtle Beach if there were no buildings. This state park has a desk and changing rooms / showers, but that’s it!
The beach is super clean. You can get there on foot from your campsite. The showers and changing rooms are also very clean. There are also lifeguards, which is always a plus.
Besides the beach, the park also houses an old castle called Atalaya. It was built by the Huntington family, owner of the castle and the land surrounding it.
The castle and park have been left to the public to inherit, and the complex is now managed as Huntington Beach National Park. The chateau is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but can close for special events.
As we already mentioned, if you go through Charleston, you can also discover a serious story there.
6) Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina
An oasis of calm, this lovely national park is located at the southern end of Myrtle Beach. Covered with trees, the area offers a striking contrast to the tall buildings located just to the north. The beach is clean and lifeguards are on duty during the summer season.
By camping here, you will have the best of both worlds. You will fully enjoy the beach, the calm and the forest. And when you feel like a city tour is a must, it will only be a few minutes away.
7) The Outer Banks, North Carolina
The outer benches are a narrow strip of island off the coast of North Carolina. It is a truly unique place to visit, there is something for everyone. Here you can find your peace or be in the middle of all the action. There are several places to camp on the outer shores, with plenty of places for recreational vehicles.
On the outer shores, there are all kinds of things to see and do. Here you will find several breathtaking lighthouses from the 19th century, a golf course, unique restaurants, surf shops, big waves, dolphin trips, wild horses, fishing boats, boat rentals. jet ski and go-karts / mini golf, to name a few.
Kitty Hawk, a small community on the Outer Banks, also happens to be the site of Brother Wright’s first flight. This is where they perfected their piloting skills until they could make the first powered flight in an airplane. The site of their actual flight is now a national memorial with a visitor center and all that it entails.
Further south, along the island, you will enter protected conservation areas, including the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Camp here if you want a quieter, deeper experience in the woods. One of the big lighthouses, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, is also located here.
The whole island is essentially a beach, so you will not be short of coastline to explore and surf.
8) Virginia Beach, Virginia
A classic place to visit, Virginia Beach is a place open to exploration. Here there is plenty to do, lots of restaurants, nightlife, great hotels, and kayak rentals.
There is also an old-fashioned lighthouse, the first built by the United States government after the War of Independence, and the first government-built project ever approved by President George Washington.
There are several campsites in the area that can accommodate RVs, including a KOA. Note that they are not necessarily “on the beach” and that to get there, you have to walk a few minutes.
Overall, this place attracts a lot of people. If people aren’t your thing, you can also stay at First Landing State Park. First Landing is located at the north end of Virginia Beach.
This state park has a beachfront campsite, recreational vehicle sites, 20 miles of hiking trails, and lots of history. The waterways have been traveled for centuries by Native American canoes, and the park itself was the landing point for the first settlers who came from England in 1607. Note that there is no lifeguard on duty here. .
There are also many U.S. Navy facilities in the area, which can make noise. For me, noise is an exciting part of the Virginia Beach experience, but be aware that it can sometimes lead to military operations at any time of the night.
9) Delaware Coastal State Park, Delaware
It is a small state park located on the tranquil coastline of southern Delaware. The campsite is a minute’s walk from the beach and has motorhome spaces.
The beach is called “Coin Beach” because people with metal detectors have found coins there for years. The beach is supervised by lifeguards of 8 to 5 people during the day, during the summer season.
Coin Beach is also a very accessible beach, the place was designed with disabled and elderly people in mind so that they can also enjoy the beach. They have what are called “Mobi-Mats” which allow wheelchairs to roll on the beach, so this beach is really for the whole family.
If you don’t just stay in one place all day, there are also miles of trails for biking or hiking. You can also go to the Indian River rescue station, built in 1876 by the American rescue service.
It explains how ships once represented such an important part of the American economy and even periodically demonstrates their old-fashioned lifesaving techniques to save a ship in danger.
You can also go kayaking, fishing, clam fishing, crabbing, boat watching and surfing. A license is required for clam or crab fishing, which you can get from a ranger. The rangers also occasionally organize events on subjects as varied as “introduction to surf fishing” or “driving on the beach”.
And finally, as in most places along the beach, there are seafood restaurants around the park that serve unique platters of seafood that you can’t get fresher.
10) Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Another beautiful beach on the east coast is Chesapeake Beach. It is a very quiet little town, where you can fish and find nice restaurants. And of course, there is a beach!
Because this beach is inland, in a bay, it is quieter and more than a beach on a coast directly facing the ocean. Therefore, this is not your beach if you are looking to surf.
But this is your beach if you are looking to go out in a rural location and try something different. Enjoy the true Maryland countryside here.
One thing that makes this beach a great stop on your trip is its proximity to Washington, D.C., which is a must-see if you’re in the area.
11) Long Island, New York
Long Island lives up to its name. West of New York City, the atmosphere becomes more and more relaxed as one moves away towards the east. To the east, a few state parks give access to the beach. The best for camping is called Hither Hills State Park.
With pitches for tents and motorhomes, Hither Hills is the perfect place to enjoy the beach for a day or two, on a classic and tranquil American coastline.
Since you almost have to go through New York to get here, there will be a LOT of things to see when entering or leaving. I’m not even going to try to tell you about everything you can see in New York, but know that everything is on the way to this great relaxing beach.
12) Hammonasset Beach State Park, Connecticut
One of the three beaches we will mention on the Connecticut coast, Hammonasset Beach State Park is the largest in terms of coastline. A stay in this state park will give you plenty of space to explore.
With two miles of clean, well-managed coastline, you’re sure to find a place where you and your family can enjoy the cool breeze of the New England ocean.
13) Rocky Neck State Park, Connecticut
Another beautiful white beach with many shores. You can camp in the park or in a nearby KOA. Also note that Harkness Memorial State Park is nearby. Although it does not offer camping, it does have a beach and the former summer residence of the Harkness family.
The Harkness Memorial also doesn’t charge for parking on weekdays, so you can visit whatever you want. These two national parks are great.
14) Charlestown Breachway Campground, Rhode Island
Very beautiful New England beach, Charlestown Breachway is a semi-rural place where it is good to escape. And staying there is the best way to enjoy it.
The Breachway has a boat launch and is a great place for fishing. Surfing is not the best, but some people try it.
Note that although they can accommodate RVs, they do not have connections and you will need to have autonomous tanks to camp here.
15) Paine’s Campground, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod is a large peninsula stretching from mainland Massachusetts. Extremely picturesque and well preserved, Cape Cod is a place frozen in time. That being said, the coasts are constantly changing.
Here there is much to discover. The Cape Cod National Shoreline is an extremely strange-shaped national park that covers almost 600 miles of coastline on the Cape. There is beautiful sand, beautiful cities and wonderful weather.
There is also a lot of history. Every ship that travels between Boston and anywhere has had to navigate the shallow sandbanks off Cape Town, and these sandbanks have claimed more than 3,000 ships in 300 years of history.
16) Provincetown, Massachusetts
At the north end of Cape Cod is a town called Provincetown. Your experience of staying here will be somewhat similar to that of other places on Cape Cod, but this place is truly hers.
There is no place where you can be homeless. The people of this city are full of their own culture, and it feels like you’ve entered a story book.
Provincetown also has quick access to the beach, including the most remote parts of Cape Cod’s national coastline.
Provincetown has several recreational parks, including the Coastal Acres and Dune’s Edge campgrounds.
17) Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts
Salisbury Beach is another very beautiful area on the north coast of Massachusetts.
The Salusbury Beach State Reserve Campground is the closest location to the beach for camping. With 484 locations, it is almost a small town. While it’s not the perfect place for people looking to escape the crowds, it’s a great place to camp if you like being on the beach.
There are other places to camp too. There are a few more inland campgrounds if you like the woods and a little more loneliness.
18) Hampton Beach State Park, New Hampshire
A very relaxing beach, Hampton Beach State Park is one of the only campsites on the New Hampshire coast compatible with recreational vehicles. It’s a great place for family fun, or even for beach weddings.
Lifeguards are on duty during the day during the summer season (which runs from June 15 to September 8).
19) Old Orchard Beach, Maine
This city is a gem! Old Orchard Beach is a city with personality. While the real inhabitants are around 9,000, the population increases to around 75,000 in summer. And they are all welcome. People come from all over to enjoy the hospitality of the small town that is here.
The beach here is unique and the tides are crazy. At low tide, the beach stretches far. Then there is the pier, which stretches 1,800 feet into the ocean. Like the rest of the city, the pier is home to restaurants and shops.
If you’re looking to explore a new place, Maine in general is sure to satisfy your wanderlust, and Old Orchard Beach in particular is a great place to take the plunge for a few days and learn to enjoy life again.
20) Lake Pemaquid Campground, Maine
I know, I know, it’s not technically a beach. But this campsite is truly a gem in the heart of Maine, in the middle of the coast. You will have a great time kayaking, swimming, jacuzzi and sauna here.
You can camp on the lake, but the ocean is just a short drive away. The campsite is surrounded by numerous small towns and fishing villages which are the ultimate antidote to the absence of a place.
21) Acadie National Park, Maine
Just two hours from Canada, Acadie National Park is the northernmost point on our list. And it’s worth the trip! Acadie National Park is a great place to camp and there are LOTS of things to see and do. Everything is contained in an island.
There are two campsites to choose from, and not all campsites can accommodate recreational vehicles. In addition, you are unlikely to get a location without a reservation. So be sure to plan ahead and reserve a location for your RV.
If you don’t want to worry about finding a location, there are other great places to camp in the area.
Acadia being an island, there are kilometers of coast to explore. The rocky coast of northern Maine is very unique. Even inside the park, there are variations on what the coast looks like.
Some parts are steep cliffs, others are solid rocks, while others are smaller, more broken rocks that act more like a beach. The point is, everything is rocky. There is not much sand to see here.
Seeing the waves crash on the cliffs is one of the coolest things to see. Thunder Point, in particular, is so named because the waves crash against the cliff face in such a way that it makes the sound of thunder.
In the park are some of the most breathtaking hikes on the east coast. From beginner to difficult level, there are different hikes that will allow you to gain altitude. The views from these points of view will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Overall, there are tons of cliffs, forests, other small islands, a lighthouse, a spring, and gardens to explore. On foot, by bike or by car, you can discover many things.
When does the camping season start? Although each year is slightly different, the dates of the camping season are about the same each year. Most campsites open in mid-May, but you can usually start making reservations in April, and most of them close in late August or early September. If you live further north, the camping season will be a bit shorter.
How long can you camp in a national park? You can stay in a state park for 14 consecutive days, and for 14 days over a 45-day period. Although each state has slightly different rules, this is the most common rule you will find.