Camping on the Beach

 When it comes to going beach camping, it can be very difficult to pick a destination.  There are many places you can go;  whether you want to explore thebeaches of Southern California and the West Coast or the endless beaches of Florida and the Eastern Seaboard.  This article will help you find that perfect beach for the entire family to enjoy. 
     Beach Camping is not limited to the shores of the ocean or gulf.  You can find many beautiful beaches throughout the country along the shores of lakes, man made reservoirs such as Lake Mead or Lake Powell (there are literally hundreds of man made reservoirs in the U.S.), or on the banks of your favorite river.
     If you choose to go to either the East or West coast or perhaps the Gulf, select the State and research the availability of State Beach Camping.  This is definitely a hidden treasure of beach camping.  State Beaches offer many services and activities as well as most have tourist information centers that provide you useful information about the surrounding area including historical places, nautical information, nature and wildlife facts, hiking trail locations, and much, much more.
     If you are considering an inland vacation near the water, you can look up county and State Parks. Many will have tent camping or rv sites located close to the water or in the prime area of the park.  Picnic facilities will be scattered throughout the parks as well.  Inland beaches are usually well maintained by the park staff and are easily accessible.
     Most major reservoirs are managed by a federal government agency such as the Bureau of Land Management, National Forest Service, Corps of Engineers, Dept. Of Interior, or National Parks Services.  Lodging in a cabin or motel may be limited but tent and rv camping should be readily available.  If you enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, and breathtaking scenery, a vacation near one of the major reservoirs might be the perfect choice for you.
     You have decided where you are going to take your next beach camping vacation.  Now you have to consider what type of accommodations are available.  Are you going to rough it in a tent and camp under the stars?  Perhaps you have a recreational vehicle or travel trailer.  Beach camping will range from sites with full accommodations such as water, electric, and sewer to the most remote with no services except the ones you provide yourself.  If you want to take full advantage of the outdoors, camping on the beach in your tent or RV will be an experience long to be remembered!
     A vacation along a body of water is probably the most popular of all family vacations; and camping on a beach tops this list.  To ensure that your vacation will be a pleasant experience, take the extra time before you leave and make a plan that includes what to bring (make a checklist), the route to your destination, the places you want to visit while on vacation, your planned activities, etc.  Planning your family beach camping trip will be time well spent. ThePicnic Placemat

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