8 Great Oceanfront Campgrounds on the East Coast

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8 Great Oceanfront Campgrounds on the East Coast

For many, there is nothing more desirable than parking your rig right next to the beach. The East Coast has a handful of great beachfront campgrounds nestled alongside the Atlantic Ocean.

For many RV owners, there is nothing more desirable than parking your rig at a gorgeous campground right next to the beach. Cool sea breezes make the summer heat more bearable, and fall temperatures are downright pleasant. While the sound of breaking waves always forms the perfect soundtrack for falling asleep in the comfort of your RV bedroom.

The East Coast has a handful of great beachfront campgrounds that are nestled right alongside the silver and blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Most of these campgrounds are incredibly popular and require advance planning and a little bit of luck to score the best sites. So if you want to go beach camping on the East Coast then it’s time to start doing your homework.

Here’s a cheat sheet to help you get started. These eight great oceanfront campgrounds are among the best on the east coast.

Just don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and bathing suits, okay?

1. Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA Holiday, Maine

You may not need that sunscreen at the Bar Harbor KOA, and only the hardiest souls will break out their bathing suits here, but any tour of oceanfront campgrounds on the east coast should start on the rocky and dramatic shores of coastal Maine. The Bar Harbor KOA has beautiful sunsets and amazing kayaking, as long as the wind doesn’t pick up too much. You can also purchase a lobster dinner and enjoy it right on your waterfront site. Acadia National Park can be seen from the campground and is just a short drive down the road.

2. Hither Hills State Park, New York

The surfing is great in Montauk, New York—and so is the camping at Hither Hills State Park. Hither Hills has no hookups, so be prepared to dry camp and utilize your RV’s self-contained holding tanks and batteries. RVs with solar panels will be particularly well suited here. Food and drink are also great on Montauk, and so are the art galleries and funky coastal shops. Watch out for currents and riptides right in front of the campground—the water can get rough.

3. Assateague Island State Park, Maryland

Assateague Island State Park is one of our family’s favorite places to park our RV—hopefully on a site right over the dunes from the ocean. Wild horses roam throughout the campground and will walk right through your site. So make sure not to leave food out for them. This campground is simple and has few amenities, but with the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean just a few steps away from your site it doesn’t really matter. The ocean and the beach will provide countless hours of entertainment.

4. Cape Hatteras / Outer Banks KOA Resort, North Carolina

If you want to camp right on the beach and have all kinds of amazing amenities like an Olympic-sized pool and hot tub, then the Cape Hatteras KOA might be perfect for you. The beach in front of the campground also boasts some of the best surfing on the entire east coast—so throw a bar of surf wax in your bag along with that sunscreen, okay? Shade is minimal here—so you will be tempted to use your RV’s awning. Just do so cautiously because powerful winds can pick up very quickly. The Wright brothers came to the Outer Banks for this very reason.

5. Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina

Just about every inch of Coastal South Carolina is gorgeous and filled with excellent options for outdoor recreation. Thankfully, they also have one of the best state park campground systems in the country. Myrtle Beach State Park is close to all of the wild and crazy entertainment and dining options that the region offers, but it is far enough away to provide a quiet retreat. The beaches here are pristine and just steps away from the shady RV sites in the campground. Fishing from the pier is great, and it is a beautiful spot for photography at sunrise or sunset.

6. Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina

Just a bit further south from Myrtle Beach State Park is the quieter and more naturally varied terrain of Huntington Beach State Park. RV owners argue about which campground is better—but that misses the larger point. They are both great. The campground at Huntington is also largely shaded and situated just steps away from the ocean, so you will hear the sound of waves breaking from your site as you fall asleep each night. Make sure you visit Atalaya Castle which is also located inside the confines of the park. The Spanish architecture is stunning, the story behind it is moving, and its history is rich with local lore.

7. Jekyll Island Campground, Georgia

This campground feels like a hybrid between a state park and a private campground. It is actually owned by the state but is not part of Georgia’s excellent state park system. Sites are not large and private like they are at many state parks, but the location is excellent and the campground is wooded and shady. The island itself is gorgeous with many beaches to choose from. Best among them is Driftwood Beach which is close to the campground. The beach is filled with the skeletons of old trees that have been exposed by erosion. This creates a spooky look for photos and a natural playground that will keep your kids occupied for hours while you relax on the beach.

8. Beverly Beach Camptown, Florida

Beverly Beach Camptown is located directly on the Atlantic Ocean halfway between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. RV sites bump right up to a beach wall and the warm sand is just a few steps away. The water here is always gorgeous and inviting and you can swim just steps away from the comfort of your RV. This delightful campground is divided up into three sections—Camper’s Village is located across Highway A1A so we prefer the Oceanview and Beachfront sections for easier access to the beach. Customer service here is also great. If you need anything, just make sure to ask.

8 Great Oceanfront Campgrounds on the East Coast
Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina Photo by Jeremy Puglisi
8 Great Oceanfront Campgrounds on the East Coast
Hither Hills State Park, New York Photo by Phil Travaglia
8 Great Oceanfront Campgrounds on the East Coast
Beverly Beach Camptown, Florida Photo courtesy of Beverly Beach Camptown
8 Great Oceanfront Campgrounds on the East Coast
Cape Hatteras / Outer Banks KOA Resort, North Carolina Photo courtesy of KOA
Jeremy Puglisi

The RV Atlas

Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi are the co-hosts of the weekly RV Atlas and Campground of the Week podcasts and the RV Atlas blog. They are also the authors of See You at the Campground: A Guide to Discovering Community, Connection, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors, and Where Should We Camp Next: A 50 State Guide to Amazing Campgrounds and other Unique Outdoor Accommodations, and the Acadia National Park Adventure Guide. After buying their very first pop-up camper more than 10 years ago, Jeremy and Stephanie caught the RV bug in a big way, and now spend over 70 nights a year in their travel trailer with their three sons, Theo, Max, and Wes, and sweet Maggie the pup. You can follow along on their adventures (and misadventures) over at RV Atlas.