There are surprisingly not a lot of places to camp directly on the Atlantic Coast. Many campgrounds and resorts are near the ocean but don’t offer views from their sites.
Though fewer than you’d expect, there are still some beautiful places where you can pull up to see the water. We searched from the rugged shores of Maine to the sandy beaches of Florida on RV Park Reviews and found eight campgrounds and resorts where you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves.
1. South Carolina: Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach is huge. It’s the largest campground along the East Coast with over 800 sites and 5 bathhouses across 310 oceanfront acres and over a mile of beachfront.
The sites are large, pull-through, and complete with full hookups. They’re located along paved roads and most have concrete pads.
There’s lots to do around the campground, especially if you have kids. Go for a refreshing walk on the beach, check out their new water park, the nearby par 72 Prestwick Golf Course, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants.
2. South Carolina: Pirateland Family Campground
On the south end of Myrtle Beach, Pirateland is a fun oceanfront resort tailored for the whole family. They also offer sites further inland with concrete pads and picnic tables.
Their facilities include a whole water park, fully stocked camp store, mini golf, and kayak rentals. The resort plans activities all summer long with various games, crafts, and contests.
3. Florida: Beverly Beach RV Camptown
Beverly Beach Camptown has a prime location in Flagler Beach. With over 1,500 feet of Atlantic coast, and nearby attractions like St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, there’s something to keep everyone busy here. Disney World and other Central Florida destinations are only about an hour and a half away.
The campground has four beach walkways where you can stroll along the water. They offer RV sites with full hookups (50-amp service) as well as oceanfront cabins. The pet-friendly resort also offers two laundry facilities with TVs and full-service bathrooms.
Of course, sites like these aren’t cheap but they’re worth the expense. As one RVer describes, “Yes, it is pricey, but if you want to look out your front window and see the ocean it is worth it. You get what you see.”
4. North Carolina: Camp Hatteras RV Resort
Camp Hatteras offers ocean and sound-front sites on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The 200 sites all have concrete pads and full hookups. Some are located on the side of Pamlico Sound and others next to the Atlantic Ocean.
Among the amenities are pools, a Jacuzzi, mini golf, WaveRunner rentals, and a walkway out to the beach. They also have a fully stocked store on-site and dog park for pet owners.
One RVer’s tip: Stay on a site near the sound, rather than the ocean. You’ll actually get a view of the water and sunsets. The oceanfront sites are closer to the beach, but the view can be obstructed by the dunes.
5. Florida: Coral Sands Resort
Coral Sands Resort offers 31 oceanfront RV sites next to their quaint cottages and hotel. A natural dune pathway leads out to the water and amenities range from full hookups to an oceanfront pool and gazebos.
The resort is pet-friendly but dogs are not allowed on the beach or pool deck. You can read more details on their website here and make reservations by calling them at 1-800-441-1831.
6. Maryland: Assateague State Park
Where else can you camp on an island among wild horses? Assateague State Park lies between the Atlantic Ocean and Sinepuxent Bay on Assateague Island with miles of sandy beach and campsites for tents, trailers, and RVs.
The famous wild horses casually roam the campsites and beach. They’re fun to take photos of, but be careful to not approach, touch, or feed them. Read more details from NPS.
7. Maine: Libby’s Oceanside Camp
Libbys Oceanside Camp offers wide open views on an ocean-facing grassy bluff. On any clear day you can see Nubble Light, one of Maine’s most photographed lighthouses, from the resort.
There’s lots to do in the area: hiking, shopping, and sightseeing. Portsmouth, a delightful historic town in New Hampshire, is an easy 20-minute drive away.
8. Maine: Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort
Two-and-a-half hours north of Libby’s, Moorings Oceanfront Resort has scenic RV sites along Penobscot Bay in the quiet town of Belfast. Some of coastal Maine’s top attractions are only an hour drive away – like Acadia National Park, charming villages, and about a half dozen lighthouses.
Visitors are welcome to their private beach, kayak launch, shower and laundry facilities. They also offer free coffee every morning and donuts every Sunday.
Do you know of any other scenic places to camp on the East Coast? Let us know your favorite spots in the comments below.