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Old 05-20-2016, 11:26 AM   #15
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I've had this dream of boon docking on the beach. I have a vintage airstream 1972 31' land yatch that's been remolded in a modern style like a high end yatch. It has all it needs for glamping, water tank waste tanks, energy source for up to one week of camping. <snip>.

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Old 05-20-2016, 11:36 AM   #16
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That Padre Island wind is INCREDIBLE! It's like being sandblasted. There was sand inside our tent before we even unzipped it to climb inside. Sleeping on our sheets and pillows was like being sanded all night long. Only the stuff inside our tent kept the tent from being blown away; we even put our cooler inside for the weight. We were glad that it was calm enough in the morning to make coffee and a quick breakfast. After that we packed everything up and drove home, but I found a lake for us to camp at on the way and we spent the rest of our days there. This was pre-airstream. Next year we camped at Mustang Island with our Airstream in their campsites. No wind, but huge clouds of mosquitos. We still had a better time!

"Been there done that"! First experience with this beach was 50 years ago. Lived in Waco at the time. I modified our VW Bug for a 4th of July trip to this very beach. Packed everything including a few bricks to build a campfire break. Left Waco around 7pm...drove the 300 miles arrived at Bob Hall Pier around 3 AM. Wasn't sure what the tide was like but I was exhausted. People were laying around sleeping everywhere. Fearful that I would run over someone...I unloaded an old rug and thru it down on the sand....collapsed on the rug and was asleep in seconds. Morning sun woke me up. Got back in the car and drove down the beach until I saw the last person...then added 10 more miles. Found a deserted location and set up camp. Within minutes my canopy was blown fire wouldn't burn..and the scrambled eggs and bacon filled with sand. By 4 that afternoon all of us were sunburned and we were out of pop and beer. I looked at the wife and asked..."are we having fun yet"...she said no! I said you wanna go back home....she nodded and we were gone within an hour.
Total time spent a bit over 24 hours and we were back in Waco..sunburned beyond belief.
Now we look back and laugh but after moving down there we learned a lot of how to "beach camp" and have a great time.

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Old 05-20-2016, 08:20 PM   #17
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You cannot park...much less camp... on the beach on St. George Island. But their campground is about 1/4 mile inland. Ditto St. Joe Peninsula SP to the west of St. George (make sure you stop for oysters etc in Appalachicola on the way)...St. Joe's two campgrounds are very close to the just a dune away. Ft. Clinch north of Jacksonville has a wooded campground next to St. Mary's River and around the corner from the beach. But there is no more trailer camping anywhere on any Fl beaches (my home state). jon
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:14 AM   #18
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Padre Island's Malaquite Beach camp grounds is our preferred camping destination, $4/night with senior pass, or you can camp on the beach for free, (too sandy for us and you have to be wary of high tide) - we see rv's of all kinds on the sand including diesel pushers. Bob Hall's is a county park with water and electricity only - entire park is paved over. Mustang Island State Park very nice with water and electricity hook ups. An alternative on the National Seashore is Bird Island, $5 per season with senior pass, no hookups and less wind
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:02 PM   #19
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Just got back from Anastasia State Park near St. Augustine, FL. OK, it's not right on the beach, but in a forested setting a short walk away. More beach than you can comfortably walk!

Ft. DeSoto, near St. Petersberg, Fl, also has waterfront campsites. So does Curry Hammock SP in Marathon (The Keys). None of these are boondocking, but sure are nice! And they require reservations far in advance...

As a youth, I did a lot on boondock camping down in Baja. Probably still some of that going on, but maybe a bit riskier nowadays.
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Old 07-24-2016, 07:44 PM   #20
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Besides Pismo Beach which is a State park, in central CA there is wonderful BLM camp ground west of Petrolia that is next to the beach. no vehicles are allowed on the beach but walk over or around a dune and you're on the beach. water but no dump. This northern end of the 'Lost Coast' beach trail.
In Washington there a number of dirt access roads off of US 101 that take you to the beach that is maybe 100-200 yards away.

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