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Old 05-20-2016, 12:26 PM   #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, 12:36 PM   #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 down....my 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, 09:20 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 beach...one 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, 10:14 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, 05:02 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, 08:44 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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Old 11-06-2016, 10:20 AM   #21
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IIRC Oregon and Hawaii are the only states that allow legal camping along certain sections of ocean beaches, where there may be certain restrictions, rules and regulations when camping.

Normally there's no camping on any private beaches.

Drifting sand, especially along ocean beaches, is a problem. Day to day drifting sand potentially changes from hard and flat to heavy sand where vehicles become stuck.

There are National Parks along ocean and other types of waters for RV's, but normally there's no camping actually on the beach itself.

There are some areas in National forests with lakes and streams that allow disperse camping. Disperse camping is usually limited to two weeks, have rules for latrines and waste water, near lakes streams and aquifers.

Possibly some states allow beach camping on their DNR sites. These days when next to water there are many more rules and regulations when compared to the past.

Next to some bodies of water where I've camped (some in camp grounds) there potentially are state, federal and/or Native American rules and regulations.
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The wife and I just returned from 5 days at the Silver Slipper casino campground in Waveland Ms. While we were there there was a class c moho that was boondocking along south beach road. There are plenty of parking spots along the road that can accommodate an airstream. You wouldn't be on the beach but only have a two lane road with a 25mph speed limit separating you from it. Have camped the gulf pretty extensively and the silver slipper casino campground is my favorite. They have no amenities other than water, sewer and electric. There are no bath houses, playgrounds, or campstore, but the view is awesome. If you reserve in their 2nd phase the rate is only 25 a day.
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Old 11-06-2016, 10:57 AM   #23
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Ypu can dry camp directly on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore, and for free.

There is a dump station and water fill nearby, too.


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Old 11-06-2016, 04:27 PM   #24
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Ypu can dry camp directly on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore, and for free.

There is a dump station and water fill nearby, too.


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There are places along the Pacific Coast where you can reserve a camp site close to the beach, but not usually on the ocean beach itself that's continually changing with the weather and tides.

Oregon allows dry camping directly on the Pacific Ocean beach within certain areas.

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Overnight camping is allowed on sections of the Oregon Coast, not adjacent to Oregon State Parks, not within the city limits of Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, Seaside, Newport, Bandon, Gold Beach, Rockaway Beach and Manzanita. This includes overnight sleeping in tents, driftwood shelters, sleeping bags, recreational vehicles, trailers, or automobiles, nor where there are signs posted prohibiting camping. The places where one can camp on the beach tend to be remote , far from the road and not accessible by automobile. If you choose to make camp on the beach, be prepared to break camp on request and always practice beach safety.

If your hiking you can find places to camp along or next to various beaches. AS far as driving and parking a vehicle on a beach in a non designated campground it may prove to be difficult or impossible to find.

Perhaps there are local jurisdictions where vehicle camping is allowed directly on a beach without designated campsites. Correct me if I'm wrong, I don't believe vehicle beach camping is allowed within National parks unless from designated campsites or you're hiking and tent camping.

National Forests you can disperse camp in various types of environments if you follow the disperse camping rules. I've disperse camped in a single camp I would create, with and without a RV, for up to two weeks at a time. Your suppose to leave a camp site the same or better than when first arrived. I normally pack out my own and any garbage left behind from previous campers.
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Perhaps Padre Island National Seashore and other National Parks there are exceptions.

Normally when inside a National Park one can't choose where to vehicle camp. All the vehicle camp areas I've come across are normally pre-designated.
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At Padre Island NS, you can just pull out onto the beach, and set up camp.

It is beautiful, and an amazing experience for people like us in the Midwest.

I believe there is 17 miles of beach there, and you can camp on any of it.


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Another vote for the Silver Slipper Casino. We bought our Airstream from Ron at at Foley's in Gulf Port, Mississippi and the Silver Slipper was the first place we camped. Park in the newer section if you have a front living set up. The views of the gulf are awesome. We were there in early April and the campground was almost empty.
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:40 PM   #28
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On my first cross country trip, I left S Padre and happened upon a little place called Port Lavaca, TX. At the time I did not have a generator and my water pump had failed, so I stayed at a little campground nearby. There were several folks setup 20' from the gulf shore. I can't wait to get back and dry camp there!Click image for larger version

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