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Old 05-19-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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Wild camping beach front

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. My question and not looking to pull into an rv park but wild camp on the beach. Do any of you know of public land etc that might allow this? Any suggestions please. Http://pastor mingle.wordpress.com.
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:53 AM   #2
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Try looking at Padre Island TX, Edisto Beach SC, or Grand Isle LA. Not quite ON THE BEACH OR TRUE BOONDOCKING but you can trow a stone.

If you bring your own water Quartzsite AR is close.
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You can't boondock at Edisto nor at Grand aisle, I don't believe

You can boondock at Padre Island NS....pull right out onto the beach anywhere on a stretch that goes for miles and miles.

It is free, and there is a dump station and water fill nearby.

It is heavenly.


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Old 05-19-2016, 11:12 AM   #4
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Getting stuck in the sand.

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You can't boondock at Edisto nor at Grand aisle, I don't believe

You can boondock at Padre Island NS....pull right out onto the beach anywhere on a stretch that goes for miles and miles.

It is free, and there is a dump station and water fill nearby.

It is heavenly.


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When I was a much younger man my family and I lived within 12 miles of the NS @ Padre Island and I have a "boat load" of wonderful memories and a few bad ones......namely getting stuck in the sand. And I might add I never once saw any one attempting to pull a travel trailer onto the beach.
That was 40 years ago.
What has changed to make this a possibility now?

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I've seen mohos on the sand in Pismo Beach Ca.
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Old 05-19-2016, 02:33 PM   #6
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Along with those
Try:
Port Arenas texas
Sandy neck beach cape cod
Camp gulf, destin florida
Oceana dunes California


One of our bucket items Airstream in the sand in the beach.

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Old 05-19-2016, 03:05 PM   #7
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I wouldn't try it at South Padre Island, it is North Padre where you can pull out onto the beach, and it is very popular.

You stay on the packed sand, and no problems. Our Interstate has done it....twice.

I don't know what is different from 40 years ago, or where exactly you were, but we were there last in February 2014.


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Old 05-19-2016, 08:50 PM   #8
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Any closer to Alabama?
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:00 PM   #9
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Camp Gulf Destin or St George island
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Old 05-19-2016, 10:22 PM   #10
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Elephant Butte State Park in New Mexico was pretty cool when we boondocked there a couples years ago in March... Gets busy in the summer though.
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:23 AM   #11
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I wouldn't try it at South Padre Island, it is North Padre where you can pull out onto the beach, and it is very popular.

You stay on the packed sand, and no problems. Our Interstate has done it....twice.

I don't know what is different from 40 years ago, or where exactly you were, but we were there last in February 2014.


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Maggie...if my memory serves me right..The Padre Island National Seashore is called Malaquite Beach. The northern part of the island is the "County Beach"...there used to be a pier there called Bob Hall Pier. Further north from there the Island is called Mustang Island. This may have all changed since I lived there. The island used to be all one...but a hurricane cut a slice out of it thus a new name was given at the time. This was even before we lived there. South Padre Island is located from Harlingen south towards Brownsville. Regardless...it is a beautiful area. At one time you could drive clear to Mexico on that beach....starting from the Corpus area.

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I believe it is at Malaquite where you can drive out onto the beach to camp for free, then using the dump station and water fill at the county campground.

My late husband did the driving back then, and I am a bit geographically challenged....I would have to drive it myself to explain it exactly ...but you can do it there, and we have done it.

It is an incredible experience, camping right on the beach.


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Malaquite Beach or for that matter any location on this section of Padre Island is "always windy"....be prepared for a constant gail and blowing sand. I have camped under a lean-to many times on this beach....it's a wonderful place to get a really deep, deep sleep and let the stress just "blow away".

Having lived there it was fun to go out there close to the holidays when everybody else was at home. We'd set up close to the dunes to get out of the wind....build a camp fire and boil fresh shrimp. Lots of wonderful memories.
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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!
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