There is something special about spending time near the water and there is no better way to get to your favorite waterfront destination then by RV. RVs are one of the only modes of travel that allow you to bring many of the comforts of home and park it at the water’s edge. In many cases you can literally stay on the beach. Here we will be looking at some of the top waterfront RV destinations and we will break them down by region.
The Eastern US has many great waterfront locations. Starting in the North is Acadia National Park. To visit this great park and stay on the water try the Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA. It is a great park and the waterfront location is outstanding both for its views and for its proximity to the park and Bar Harbor.
Heading south to Maryland you will find Assateague Island which is home to the Assateague Island State park and Assateague Island National Seashore. Both parks have RV camping spaces located on or adjacent to the beach facing the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean City, MD is short drive and offers a ton of entertainment options. The RV spots here are pretty basic, no full hookups, but the atmosphere is outstanding and watching the feral horses is a unique experience.
On the Rappahannock River just before it feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, you'll find two great parks for a family getaway. Bethapage and their sister park, Grey's Point, feature river access and on-site waterparks for the kids. These two parks are consistently rated among the best in the country and for good reason.
Myrtle Beach, SC. The Grand Strand is a great destination for waterfront RVing. There are several large RV parks located here with sites that back right up to the dunes. The two largest, Lakewood and Ocean Lakes, are on the north end of town and both offer great access to all the activities the area has to offer.
Gulf Coast USA
No list of great water front RV destinations would be complete without a trip to the Florida Keys. You can call it east coast, or Gulf Coast, we call it fantastic. There are many great RV parks along the 106.5 miles of highway that pass through the islands. Some notable spots include Bahai Honda State Park, Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina, Curry Hammock State Park, and Blue Water Key RV Resort.
The Gulf Shores, Al area is a great waterfront RV destination. Buena Vista Costal RV Resort is just across from the beach and only a few minutes from town. Gulf State Park has an outstanding campground. It has several sites along a small inland lake, but the main attractions are the gulf fishing pier, a couple miles of pristine ocean beach and 25 miles of paved walking and cycling trails. It truly is a gem of a park that everyone should visit at least once.
Magnolia Beach, TX. While not a destination in and of itself, Magnolia Beach stands out as one of the best free camping beaches around. It is located about ½ way between Galveston and Corpus Christi. What makes this beach unique, aside from being free, is that it is located in an area where the tides are not very dramatic. So, you can park right on the beach with little worry of waking up wet.
South Padre Island, TX. This is beautiful and remote stretch of sand in Southern Texas and perfect for an RV. Isla Blanka RV Park is on the southern tip of the island. While its waterfront location is outstanding, the real joy here is the access to the road leading north along some of the best beaches and waterfront spaces Texas has to offer.
Fort Warden State Park Beachfront Campground in Port Townsend, WA is a fantastic location. Fort Warden itself is a great historical park to visit. Neighboring Port Townsend is a great little seaside town which provides ferry access to Whidbey Island. Olympic National Park is less than an hour away as are Seattle, Sequim and Port Angeles which all make for great day trips.
Fort Stevens State Park, Astoria, OR. Fort Stevens State Park is the west coast Gulf State Park. While you cannot camp right on the waterfront here, the camping areas are first rate and there is a large network of walking/biking trails that lead to a large stretch of beach not far from the campground. Nearby Astoria is a great seaside town rich in history and culture as is much of the surrounding area.
Cape Lookout State Park, OR. This is one of the few locations on the Oregon Coast where you can beachfront camp. Its located just south of Tillamook and offers great access to this beautiful area.
Silver Strand State Beach, CA. This beachfront gem is on the Pacific side of the San Diego Bay. This area has near perfect weather year-round and the RV park is located right on the beach. From here you also have great access to all that San Diego has to offer.
There are many great waterfront RV destinations around the world as well. New Zealand offers great RVing opportunities on both the North and South Islands. Australia has a vibrant RV scene with many great locations to visit around the coast of the island. In Europe, the Mediterranean coast offers many great locations, particularly in Spain.
RVing offers many advantages to traditional travel and that is especially true when it comes to visiting waterfront destinations. RVs will give you greater access and allow you to bring the comforts of home with you. Here we have outlined some great RV waterfront destinations but there are many more out there to explore. Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to get out there and do just that.