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Campgrounds on the Ocean in Florida

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author image Richard Corrigan
Richard Corrigan has been a full-time professional writer since 2010. His areas of expertise include travel, sports and recreation, gardening, landscaping and the outdoors. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY Geneseo in 2009.
Campgrounds on the Ocean in Florida
Tents on the beach in the Everglades. Photo Credit dosecreative/iStock/Getty Images

Florida's Atlantic coast is home to a wide range of camping options, with modern RV parks and secluded tent sites within footsteps of the water. Whether you want to lose yourself in nature or experience all the comforts of home, Florida provides a variety of options from the Georgia line down to the Keys, with ample opportunities for swimming, surfing, ocean kayaking and fishing as an added bonus.

North Coast Camping

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area spans 144 acres on a narrow strip of land between the Matanzas River and the Atlantic Ocean. Campers can choose among 35 campsites with water, electricity, picnic tables and campfire rings. The sites are open and spacious, making them ideal for RVs, but tent camping is also permitted. The recreation area includes half a mile of beach, and the campsites are close enough to the water that you can see the ocean and hear the waves from your site. Boardwalks lead from the campground down to the surf, where you can go for a swim, soak up the sun or cast a line for flounder, redfish and numerous other species. Kayak and bicycle rentals are available in the park, and a 3/4-mile nature trail explores a rich landscape of coastal hammock forest.

Miles of Open Coast

Canaveral National Seashore is one of the wildest places on Florida's Atlantic coast, and this rich wilderness encompasses more than 57,000 acres of pristine forests, beaches, salt marshes and coastal estuaries. While Canaveral National Seashore does not include a developed campground, intrepid campers can choose among roughly a dozen primitive backcountry tent sites. These sites are scattered along the beach and throughout the many islands that dot the waters of Mosquito Lagoon. They can only be accessed on foot or by water. No amenities are available at the campsites, so you must bring all necessary supplies with you, including drinking water. A permit is required, which can be obtained from the park's Visitor Center upon arrival.

Everglades Adventures

Everglades National Park protects over 1.5 million acres of wilderness at the southernmost tip of the Florida mainland. This vast area represents the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and provides a home for numerous rare and endangered animals. In addition to unparalleled opportunities for hiking, fishing, kayaking and nature viewing, the Everglades include several camping options. If you want to camp close to the water, the Flamingo Campground is the place to be. This campground consists of nearly 250 drive-in campsites -- many of them with electrical hookups -- and a primitive tent camping area, all within walking distance of the beach. Restrooms, solar-heated showers, RV dumping stations, picnic tables and campfire rings are provided.

Camping in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are known for their white sand beaches and crystal clear waters that support a wealth of aquatic life. Spend the night in this island paradise at Long Key State Park, which provides 60 campsites with a view of the ocean. The campground is mostly open, with scattered palm trees for shade, and the sites include a picnic table, grill, drinking water and electrical hookup. The campground is equally suitable for tents and RVs. Centrally located bathhouses offer hot showers and modern restrooms, and visitors can easily stroll down to the beach to take a swim, catch a few fish, paddle a kayak along the shoreline or go snorkeling in designated areas.

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