Let the camping season begin! Time to dust off your tent, load up the car and hit the road for a spring beach camping trip. Although the full-blown summer heat hasn’t hit yet, we think beach camping is the best way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. And since the Pacific Northwest is heaven for beach camping, we put together a guide of the coast’s best campgrounds.
PACIFIC BEACH STATE PARK, WASHINGTON
If you’re ready for beautiful views of Washington’s coastline and camping on the beach, this is the spot for you. With 20 waterfront tent sites, 41 partial-hookup sites and two yurts, Pacific Beach is the perfect escape for every type of camper.
CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT STATE PARK CAMPGROUND, WASHINGTON
Cape Disappointment is a 2,023-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula that offers yurts, cabins and unique vacation homes. Hike through the park’s old-growth forest, fish along the coastline, or take a trek up to the lighthouse and take in the view of where the Pacific Ocean meets the Columbia River below.
If you’re more into the idea of glamping rather than tent camping, Grayland Beach State Park is the perfect spot for you. The beach-front park offers 16 heated yurts, each with their own queen futon, bunk bed and outside picnic table.
A quick drive away from Portland, Fort Stevens State Park Campground is an ideal getaway for those looking to get out of the city. Located within historic Fort Stevens State Park, the 4,300 acre park offers 485 campsites and is located at the mouth of the Columbia River in the very northwest corner of Oregon.
or those looking for a beach escape with forest vibes, it doesn’t get much better than Beverly Beach State Park Campground. Hidden in a forest between Cape Foulweather and Yaquina Head, the park has 128 tent sites and 21 rustic yurts (10 of which are pet-friendly).