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Old 02-12-2009, 12:32 AM   #15
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My first times camping out was on the beach, South Padre Island. Mainly we would just camp out under the stars with a tarp shade at times. But on one trip a friend of mine had a small travel trailer (not fiberglass), too keep the sand out of it we had a bucket of water by the door to wash the sand off our feet. We pulled a lot of people out the the sand with my old '46 Jeep as well. When I took my kids down to see the beach on a Spring Break (later than most of the Texas Breaks), I would not take my C-class RV onto the beach itself (keep from getting it stuck) but we did park near the entrance to the beach as a day camp and then later at a pull off of the major road and also at a nice county park campgound at the south end of the island. We had also gone to Mustang Island and stayed at the State Park there. Camping is behind the dunes from the beach, a short walk to the beach. Be sure to wash the egg off as soon as possible once you get away from the beach area to get the salt spray off of any metal areas as well as the tow vechle. Beach camping is fun but the sand can get all over if not careful, and the salt is in the air and in the sand as well. I grew up in the Gulf Coast some mile from the Gulf but we had a lot of rust on our cars and trucks, etc. One can normally get way from the Spring Break Crowds by keeping away from the Condo and Hotels and South Padre the town. One can drive miles down the beach to get away from the crowds. Drive on the wet sand to keep from getting stuck.

Goose Island State Park, surrounded by the St. Charles and Aransas Bays, is located north of Rockport & near Freeport in Aransas County. Nice area by the Gulf of Mexico. I want to do this one someday.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findade...s/goose_island/

Mustang Island State Park with about 5 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico in Nueces County, south of Port Aransas. We liked this one for the beach.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findade...mustang_island/

ISLA BLANCA PARK a Cameron County Park on South Padre Island has a nice campground. http://www.co.cameron.tx.us/park/blanca.htm

We have not taken our Scamp to the Gulf Coast yet. But would stay at one of the above sites. We have been to some beach camping on the California coast with the egg. But not right on the beach, such as the photo of Carpenteria State Park, CA.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:37 PM   #16
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Anyone ever camped on the beach with their egg? In particular near the Gulf of Mexico?
We no longer have an egg(bought a 16.5 stick built with a slide), but just returned from a 7 week, 6000 mile trip from Toronto to Brownsville Tx. There are several places on the barrier islands off the gulf coast of Texas where you can camp on the beach. Matagorda, Mustang, Padre, and South Padre Islands all have some areas for overnight camping. We went to South Padre for a couple nights and ended up staying 12 days because we enjoyed it so much. The further south you go the warmer it gets, so South Padre wins. The weekends bring locals with pickups full of skids for campfires so the noise and activity levels spike upwards but the local police patrolled regularly. We saw everything from horseback riding, fishing, picknicking, kite boarding, metal detecting, tractor trailer loads of round bales delivered down the beach for sand dune retention, and even a few brave souls going in for a swim. Weeknights by comparison were kind of boring. While we were there a construction company was laying water and sewer pipe along the highway which probably means more hotels and possibly an end to the ability to camp there in the future. As others have mentioned watch the tide levels, and be prepared for high winds(don't leave your awnings out overnight).
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:56 PM   #17
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Sounds nice Bill, we were going to try a trip yet this winter but plans have changed. Maybe next year.
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I grew up camping at Pismo Beach, now called Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, the only drivable stretch of coast in California. Too true about high tide. When my dad's mom used to visit from Utah, Dad would tow the trailer down to the beach and park her there for the weekend or the week. After work he'd join her there, but Grandma just stayed at the beach. One morning we came back to discover Grandma's trailer had (thankfully) been moved by some charitable soul. It seems a plus-tide had come in, and Dad hadn't planned on that!

We haven't taken our FGT down yet, in large part because we haven't had it all that long, and in LARGER part because of the havoc the salty sand plays on anything metal (ahem - frame). Yes, the salt spray gets on EVERYTHING even if you keep the trailer out of the ocean. And sand? You'll be cleaning out sand for, well, forever.

Still, there's nothing like camping ON the sand! (We do it in the tent these days - easier to pick up and dump out.)

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Old 03-29-2009, 09:06 AM   #19
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We camped with some other Oliver owners at Ft. Desoto (near St. Petersburg, FL) last month, and I'd call it beach camping. We could see Egmont Key from our rear window, and had a nice little sand beach at the rear of our campsite. Lots of wading birds. Here's our campsite:

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And the view from our picnic table:

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PS The weather's a lot better this week... Looks like the "cold front" has moved out. Highs were in the 70's today again.
Fort DeSoto State Park is one of the prettiest Florida parks I've visited (and I've hit many of them). I'm going to show my wife your photos!
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:15 PM   #20
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We stayed at Huntington Beach State Park near Destin, Florida in the panhandle three years ago. What a great park! It had a boardwalk down to a great beach and one of the best campsites we have stayed in. Highly recommended.
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theres a great place in nor cal called gold bluffs campground near orick ca. its flat out the coolest beach camp Ive ever been too. it has FLUSH toilets and solar showers. theres only 27 sites. on the web sites it says no trailers but Ive seen pop ups and small trailers there. its down an awesome 5 mi dirt road and there is this place called fern canyon near it that is unbelievably cool. if your ever in nor cal check it out!
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theres a great place in nor cal called gold bluffs campground near orick ca. its flat out the coolest beach camp Ive ever been too. it has FLUSH toilets and solar showers. theres only 27 sites. [b]on the web sites it says no trailers but Ive seen pop ups and small trailers there. its down an awesome 5 mi dirt road and there is this place called fern canyon near it that is unbelievably cool. if your ever in nor cal check it out!
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50 miles north of Eureka and 25 miles south of Crescent City on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway off of Highway 101. Latitude/Longitude: 41.4072 / -124.0192

The visitor center & Elk Prairie Campground are located at the southern end of the Parkway.

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground and Fern Canyon are accessed by Davison Road, which is, located 3 miles north of Orick off of Highway 101. 50 miles from Eureka and Crescent City.

Davison Road, the access road to Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach, has vehicle limitations 8' wide and 24' long. No trailers are allowed.
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I would say the number one rule to remember if going beach camping (especally if you pull & park in the sand) ONE: WASH & RENSE EVERY THING, TOW & TRAILER OFF AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER LEAVING. The sand, the water & the air are full of salt, it needs to be removed post haste. It is fun to be on the sand and near the water, but the salt can really start a rust problem.

Growing up in South Texas, near South Padre, I remember they used to have car washes located just before getting off the island. Not sure today.
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There is still a campground on Ft Myers Beach, FL called The Red Coconut. Beachside and more sites across Estero Blvd. Of course it is very popular and beachside sites are hard to get but if you camp across the road it is just a few feet to walk to the sandy beach. We live in the area so we camped there "off" season with no problem. Have fun. georgia g
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I can say in TX there are 4 places that I know where you can beach camp.
High Island ( near houston ) , Right before the toll bridge leaving galveston,
Matagorda ( first 3 miles is ok, next 17 mostly deep 4X4 sand )
Port Aransas to PINS south of corpus.. PINS, first 5 is ok then its deep deep sand.
PINS padre island national seashore.. bring out what you take in..
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There are lots of nice places to stay along the gulf here in the Florida panhandle, many of them state parks. Locally, our favorite is Big Lagoon State Park. It's not right on the Gulf, but on the bay side. We've also visited St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, it's a little further away, but very nice, and right on the Gulf. Also the Fort Pickens campground at the Gulf Islands National Seashore is open again after the devastation created by hurricane Ivan in 2004. I understand it's not back all the way, but being worked on.
You don't camp right on the beach at the parks, but usually within easy walking distance. We've also taken a boat to a local, isolated island and spent the night camping right on the beach, it was fun, but at this stage in our lives we prefer to stay where we have electricity, water, and a nice soft bed.

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BTW, just why can't you put an [at] sign here in the forum?
Because some people insist on making their e-mail addresses visible on the web, then blame FiberglassRV when they're spammed. The software now automatically changes all AT signs to [at], to slow down the spam bots. I know it's inconvenient at times, but you can always create a TinyURL like I did when a URL has an AT sign.
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Thanks for the explanation and, even more thanks for the great link!
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