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Old 02-26-2015, 02:43 PM   #29
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My favorite so far is the Outer Banks. I stayed at all 4 national campgrounds last year.

Oregon Inlet
Cape Hatteras (Buxton, Cape Point)
Frisco
Ocracoke Island

Campgrounds - Cape Hatteras National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 02-26-2015, 02:59 PM   #30
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(if I could find a way to take my camper to Hawaii...)
We went to St John USVI last spring, there was a small Jayco camper down the road from us parked in someones back yard.
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Old 02-27-2015, 04:22 PM   #31
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Not really Scamp friendly but still our favorite beach front camping spot is Portsmouth Island on Cape Lookout NS (much less famous and much more inaccessible than her sister to the north, Cape Hatteras NS).

While you can take your camper over (we had our 16' Scamp there once), tent camping or one of the Park Service cabins are better options as there are no paved roads or services of any type on the island. There are seldom more than 50-60 people there at its busiest time.

The only access is by boat; a private ferry from Morris Marina out of Atlantic can carry 4-6 vehicles


Camping is permitted between the dunes and high tide line in most places on the twenty mile long island. A group of us were there last March;


Sunrise scenes from our tent



This visitor was kind enough to share his/her beach with us


There's an abandoned village on the north end with a restored Coast Guard Station, Methodist Church, School; Post Office and a dozen or so homes



The NPS cabins are directly on the beach and rent for around $125/night (six bunk beds, stove, john, shower)
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Old 02-27-2015, 04:40 PM   #32
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We've experienced the mosquitos on Hatteras. I hear they are worse on Portsmouth? I can't imagine pulling a trailer in the sand. Do you need the same beach driving permit you need in Hatteras? Thanks for the great pictures. Raz
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Raz, the Mosquitos can certainly be vicious there and the greenheads even worse but, if you stay on the ocean side of the dunes and if the wind is from offshore as it normally is, neither is much of a problem. Trust me, if they were an issue, my wife would NOT be a fan of the place and we wouldn't have made at least one trip over for the past thirty five years.

Although we took our 16' over once, it's not something I'd recommend. I posted this because not too many people are familiar with Cape Lookout NS and, in my opinion, it has the most pristine beaches on the east coast. The Park Service cabins aren't too bad and they're within walking distance of the ferry landing for those who don't tent or may not have a 4WD vehicle.

At this time, a permit is not required for beach driving on Cape Lookout but I expect that to change in the near future.

Cindy and I have a trip planned for the first weekend in May and you'd be more than welcome to join us.

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Cindy and I have a trip planned for the first weekend in May and you'd be more than welcome to join us.

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Thank you for the kind offer. For now, the puppy is too young (or perhaps we're too old) for such adventure. Maybe when she has calmed down a little more. After such a long winter we will most likely head for OBX once the garden is planted. Mid May on. Perhaps we'll see you if you head home up route 12. Raz
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Puppies and old folks both do well on Portsmouth. One of the couples on our trip last year had a retired Army ordnance detection dog. It was kind of neat seeing her check out our screen room before letting anyone in her family enter.

Let us know when you head down to the OBX. If you come down I95 and turn east on 64 in Rocky Mount, you'll pass within a mile or so of our home. We make several trips each year to the Hatteras area and usually stay at the NPS Frisco campground. Maybe we'll make it at the same time this year.

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Thanks for the great info, folks. We are heading from NC to FL in late March or April, but have never been that way for camping before.
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Does it have to be in the camper? If you ever get a chance and can get a site, Steep Ravine Environmental CG just over the Golden Gate from SF was probably our most memorable campground at the beach. Tent or cabin rentals, used to be only 3 cabins. Wonderful but long hike up Mt Tam from the CG.





Campsite was $3, now it's $25.
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Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ft Pickins Pensacola Fl. Unbelievable beautiful and close to everything you might need but look to the south at night and you are alone in the world.
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Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ft Pickins Pensacola Fl. Unbelievable beautiful and close to everything you might need but look to the south at night and you are alone in the world.
We'll be there in a few weeks if all goes well.
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Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ft Pickins Pensacola Fl. Unbelievable beautiful and close to everything you might need but look to the south at night and you are alone in the world.
I would echo this - a fantastic spot! We've got some pics from our time there on our blog. Amazing sunsets. The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick: Going For A Walk: Fort Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:06 PM   #41
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Our love for Casitas started at Ft. Pickens. We were on our way to the fort when we spied the campground. As is our habit, we never miss a campground drive through. What a gorgeous place. I'm not big into sand with no shade, but this place had the shade, sand, unbelievable blue water and Casitas! I think it was just after Christmas 2012 and there was a Casita rally going on! What in the world! Seemed like 100's of them. We'd seem a few in MI, but this was amazing! Of course I made my husband talk to the first person we saw, probably someone from this site. We gained a lot of information that day and now own our own little casita! It was our first time in that part of FL. So much to see and do in that area. Next time the Air museum and camping!
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Nancy - have you checked out the Blue Angel practice schedule on their website. Pensacola NAS is their home base and they practice there. You can watch them from the sea wall at the western tip of the island right there in the fort area. They also have big air shows in November and July. The July show is on the beach by the Pensacola Beach pier.
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