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Top East Coast Beaches for Camping

Top East Coast Beaches for Camping

Whether you love a day of fun in the surf and sand, adrenaline-pumping watersports or relaxing by the sea, a beach camping trip has something for everyone in your family. Some of the best beaches on the East Coast are not far from campgrounds in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Yet, just north of this incredibly well-known beach destination is a new hotspot among campers — Virginia Beach. 

If you're an avid beach camper who's looking to mix it up, forget camping in OBX this year. See what Virginia Beach has to offer campers of all kinds. 

Campgrounds in Virginia Beach, VA vs. Outer Banks, NC 

While many beaches along the East Coast are well-known vacation destinations, Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks have some of the best beach campgrounds. So, if you're looking to get up close and personal with the Mid-Atlantic's coastal habitat, both of these locations are a great choice. Plus, geographically, these camping destinations give you access to some of the most popular beaches for swimming, surfing and fun on the East Coast.

While both are fantastic beach destinations, there are a lot of advantages to camping in Virginia Beach rather than choosing an OBX campground in NC.

Easy Access

Even though the Outer Banks is a top tourist destination, accessing it can be a bit tricky. This string of barrier islands sits just off the coast of North Carolina's mainland and can only be accessed by bridges or ferries. During peak vacation season, you can expect a lot of traffic, often leading to a bottleneck of vehicles trying to get in. Virginia Beach is much easier to get to, with a major interstate leading directly to the top tourist attractions along the oceanfront.

Less Driving to See the Sights

The Outer Banks includes nearly 200 miles of ocean shoreline dotted with a few towns and commercial areas here and there. If you want to see any of the sights outside your campsite, expect to do a lot of driving. When you visit Virginia Beach, you can park at one of the many lots found just off the boardwalk and spend the whole day exploring all the sights and sounds this resort town has to offer.


Yes, camping is usually about connecting with nature and getting a taste of the great outdoors, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun while you're at it. OBX may have plenty of great beaches, but their nightlife is few and far between. When you camp in Virginia Beach, you get the best of both worlds — an incredible beach camping adventure plus plenty of bars, restaurants and nightlife that is perfect for those who are planning a more grownup getaway. 

Something for Everyone When You Book Your Virginia Beach Camping Trip

If you like camping in the Outer Banks, then you'll love Virginia Beach. We only mentioned a few of the incredible advantages a beach camping trip in VA Beach will bring your way. To really experience this beautiful destination, you'll need to plan a trip and see it for yourself.  

Virginia Beach KOA Holiday® is your perfect basecamp for a Virginia Beach getaway. Experience the exciting boardwalk while still communing with nature during your coastal camping trip. Whether you prefer glamping in a cozy Deluxe Cabin or a traditional Tent Site, we have the perfect accommodations for every kind of camper. Plus, we're chock full of fun activities for all ages and comfortable amenities you're sure to love. 

Relax and have fun with your family and friends in the great outdoors when you book your stay online. You can also give us a call at 757-428-1444 to learn more. 

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