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9 Best Campgrounds on the Beach in Virginia for Your Seaside Escape

We love beach camping along the scenic shoreline of Virginia for a relaxing experience. From the peaceful shores of Chincoteague Island to the hidden gems along the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia offers a range of beachside campgrounds for a perfect coastal escape. Today, we are taking a look at nine of our favorite campgrounds on the beach in Virginia.

Get ready to start planning your next beach camping adventure to Virginia. Let’s dive in!

Where Can You Camp on the Beach in Virginia?

While busier locations like Virginia Beach do not allow overnight camping on the beach, some Virginia state parks allow primitive camping. False Cape State Park and First Landing State Park allow visitors to pitch a tent right on the beach. Additionally, campers can enjoy beach camping off the coast of Virginia on Assateague Island National Seashore.

Pro Tip: Make sure you know The Rewards and Dangers of RV Beach Camping before you go.

What Are the Best Beaches in Virginia?

The best Virginia beach is a matter of opinion, but we have visited some amazing ones. Virginia Beach is a classic destination for families wanting to spend their days in the sand and evenings on the boardwalk. Sandbridge Beach offers a tranquil escape for nature lovers looking to explore the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. 

Additionally, Chincoteague Island is known for its unspoiled beauty. A short drive from Chincoteague Island is Assateague Island National Seashore. Here you might see wild horses along the stunning coastlines. Colonial Beach comes with the charm of a small-town feel along the Potomac River.  Each of these Virginia beaches promises a unique and memorable coastal experience.

Beautiful Virginia beach sunrise
Virginia has many stunning beaches worth spending some time camping at.

9 Best Campgrounds on the Beach in Virginia 

Sleeping steps away from the ocean is an unforgettable experience. Dip your toes in the sand while staying at these nine amazing campgrounds on the beach in Virginia.  

1. Jellystone Park Chincoteague Island, VA

Jellystone Park is in the heart of Chincoteague and steps from white sandy beaches.

Location: Jellystone Park is located in Chincoteague, close to white sandy beaches. While there is no camping directly on the beach, you are about 3 miles to the ocean.

Facilities:

  • RV rentals, campsites, deluxe cabins, and tent sites.
  • RV campsites: $40-100/night, full hookups, 50-amp electric service, Wi-Fi, cable, picnic table, and fire pit.
  • Tent sites: $40/night (primitive).
  • Cabin lodging: $100/night.

Pets: Welcomed!

Amenities:

  • Entry passes to Maui Jack waterpark included.
  • Lazy river, Keko’s Bar and Grill, and waterslides for kids.
  • Themed weekends and events.
  • Rentals: Bikes, golf carts, kayaks, and paddleboards.

2. False Cape State Park

False Cape State Park is a primitive camping, tent-only campsite. Resting along the Atlantic coast, False Cape State Park is one of the last remaining underdeveloped coastal areas in Virginia.

Location: False Cape State Park, along the Atlantic coast in Virginia.

Type: Primitive, tent-only camping.

Features:

  • One of Virginia’s last underdeveloped coastal areas.
  • 12 sites at an average of $25/night.
  • Reservations required in advance (no same-day reservations).
  • Call 800-933-PARK for reservations.
  • Confirmation documentation sent by mail, required for entry.

Campsites: Spread across four areas:

  • Barbour Hill Bay
  • Barbour Hill Ocean
  • False Cape Landing Bay
  • False Cape Landing Ocean

Amenities:

  • Drinking water available at three locations.
  • No vehicles allowed; explore by foot or bicycle.

Pets: Not allowed.

3. North Landing Beach Campground and RV Resort

Camp on a private beach at North Landing Beach Campground and RV Resort. This luxury beach campground in Virginia has 150 RV sites and 63 rentable cottages along its 1200 feet of private, sandy beach. Additionally, it is a 40-minute drive from Virginia Beach. Due to its location and ammenities this one is expensive.

Location: North Landing Beach Campground and RV Resort, 40 minutes from Virginia Beach.

Pricing: $55-$130/night, varies by season.

Features:

  • Private beach with 1200 feet of sandy shoreline.
  • 150 RV sites and 63 rentable cottages.

Amenities:

  • Full hook-up sites (sewer, water, power).
  • Dump station available.
  • Options for back-in and pull-thru sites; big-rig-friendly.
  • Free Wi-Fi, cable, and 30/50 amp service.
  • On-site store, ice cream, and pizza parlor.
  • Adult-only rec center with pool and fitness center.

Recreational Facilities:

  • Volleyball pit, swimming pool, playground.
  • Water games area, kayak and canoe rental center.
  • Scheduled activities for guests.
Relax On Virgina Beaches
An empty bench sits amidst the dunes of Assateague Island National Seashore

4. Virginia Beach KOA

Virginia Beach KOA is a potential home base for your Virginia Beach adventures. This campsite offers big-rig-friendly RV spots and tent sites.

Location: Virginia Beach KOA, ideal for Virginia Beach adventures.

Facilities:

  • Big-rig-friendly RV spots and tent sites.
  • RV sites: Full hook-up, 50/30 and 30/20 electric amp options.
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, cable, picnic table, fire pit.
  • RV site pricing: $100-$130/night.
  • Camping cabins: Accommodate 4-8 people, priced at $100-$115/night

Recreational Facilities:

  • Adventure park with ziplines and slides.
  • Bike and golf cart rentals are available.
  • Campsite trolley shuttle service for beach access.

Pets: Allowed for an additional fee. On-site dog park available.

5. Chippokes Plantation State Park 

Chippokes Plantation State Park campground sits along the James River in Virginia and offers campsites and cabins with beach access. While not beach access, it has beautiful waterfrontage.

Location: Chippokes Plantation State Park, along the James River in Virginia.

Facilities:

  • Beach access, campsites, and cabins.
  • First loop: 18 pull-thru sites with electrical and water hookups (paved and level).
  • Second loop: 31 wilderness sites for tents, pop-ups, and RVs under 30 feet (unleveled).
  • Four cabins available.
  • Pricing: Campsites at $40/night, cabins at $140/night.

Amenities:

  • Beach access and multiple nature trails.
  • On-site pool and amphitheater.
  • Public showers and laundry facilities.

Availability: Open from the first Friday in March to the first Monday in December.

Pets: Allowed in the state park and campsite (must be leashed). Not allowed in the cabins.

6. Kiptopeke State Park

Kiptopeke State Park is in the Delmarva Peninsula along the Chesapeake Bay. With 5.1 miles of hiking and biking trails, a playground, and a beach, there is something for everyone.

Location: Kiptopeke State Park, Delmarva Peninsula along the Chesapeake Bay.

Facilities:

  • 5.1 miles of hiking and biking trails, playground, and beach.
  • Accommodations:
    • Two three-bedroom cabins.
    • Five six-bedroom lodges.
    • Four yurts.
    • 53 tent sites.
    • 66 RV sites (electric and water).
    • 27 RV sites (electric, water, and sewer).
  • Pricing: Cabins at $130/night, RV sites at $30-40/night.

Activities:

  • Fishing pier and boating.
  • Seasonal educational programs on local history and ecosystem, focusing on migratory birds.

Pets: Allowed at campsites (must be leashed on the shoreline).

Trees On Beach Against Clear Blue Sky
Snooze just steps from Virginia’s sandy shorelines.

7. Monroe Bay Campground

Camp by the beach like a Virginia local at Monroe Bay Campground. Sitting along the water, this stunning campsite is great for watching the sun rise and set. It is a short drive from Colonial Beach.

Location: Monroe Bay Campground, near Colonial Beach.

Features:

  • Beachfront campsite, ideal for sunrise and sunset views.
  • Over 300 tent and RV campsites.
  • RV amenities: Water and electricity; 100 sites with sewer service.
  • Two on-site dump locations for RVs.

Facilities:

  • Picnic tables, restrooms, and showers.
  • Playground, game room, and white sand beach.
  • Camp store: Supplies, propane gas, and food.

Reservations: Contact via the campground’s Facebook page for reservations and rate inquiries.

8. Sun Outdoors Cape Charles

Sun Outdoors Cape Charles has 300 acres of waterfront campsites for visitors to stay along the warm waters of Cape Charles.

Location: Sun Outdoors Cape Charles, along the waters of Cape Charles.

Size: 300 acres of waterfront campsites.

Facilities:

  • Over 700 campsite options: RV sites, tent sites, cottages, and glamping tents.
  • 481 RV sites: Ranging from water and electricity to full hook-ups.
  • Electric hook-ups: 30-amp and 50-amp.
  • RV site pricing: $15-45/night.

Amenities:

  • Five swimming pools and a splash pad.
  • Cafe and lounge area.
  • 18-hole mini golf, volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts.
  • Pet-friendly with a large dog park.
  • Three licensed fishing piers, kayak and paddle board rentals.
  • Resort-wide Wi-Fi and a shuttle service.
virginia bay
Whether you want to camp in a tent or a trailer, Virginia has a spot near the water for you.

9. Surfside at Sandbridge

Surfside at Sandbridge is a luxury RV resort in Virginia Beach. This facility is a little different in that its mostly privately owned, but you can still rent lots by the night.

Location: Surfside at Sandbridge, Virginia Beach.

RV Restrictions:

  • Welcomes motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and park model trailers.
  • Does not permit Class B RVs, pop-up tent campers, and ground tents.
  • RV size limit: 45 feet long and 14 feet wide (with slides out).

Facilities:

  • 250 full hook-up RV sites.
  • Electrical hook-ups: 20, 30, and 50-amp.
  • Campsite pricing: Starting at $120/night.

Amenities:

  • Two pools, fitness room, playground.
  • Tennis and basketball courts.
  • Laundry rooms, bathhouses, and dog walks.
  • Private boat ramp.
  • Rentals: Kayaks, paddle boards, and bikes.

When Is the Best Time to Camp in Virginia?

For those who want to lay out in the sand catching a tan, summer beach camping in Virginia is ideal. However, while the summer months are peak beach season, hot and humid weather can make for an unpleasant camping experience. Additionally, with the humidity comes mosquitoes, which can quickly sour a camping experience. Spring and fall offer some of the best weather for camping in Virginia. The milder temperatures and reduced crowds provide a more comfortable camping experience. 

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Rest and Relax on a Seaside Escape in Virginia

Whether you’re going for a swim in Virginia Beach or crabbing in the Chesapeake, Virginia’s beachside campgrounds promise an unforgettable experience. So, pack your bags, set up your campsite, and let the ocean breeze guide you toward a restful escape along Virginia’s beaches.

Which Virginia campground would you like to spend the night at? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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