How to Camp On the Beach

by Free Traveler on August 16, 2012

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If you’re fortunate enough to be near an ocean, you may want to consider camping on the beach. Not only is it a relatively relaxed and comfortable place to sleep but there’s nothing like waking up to the sound of waves and crisp sea air. However, camping on the beach can’t be done everywhere. In addition, unless you have the proper gear, you might find yourself freezing and with sand up your crack. In the following article you will find everything you need to know about camping on the beach around the world.

The Best Beaches to Camp On

If you ask me, I would say that the beaches of the world should all be open to the public at all times. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The majority of beaches near cities and towns, especially in the US and Europe have restrictions on beach use. They usually close sometime around sunset and camping is generally prohibited. While many beaches do offer designated camping areas, they usually aren’t free. In this case, the best thing to do is to search out a secluded spot well away from the city.

Sleeping on the Beach with a Tent

Tents are best to use when sleeping on a very isolated beach where you are least likely to be disturbed. It is a good idea to set it up a good distance from the water as to avoid potential rising tides. Also, at night, due to localized low-pressure systems over the ocean, the wind it blows out towards sea. So, if there are sand dunes, try and set up behind the dunes. This will help keep you protected from the winds and out of sight from potential thieves. Both of which will help you rest better.

Without a Tent

Although a tent provides warmth and protection from the elements, it also creates a bigger target for robbers or police to spot. Therefore, when sleeping on popular beaches near cities, it is best to sleep without one. Again, it is a good idea to bunk up next to a sand dune. If none are around, dig yourself a hole to crawl into. Remember to stay out of sight.

Staying Warm and Comfortable

As a result of the wind, the beach is often one of the coldest places to sleep at night. In order to stay warm you need to bring lots of layered clothing, a warm beanie (hat), and ideally a sleeping bag, preferably synthetic and waterproof. If you are still cold, one method is to bury yourself in the sand. Although sand is not the best insulator, it will still provide some warmth. Check out this article for general info on important gear for sleeping outdoors.

Staying Safe

When you sleep outdoors, there is always a chance that you will meet robbers and thieves. While is Scandinavia and most of Europe it is not as common, in developing countries there is a high chance. In my experience, if you are approached by a robber, the best thing to do to avoid being robbed is to simply act more crazy than them. They never see that coming and they usually walk away muttering to themselves. So, be sure to get your crazy on. However, the best method to avoid being hurt is to simply submit and give the robber your things.

Compared to sleeping on city streets, sleeping on the beach is a much better option. It is usually much quieter, the sand is softer than pavement, and you generally won’t be disturbed as often. However, if you are spotted by a person with ill intent, it is less likely your cries for help will be heard. So be sure to either hand over the goods, or get your crazy on. Good luck and sweet dreams.