Sleeping by the Seashore: Where to Camp Along the Atlantic Ocean

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There's no shortage of waterfront campsites, but finding a site on the Atlantic is quite a trick. State tourism officials from Maine to Florida helped us sort through countless campgrounds to identify those that are actually oceanfront. The campsites listed here may be behind dunes, but we've been promised that in each case, you'll be within hearing range of the waves from your spot, and a short walk will take you within sight.

Fees range from $2 a night to up to $68 a night at one fancy private campground that includes cable TV hookups and a clubhouse with pools and hot tubs. But most sites are in the $20-a-night range.

New England

MAINE

* Libby's Ocean Camping. Unlimited views at the oceanfront sites on this campground at York Harbor. Open May 15 to mid-October. Info: 207-363-4171, http://libbysoceancamping.com./

* Searsport Shores. Some sites are in the woods; those on the ocean have unlimited views over miles of shoreline and a small sandy beach for lobster bakes. Open May 15-Columbus Day. Info: 207-548-6059, http://www.campocean.com/ .

* Hermit Island : This campground in Small Point has five miles of rocky coast and an area with sandy beach. Open May 15-Oct.15. Info: 207-443-2101, http://www.hermitisland.com/ .

MASSACHUSETTS

* Salisbury Beach State Reservation . Harbor seals sometimes visit this park with 3.8 miles of coast and 484 campsites behind the dunes. Open April 14-Oct. 15, and from Oct. 16-Nov. 26 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Info: 877-422-6762 or 978-462-4481, http://www.massvacation.com/ .

RHODE ISLAND

* East Beach/Ninigret Conservation Area. This state park in Charlestown has RV sites behind the dunes and two primitive camping areas linked to the beach by a sand trail. Open April 15 through October. Info: 401-322-0450, http://www.riparks.com/eastbeach.htm .

* Charlestown Breachway. State park has 75 sites for RV camping behind the dunes. Open April 15 through October. Info: 401-364-7000, http://www.riparks.com/charlesbreach.htm .

Mid-Atlantic

NEW YORK


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