Delaware might not be the first place that springs to mind when planning a beach camping trip, but with 28 miles of coastline, the state has plenty of oceanfront real estate that you can call home for a night or two. The state’s eight beaches each have their own distinct style, from the young and energetic Dewey Beach to the easygoing, family-friendly charms of Fenwick Island.
Aside from the natural beauty, the allure of a Delaware beach camping trip is that the state’s coastline is often overlooked for some of the more obvious coastal destinations nearby. (Ocean City, anyone?) So pack up your camping gear and head to Delaware, where you’ll enjoy all that beach camping has to offer — except the crowds.
10 Destinations for a Delaware Beach Camping Getaway This Summer
Nestled among pine-covered dunes, Cape Henlopen’s campground can accommodate any kind of camper. The campground offers sites for large rigs with hookups, 20 walk-in tent campsites adjacent to the Walking Dunes Trail and 12 camping cabins that share a communal bathhouse. All campers have access to the bathhouses with showers, dump stations, a recycling station and a playground. The campground’s shaded campsites are appreciated on a hot summer day, and the quick walk to the beach means that the sun and fun of the Atlantic Ocean is just a few steps away.
For those who need a break from the water, the Seaside Nature Center and Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area are all fun activities within the park.
“We visited off season (early April) and absolutely loved it. The location was great and the beaches are quiet. I hear it gets packed and I see that it’s hard to book if you don’t book early. Our experience was awesome!” —The Dyrt camper Chris G.
Located just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, Deep Branch Family Campground offers both open and wooded sites with hookups for RVs and tent campers alike. Facilities on site include a bathhouse with showers, laundry, a dump station and a playground. Although this campground isn’t directly on the beach, it’s just a short drive to everything the area has to offer — swimming and sunbathing on the beaches, fishing in Delaware Bay, shopping at the tax-free outlet malls or eating out at a number of local restaurants.
“The road through the campsite is a bit tight, but we were able to navigate our 37 foot motorhome. Most of the sites are seasonal campers, and the transient sites are scattered throughout the campground. Wonderful, friendly people. Clean. It is a short drive to the beaches, but the rate is so much better than other campgrounds that it’s worth it.”— The Dyrt camper Jeff W.
One of Delaware’s most popular beach camping spots, Delaware Seashore State Park has two campgrounds on each side of the Indian River Inlet. Campers with bigger rigs should head to the North Inlet campground, which features three-point hookups as well as standard sites without hookups.
The South Inlet campground has tent camping sites available. Both campgrounds are open year-round and are within walking distance of the beach. There are bathhouses and laundry services available at the campgrounds as well as easy access to restaurants, a marina and biking and walking trails.
“Beautiful park right across from the beach. Took a group of 20 tent camping here and it went great! Have done it for multiple years now and every time it is a great experience. “— The Dyrt camper Nicole S.
The closest campground to Rehoboth Beach, Big Oaks Family Campground is just 2.5 miles from the popular sun and surf spot. The seasonal campground offers tent camping sites with water and electric, pop-up sites with water and electric and full-hookup RV sites. While most visitors come for the close beach access, the campground itself has no shortage of things to do. Art contests, bingo, shuffleboard, and billiards are just a few of the fun activities offered at the campground, and an on-site playground and pool will keep the kids busy — plus there’s free ice cream cones!
Great location minutes away from Lewes beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, and Rehoboth Beach and about a 45 min drive from Ocean City and Assateague Island with the wild horses…If you want to go to the beaches at a great price stay here.”— The Dyrt camper Rich E.
Located close to the Delaware Beaches, The Resort at Massey’s Landing is an upscale RV resort and waterfront campground on the shores of Rehoboth Bay. Camping options include glamping safari tents and waterfront RV sites. Beachfront cottages are also available to rent.
The campground has fun amenities, like a swim-up cocktail bar, onsite restaurants and a private beach. As you might expect, the campground has all of the usual campground amenities like showers as well as some additional perks, such as pet services and an arcade. Rehoboth Beach on the Atlantic Ocean is just 30 minutes away.
“Been here twice now. Very pet friendly which is huge for us. It is a bit of a ride to Rehoboth Beach but you don’t have to venture out. They have a swim up bar (pool is separated, kids side and adult side) and a bar and restaurant right next to the private campers beach. Staff has always been friendly. We plan on visiting once a year.”— The Dyrt camper Jason B.
Set on 32 acres that can accommodate big rigs and tents alike, Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park Camp Resort is a destination in and of itself. Amenities include a swimming pool, dog run, playground, volleyball, horseshoe pits and a game room, as well as clean bathrooms and a laundry facility. It’s a quick trip to Delaware Beaches State Park to check out the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, state parks, outlet shopping and casinos, as well as all of the swimming, seashell collecting and sunning that the beach has to offer. If you’re looking for a campground that’s close to everything, Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park Camp Resort is your spot.
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Located on Peppers Creek, a tributary of the Indian River Bay, Gulls Way Campground is just 10 minutes away from Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. Gulls Way Campground is a quiet, modern campground that is open seasonally. The campground caters primarily to seasonal campers who want to stay throughout the warm weather months. Campground amenities include water and sewer, individual electric meters, two swimming pools, bathhouses and a marina.
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Offering more than 100 acres of camping on the shores of Assawoman Bay, Treasure Beach RV Park and Campground has 1,000 Delaware beach camping sites, many located on the waterfront, for campers to enjoy. Each RV site is equipped with water, electric, sewer and cable TV hookups, and all tent sites come with water and electric. Campground amenities include two lifeguarded pools and a splash pad, a playground, jumping pillow, bike rentals, fishing and crabbing piers, paddleboat rentals and more. The campground is located just one mile west of Fenwick Island, a destination for beachgoers who prefer a quiet and peaceful ocean atmosphere.
Just 10 minutes down the road from the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, Holly Lake Campground offers hundreds of campsites for tent and RVs, as well as 30 cabins, all tucked into the woods. Tent sites have water and electric and RV sites have water, septic and 30 or 50 amps of electric. All campers have access to clean bathhouses, a laundromat, game room, camp store, swimming pool and fun activities like Frisbee golf and mini golf. Holly Lake Campsites also makes a great Delaware beach camping base for exploring nearby Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey beaches.
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Billed as having a great family atmosphere, Homestead Campground is conveniently located just inland from Cape Henlopen State Park and Rehoboth Beach. This Delaware beach camping spot offers camping cabins, full-service RV campsites and pop-up and tent sites with water and electric. With a number of fun amenities, including two Olympic size pools, a splash pad, horseshoe pits, fishing pond and dock, a dog park and more, you might find yourself on the beach less often than you think. Venturing outside of the campground you’ll find all of Sussex Shore’s best attractions, including dining, golf, beaches and boardwalks.
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- Holly Lake Campsites, Millsboro, DE
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