Winter might be feeling long at this point. and you aren't the only one craving a warm-weather vacation. We don't blame you. Once the excitement of the holiday season fades, cold weather and work days seem to stretch out in all directions.
But you can plan an affordable, warm-weather escape... by camping!
Enjoy the sun and surf from one of these 5 campgrounds, and you'll save plenty of money to splurge on seafood and beach activities to round out your coastal getaway.
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All that stands between you and the crashing waves of Carlsbad State Park is this staircase. The campground is perched at the top, where you'll wake up to ocean views and the sound of the ocean.
This particular stretch of coastline is known for soft sand and consistent surf. It's a great spot for surfing, swimming, or just parking on a blanket and enjoying the sun. Plus, San Diego is only a thirty-minute car ride away, so you can add a night on the town to your beach getaway.
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Explore by sea or land at Crystal Cove State Park. There are a variety of hiking and snorkeling opportunities, just a hop from your tent. The Orange County coast will not disappoint. Pick up some wine and fresh fish for a fancy camp cookout -- but you'll have to use a gas grill as open campfires are not allowed.
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Soak in the Florida Keys at the full-service campground at Long Key State Park. There are 60 sites and each one overlooks the bright blue ocean. Nature lovers will dig this spot -- it's known for excellent birding and fishing.
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This might just be the island paradise from your dreams, with soft sand beaches, flanked by jungle covered mountains. Kahana Valley State Park is downright stunning. It's located on the northeastern side of Oahu, so you'll enjoy sunrises over the ocean each morning. Plentiful trees mean you can pitch your tent in the shade, or hang a hammock for extra relaxation.
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Enjoy some forested hiking and a bike ride to nearby beaches. This North Carolina state park offers secluded campgrounds that feel peaceful and quiet, thanks to plenty of shady trees. If you're looking to escape the chaos of life for some relaxing time in the woods, plus a dip in the ocean, this spot is for you.
Your warm weather getaway this winter doesn't have to include towel animals and all-inclusive cocktails for you to achieve peak relaxation and fun. Go find your beach campground an you'll return feeling relaxed and recharged, without feeling broke.
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Winter is a great time for an impromptu vacation. Especially in March when the holidays are long gone but summer is still months away.
Winter has a way of making each of these destinations a little extra special. And with fewer crowds than during peak summer and holiday months, now is the time to check them out.
Here are 6 Places in the U.S. we'd like to visit this winter.