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Are you tired of the same old hotel routine? Looking to spice up your vacation with a bit of adventure? Well, pack up your tent and dust off those hiking boots because we’ll give you all the information you need about campgrounds in Virginia Beach. 

Sure, hotels offer plush beds and room service, but let’s be honest – nothing beats the thrill of sleeping under the stars, waking up to the sound of chirping birds, and brewing your morning coffee amidst nature’s serene beauty. Plus, camping isn’t just for hardcore outdoor enthusiasts anymore – it’s a budget-friendly option perfect for families, couples, and solo travelers alike.

In Virginia Beach, you’ll find a plethora of campgrounds nestled along the beach, offering everything from basic tent sites to cozy cabins and RV hookups. Whether you’re craving a rustic retreat or a glamping experience fit for royalty, there’s something for everyone here.

Join us as we explore all the campgrounds in Virginia Beach, where adventure, affordability, and nature collide in the most spectacular way possible.

11 Va Beach Campgrounds MAP
11 Va Beach Campgrounds MAP

    Campgrounds in Virginia Beach: State Parks

    Family at False Camp State Park Campgrounds in Virginia Beach
    Credit: Virginia State Parks

    False Cape State Park

    4001 South Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach, VA 23457

    https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/false-cape

    (757) 426-7128

    Barbour Hill and False Cape Landing Campgrounds in False Cape State Park are in the southernmost park in Virginia Beach, nestled between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean near the North Carolina border. Although not close to the boardwalk, this area offers an adventure of its own. 

    Camping is permitted all year, but reservations are needed. Same-day reservations aren’t available. Campsites at the park are in four distinct areas—Barbour Hill Bay, Barbour Hill Ocean, False Cape Landing Bay, and False Cape Landing Ocean—separated by significant distances. For camping information, call 1-800-933-7275.

    There is no vehicular traffic allowed. Park at Little Island Park in Sandbridge and then walk, boat, or bike in. The Barbour Hill campground is six miles from the parking lot, and False Cape Landing is another two miles further. You must hike several miles through the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to reach the park. 

    This is not for the faint of heart, but you will be rewarded with a spectacular and unspoiled retreat with few other people! 

    Many of the primitive campsites have plenty of trees with shade, and camping on the beach by the dunes is allowed, depending on the tide schedule. Near the sites are semi-primitive privies, an open shower, and a drinking water spigot. Regular bathrooms are a little further down the road at the State Park office. 

    Drinking water is available at three locations in the Barbour Hill Campground (one by the contact station and two in the camping areas). False Cape Landing campers must bring their containers to transport water from the water source. Water that’s adequate for washing dishes but not for drinking is available in the False Cape Landing area

    Bring plenty of bug spray in warmer months, as the biting flies are off the charts! Dogs are allowed in; however, you may not take them through the wildlife refuge. So that means you must boat in if you wish to bring Fido. 

    You’ll want to stop by Baja’s for the best drinks and eats in Sandbridge. They often have live music too!

    Note: Campfires are only allowed during specific times of the year. Please check the signs for times and dates when you arrive. You may cook on propane stoves all year. Remember: There is NO electricity.

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    First Landing State Park  

    First Landing State Park Dunes with Walkway to Beach
    First Landing State Park Dunes with Walkway to Beach

    2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/first-landing

    (757) 412-2300

    First Landing State Park is only a short distance from the Virginia Beach boardwalk off Shore Drive but feels miles away. You’ll love the wildlife, walking trails, and beach. 

    I love that it’s situated in the vibrant heart of Virginia Beach, but is perfectly positioned for those craving a culinary adventure or a refreshing cocktail. With plenty of dining options just a quick drive beyond the park entrance, satisfying your cravings couldn’t be simpler.

    Campsites

    The tent sites at First Landing State Park are conveniently located, spacious, and shaded. They are easy to access the beach, visitors center, and camp store. However, it’s worth noting that these sites are close to a major road, meaning there can be some traffic noise throughout the day.

    The RV sites are tucked away from the road, offering a peaceful atmosphere closer to the beach. These generously sized and shaded sites have amenities like fire pits and picnic tables to enhance your camping experience. With well-maintained paved roads and gravel sites, maneuvering your RV is a breeze, and the largest spots accommodate rigs up to 60 feet. If you’re particularly sensitive to traffic noise, request a site further away from Shore Drive to ensure a more tranquil stay.

    Nestled amidst the scenic beauty of First Landing State Park, the campground areas offer stunning surroundings and convenient access to the beach, hiking trails, camp store, restrooms, and snack bar—all just a short stroll away.

    Cabins

    During the peak season from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, booking a cabin at First Landing State Park typically spans an entire week, kicking off on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, depending on your chosen cabin. However, if you plan ahead and secure your reservation three months in advance, this requirement is relaxed to a minimum of four nights.

    For the remainder of the year, the minimum stay for cabin rentals drops to just two nights, offering more flexibility for those seeking a cozy getaway during quieter seasons.

    There’s a variety of cabins at First Landing State Park to suit different tastes. Cabins 1 through 6 boast sturdy wood frames and elegant hardwood floors, while cabins 7 through 20 offer a different charm with cinder block construction, complemented by cedar siding and cozy carpeted floors. Positioned on the south side of Shore Drive, these cabins enjoy a tranquil setting, though reaching the beach requires a bit of a hike along a scenic trail.

    Inside, each cabin features two bedrooms, a well-appointed bathroom, and a delightful screened-in porch perfect for enjoying the natural surroundings. And for those chilly evenings or cozy mornings, there’s nothing quite like the crackle of a wood-burning fireplace. Plus, with central AC, you’ll stay comfortable even in the heat of southern Virginia summers.

    Pet lovers will be pleased to know that furry friends are welcome for a small additional fee of $10 per night, provided they remain leashed during their stay.

    Your cabin experience promises a blend of comfort and adventure. Step outside to find your picnic table and fire pit amidst the tranquil forest, offering ample privacy and serenity. Nearby, a playground and hiking trails beckon for exploration and outdoor fun. Inside, modern amenities await, including TVs and a fully equipped kitchen ready for your culinary endeavors. Simply bring along your favorite foods, and let the relaxation begin

    One of our favorite hot spots near this area is Hot Tuna for dinner and drinks. Happy hour starts at 4 pm during the week and 3 pm Weekends! 

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    Campgrounds in Virginia Beach: For our Military and DOD Heroes

    Dam Neck Campground
    Dam Neck Campground is wonderful for military families!

    Ocean Pines RV Park- Oceana Naval Base

    Camper under a tree at Oceana campground. Campgrounds in Virginia Beach
    Oceana has a nice little campground close to the Virginia Beach boardwalk.

    4160 Nimitz Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

    https://get.dodlodging.net/propertys/Ocean-Pines-RV-Park

    (757) 417-7140

    Ocean Pines RV Park is your gateway to a world of fun and relaxation right within Oceana Naval Base in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This small–but nice–military campground is a short distance from the boardwalk and has everything Virginia Beach offers. 

    Though it’s not luxurious, the prices are at least half the price of competing commercial campgrounds in the area. The RV park amenities include everything you need for a hassle-free camping experience, from spacious, full hook-up sites and concrete pads to laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi (which is weak in some spots).  They’re pet-friendly, so your furry companions can join the fun.

    The restrooms and laundry facilities were clean on my visit, and the staff was responsive. Many people seem to live here full-time, so plan ahead to get a spot–especially in the summer. 

    We really enjoyed the large sites, the abundance of trees and green space, and the amazing location, which was so close to everything. Some sites are near the main road and will have traffic noise, especially during the day. There will also be jet noise. 

    On base, you’ll find an array of additional amenities and recreational opportunities, including archery, bowling, golfing, a swimming pool, and an excellent gym. With dining options, shops, and entertainment venues just a stone’s throw away, you won’t have to worry about provisions or finding a place for a bite out or a cocktail. 

    Before planning your visit, check the reservation policies and any restrictions or requirements for entry onto the base.

    When we head down in this direction, we like Whiskey Kitchen for comfort food, beers and whiskey cocktails. 

     

    Little Creek JEB Campground

    2112 Amphibious Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23459

    (757) 462-7282

    This is a nice wooded campground on the Little Creek Amphib Base. It’s small but has over 45 full hookup sites that accommodate up to 40’. There are some primitive tent sites, too. The RV sites have level concrete pads, but the access roads are relatively narrow, so getting into the site can be challenging if you have a long rig. They do have a small shower house and free laundry.  

    This is a quiet and relaxing campground with a private beach on the Chesapeake Bay and a lovely swimming pool that your kids or grandkids will love! You must drive about 25 minutes to reach the Virginia Beach boardwalk.

    On base, you will find a large NEX, a marina, excellent fitness facilities, bowling, dining, and a golf course. The campground is right off Shore Drive, close to many excellent bars, restaurants, and attractions. 

    Looking for a fun dive bar near the campground? We love Poppa’s Pub & Restaurant for beer, food, pool tables, and music. 

    Sea Mist RV Park–Dam Neck

    Sign for Sea Mist campground.
    Sea Mist Campground is one of the best military campgrounds in Virginia Beach.

    2076 Regulus Avenue Bldg. 196 Virginia Beach, VA 23461

    https://get.dodlodging.net/propertys/Sea-Mist-RV-Park

    (757) 492-7545

    This is perhaps the best military campground in the area if you’re a beach lover, as it sits right on a pristine, uncrowded beach! The campground is divided into north and south areas. The south end has more trees and shade. 

    If you don’t have an RV, there are rustic cabins with a full bed with twin bunk beds, a mini refrigerator with microwave, two chairs on a table, and an HVAC window unit. 

    All RV sites have concrete pads with 20, 30, and 50 amp service and water and sewage service.  There are two clean laundry facilities and bathhouses. Sea Mist also has four super pads and free WiFi for all guests.

    Dam Neck isn’t full of amenities. There is a small NEX and Class 6 store and a Subway, but not much else. However, Oceana is only a 15-minute drive for a much larger NEX, commissary, and fitness facilities. Civilian shopping, dining, and entertainment are just a short drive, and Dam Neck is close to the boardwalk and Sandbridge Beach. 

    There are also cottages for rent directly on the beach. Contact MRW on base for more information. 

    The prices are reasonable, and the location can’t be beat! 

    Ocean Breeze Waterpark is minutes away off General Booth Blvd. This is a local favorite and a great adventure for the kids!

    Fort Story Navy Getaways

    601 Atlantic Ave.

    Virginia Beach, VA 23459

    (757) 422-7601

    Fort Story has a small campground at the north end of Virginia Beach, not far from First Landing State Park and the boardwalk. 

    The beach here is calm and perfect for families. Enjoy the quiet, convenient location close to Virginia Beach, but far from the noise and crowds. There is a decent bathhouse and free laundry. 

    Most spots are shaded with plenty of trees and full shore power.  You’re close to Shore Drive and all it has to offer, along with everything on base, including a fitness center. 

    There aren’t many spots for large rigs, so plan ahead. 

    If you don’t want to camp, they have very nice townhome rentals right on the beach. Rustic cabins are also an option. 

    Want some seafood with a touch of New England? Head over to the top-rated A Bite of Maine. The decor is adorable and laid back. Try the authentic lobster rolls and clam chowder. 

    Don’t forget to see the historic lighthouses!

    Campgrounds in Virginia Beach: Commercial RV Parks

    Virginia Beach KOA

    Collage of KOA Campground. Campgrounds in Virginia Beach

    1240 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    https://koa.com/campgrounds/virginia-beach/

    (757) 428-1444

    Virginia Beach KOA is located just a few minutes south of the Virginia Beach boardwalk and is close to everything the city offers. Shopping, bars, restaurants, and entertainment are just a stone’s throw away. 

    Accessing the beach and Boardwalk during the peak season is a breeze with the convenient trolley service ($). This is an especially great place to stay if you have children because they will be thoroughly entertained. Dive into adventure at the Adventure Works Zipline or enjoy many family-friendly games at the Pocket Activity Park. 

    Thrill-seekers can make a splash on the exhilarating Giant Water Slide, while others can explore the campground on pedal carts or bikes. Enjoy one of two heated swimming pools, a lazy river, and a splash pad! The main pool is the nicest pool of any campground in Virginia Beach, in my humble opinion. 

    Tip: Bring pool towels since they are not provided.

    Don’t worry about leaving your furry friend behind—the Kamp K9® Dog Park ensures they’ll have a blast too! 

    The facilities at this KOA are top-notch. The bathrooms and showers were well-maintained and nicer than many hotels. You can’t beat private, clean, and great water pressure.

    Saturday evenings in the summer come alive with live entertainment, delicious food trucks, and craft vendors. Enjoy music events like Bands & BBQ and two thrilling Halloween weekends as fall rolls around.

    Accommodations:

    (37) Fully furnished Deluxe Cabins sleep 4-8, providing a luxurious yet cozy atmosphere with bathrooms, kitchen supplies, comfy beds, linens, a big-screen TV, patio, and grill.

    (17) Camping Cabins for a rustic yet comfortable camping experience, accommodating 3-4 guests with beds, electricity, and heating or air conditioning.

    (17) Deluxe Patio RV sites with asphalt pads.

    (40) Deluxe Patio RV sites with gravel pads.

    (80) Patio RV sites for extended stays.

    Water/electric and no-hook-up tent sites.

    Free Wi-Fi throughout the park.

    Free cable TV on most sites and cabins.

    Nearby Attractions:

    Just 2.5 miles from the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

    On-site Adventure Works Zipline.

    1-2 miles from exciting family attractions like Ocean Breeze Water Park, Virginia Aquarium, Motorworld, and military bases such as Naval Air Station Oceana and Dam Neck. Close to golfing, water sports, ocean adventures, boating, fishing, historic sites, coastal cuisine, shopping, entertainment, and music.

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    Indian Cove Resort

    1053 Sandbridge Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456

    https://www.indian-cove.com/

    (757) 426-2601

    Indian Cove Resort is a premier destination for a memorable camping experience in Virginia Beach. As a large membership-only campground, Indian Cove offers 365 spacious RV sites and ten cozy tent spots. 

    Each RV site has full hookups, ensuring convenience and comfort during your stay. Indian Cove provides rental options, including two campers and two cabins, offering a range of amenities to suit your needs. Contact the campground for current rental information. 

    Recreation abounds at Indian Cove, with three swimming pools, horseshoe pits, two playgrounds, and a boat ramp for guests to enjoy. Additional amenities include four restroom facilities with showers, five picnic pavilions, a clubhouse, and a recreation room complete with TVs and a pool table. 

    The camp store is stocked with groceries, beer, fishing bait, and more, ensuring you have everything you need for a relaxing getaway. Plus, with Sandbridge Beach just three miles away, you’ll have easy access to sun, sand, and surf.

    Smoking is not permitted inside the rentals or on decks to ensure a pleasant stay for all guests. A $250 cleaning fee will be charged if smoking is detected in a rental unit. Additionally, pets are not allowed in the rentals, and a cleaning fee will be charged if a rental has had a pet inside.

    Reservation procedures are straightforward, with the first night’s payment required to secure your reservation. Full payment is due at check-in, and a valid credit card must be put on file for damage security. Upon arrival, guests are required to inspect their rental unit for damages within the first two hours.

    Please review the campground’s cancellation policy. To avoid penalty fees, reservations must be canceled at least 24 hours before the arrival date. Additionally, there are no refunds for inclement weather, including hurricanes.

    North Bay Shore Campground

    3257 Colechester Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23456

    https://northbayshorecampground.com/CMS/

    (757) 426-7911

    North Bay Shore Campground is an ideal retreat in serene surroundings near the Pungo Bay Bay Wildlife Refuge. The campground offers a variety of accommodations, including campsites, cabins, and pop-up rentals. 

    Campsites range from full hookup sites with 30/50 amp service to non-hookup tent sites, ensuring options for every camper. Enjoy modern amenities such as private showers, bathroom stalls in the bathhouse, and a laundry room for added convenience.

    Recreation opportunities abound at North Bay Shore Campground, with a swimming pool (seasonal), recreation hall, playground, sand volleyball court, swings, basketball court, and more available for guests to enjoy. Take advantage of the picnic tables and fire pits at each site, perfect for gathering with family and friends.

    For outdoor enthusiasts, explore the nearby activities such as freshwater fishing in the canals, surfing, ocean swimming at Sandbridge Beach, and saltwater fishing at nearby surf, pier, or charter boat locations. Plus, with public golf and tennis courts nearby, there’s no shortage of fun-filled adventures.

    This is a pet-friendly campground, so don’t hesitate to inquire about any restrictions. Please note the quiet hours from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and check-in and check-out times at 2:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m., respectively. They do request no late arrivals after 8:30 p.m. without prior arrangements.

    Before planning your visit, review the rates, reservation policies, holiday weekend rates, and minimum stay requirements.

    North Landing Beach Campground and RV Park

    161 Princess Anne Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    https://northlandingbeach.com/

    (757) 426-6241

    At North Landing Beach RV Resort & Cottages, the stillness of the riverfront meets the excitement of water sports and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re seeking RV sites or cozy cottage rentals, North Landing Beach offers a range of accommodations to suit every camper’s needs.

    Situated alongside two inlets of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the resort welcomes boats up to 28′, making it the perfect destination for water enthusiasts.

    This is a great resort for camping. It’s affordable and clean, and the staff is quite friendly and accommodating. The grounds are well maintained, and the bathhouses are cleaned daily. You can tell the resort prioritizes maintaining the cozy cabins. 

    Experience the thrill of water activities such as waterskiing, kneeboarding, and inner-tube riding right at your doorstep. The boat ramp is great for those bringing their larger water toys. 

    If you prefer a more serene outing, explore the Intracoastal Waterway with kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards, or cast your line for some of the best fishing on the East Coast. 

    Located just 20 miles from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and minutes from Knott’s Island, North Landing Beach offers the perfect balance of seclusion and accessibility. Relax amidst the peaceful woods while soaking in breathtaking views of the waterway, knowing that the bustling attractions of Virginia Beach are just a short drive away.

    This resort provides all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including RV hook-up sites, the laundrette, a dog park (very pet-friendly), a spa, recreation courts, playgrounds, available on-site propane, a playground, and a swimming pool. All this is only 30 minutes from the nearest interstate.

    Holiday Trav-L Park 

    Cabins at a campgroud.
    Cute cabins in this tropical-style campground.

    1075 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    https://www.campingvb.com/

    (866) 849-8860

    Holiday Trav-L-Park in Virginia Beach offers a camping experience tailored to every type of camper and family member. Located closest to Virginia Beach’s resort area and popular attractions, the campground provides easy access to the beach and city amenities while offering a peaceful retreat surrounded by nature.

    Holiday Trav-L-Park has four large pools (one covered and open all seasons), mini golf, playgrounds, and sports courts. There’s something for everyone in your group to enjoy. The on-site snack bar, Safari Cafe, offers tasty treats.

    For those exploring beyond the campground, this location provides easy access to the beach, nearby attractions, and recreational activities. Take advantage of the beach parking lot just a block from the boardwalk, or hop on the seasonal trolley to explore the area. The paved bike path offers a scenic route to the beach, perfect for cycling enthusiasts.

    This park is definitely older, but it has a cute tropical vibe. The grass was a bit long and overgrown while I was there, but this was in March, and I think they just hadn’t mowed yet. The bathhouses are very modern and clean. 

    When it comes to accommodations, Holiday Trav-L-Park offers a variety of options. Choose from fully loaded Supersites, basic sites, or cozy cabins equipped with AC and heat. Plus, the spacious dog park and washing station ensure that furry family members feel at home.

    Whether you’re seeking relaxation by the pool or adventure on the water, Holiday Trav-L-Park offers an excellent Virginia Beach camping experience. 

     

    Get Ready to Camp!

    Picture collage of people at a campground. Campgrounds in Virginia Beach

    Virginia Beach has something for every kind of camper. From serene beachfront sites to lush woodland retreats, the options are as diverse as they are delightful. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a novice camper looking for a new adventure, Virginia Beach offers many camping experiences waiting to be discovered.

    But the adventure doesn’t end here! We want to hear from you. What’s your favorite campground in Virginia Beach, and why? Share your experiences, tips, and hidden gems in the comments below. 

    If you enjoyed this blog, and really love taking that 5th wheel for a spin, check out our Ultimate Guide to RV Parks & Resorts in Las Vegas.

    And if you’re already in the area you can begin crossing off Virginia lighthouses from your bucket-list. Check out our guide to the 11 Stunning Lighthouses in Virginia, a few you will find nearby.

     

    7 thoughts on “11 Great Campgrounds in Virginia Beach: Fun in the Sun”

    1. I never think of Virginia Beach and camping, but these looks great options. I’d especially like to try False Cape State Park.

    2. I did not realize that there was a southernmost marker at False Cape State Park. I have been to the one in Key West, so I guess this needs to be a new adventure destination!

    3. If we were looking for campgrounds, it looks like Virginia Beach has a lot of great options. Camping on the beach by the dunes sounds fun. Like that some o the spots offer cabins since we don’t have our own camping gear. And maybe one day we might have an RV and visit some of these spots.

    4. I love this! I’ve been to Virginia Beach but never thought about camping, I will 100% have to check out some of these next time I’m in the area! Thanks for sharing!

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