Best Camping Destinations
Are you looking for the best places to go camping in the world? This collection of the best camping destinations includes unique spots in North America, Europe, South America, Australia, Africa and even Antarctica! What are the most special locations and the coolest things to do in the area? Look no further than this compilation! Ready to get inspired?
Best Camping Destinations in North America
Wells Gray Provincial Park, Canada
by Debbie Fettback from WorldAdventurists.com
Wells Gray Provincial Park is British Columbia’s fourth largest park, with 5000km² of mostly untouched Canadian wilderness. A visit to the park is a great way to get off of the beaten path and away from the crowds. Located in the Thompson Nicola Region of Interior BC, the park protects most of the southern regions of the Cariboo Mountains. With 41 named waterfalls (and many, many to still be named), Wells Gray earns its “Waterfall Park” status. You’ll also find beauty in its dramatic peaks, alpine meadow hiking and clear lakes. The Trophy Mountain hike is popular since it is one of the most accessible alpine meadows in British Columbia.
Wells Gray is accessible a few different ways: through the main corridor via Clearwater, BC, from 100 Mile (Mahood Lake) and Blue River (Murtle Lake). If you’re venturing from Vancouver, you will start out on Highway 1, then take the Coquihalla (Highway 5) to Kamloops, and continue on north to Clearwater. It is five hour drive from Vancouver.
The best way to experience Wells Gray Provincial Park is by camping, so you’re right in the heart of it all. The campgrounds are basic, but have access to everything you need. There are three campgrounds: Clearwater Lake, Falls Creek and Pyramid.
To be able to explore all of the highlights, you’ll want at least a few days. However, one trip is never enough and you will want to go back to see more.
Alabama Hills, USA
by Daria of The Discovery Nut
Located in the heart of California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada, Alabama Hills is a perfect getaway for those who are looking for a tranquil atmosphere and fun outdoor opportunities.
Camping at Alabama Hills gives you a unique opportunity to enjoy the surreal view of the quirky desert rock formations and sunburned hills against the backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, see the clear dark skies (there’s virtually no light pollution here) and still be able to be close to major tourist destinations.
If you want to camp at Alabama Hills, there are a couple of options: you can either opt for dispersed camping on the BLM land or try to get a spot at the Tuttle Creek Campground. However, remember to arrive earlier rather than later as it’s a first-come, first-served campground. All camping is free.
Alabama Hills is located near Bishop, a historic town that is a true outdoor playground. Visitors can hike the scenic Little Lakes Valley Trail or Bishop Pass Trail, explore the Laws Railroad Museum and spend a night at North Lake Campground before hitting the road the next day.
Located in Inyo County, the third largest county in California, Alabama Hills offers a quiet respite from other much busier places in the Southwest. It is also within a few hours of driving from some of the most popular national parks in California such as Death Valley and Yosemite.
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, Canada
by Luke of Wild about BC
Camping in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is one of the most epic backcountry experiences in the world. Tucked away deep in the wilderness of British Columbia is the so-called Matterhorn of the Rockies that provides some of the most beautiful mountain views in the world.
Camping at Mount Assiniboine is incredible as it is a true backcountry experience. There are no roads into the park which means it is either a 30-kilometre hike in, or you can take the easier option and take a helicopter flight in. Either way you still end up miles away from civilization with some seriously spectacular views.
There are several routes to access the park and you can hike from either Mount Shark or Sunshine Village in Banff National Park. There are also two helicopter flights, one from Canmore which is more easily accessible, or one from Mount Shark which is just over an hour’s drive from Canmore.
The campsite is at an elevation of over 2000 metres which means even in the middle of summer, the nights are often below freezing. Make sure you pack lots of warm clothes and the right gear to stay warm while sleeping.
As this is such a remote destination it is recommended to stay for at least two nights. During your time in the park, you can hike to different lakes, peaks and lookouts to get jaw dropping views. The highlight of this trip is the view from the Niblet viewpoint which is one of the most incredible views in the world.
Maine coast camping islands, USA
by Karen of Outdoor Adventure Sampler
There is something really special about camping on an island. When that island is off the coast of Maine, the camping experience is fabulous. The Maine Island Trail is a 375-mile water trail for boaters extending from the New Hampshire border to Canada.
There are over 200 islands to visit and camp on. Many of them are remote wilderness islands where you will be the only camper. The beauty of waking up on your own ocean-front campsite is beyond parallel.
The camping sites are primitive and you need to carry in and carry out everything. To have access to the free camping islands, join the Maine Island Trail Association. Upon signing up with the $45 registration fee, you will receive a guidebook listing descriptions and directions to all the islands.
Maine camping islands are accessible by small boat. Rental boats or guided overnight tours are available at major Maine coast towns. Many campers pack up their sea kayak to spend a few days out on the islands.
Base camping on one island and taking day trips to sites around the area is very popular. Explore tide pools, uninhabited rocky beaches, and other islands on a paddling day trip. Just make sure you make it back to your camping island to experience an incredible Maine sunset before you settle in for the night.
by Christina of Live A Wilder Life
One of the best camping destinations in the US is Yellowstone National Park. Renowned for its unique geothermal activity, it’s one of the largest national parks and spans three different states. Because of Yellowstone’s large size, staying in the park is the best way to maximize your time. While you could stay at one of the hotels, they’re expensive and tend to book out a year in advance. The best alternative? Camping in Yellowstone.
Yellowstone has 12 campgrounds spread throughout the park. Unlike most National Parks, eight campgrounds can be reserved ahead of time, making it perfect for those camping with a toddler or young kids. All the campgrounds are nestled into Yellowstone’s exquisite nature, with many of the sights tucked into lush lodgepole forests.
You’ll want to spend 3-5 days in Yellowstone to see all the park’s main highlights. Make sure to include a hike on the Fairy Falls Trail with a slight detour to the Grand Prismatic Overlook, the 3rd largest hot spring in the world. Its technicolor display of colors is best seen from above in the early afternoon.
You’ll also want to include a visit to Old Faithful Geyser to see it explode 60 feet in the air and a drive through the Hayden Valley to see if you can spot bison, bears, or wolves in the valley. After you’ve done the main highlights, find some time to relax in front of Lake Yellowstone and take in the majestic beauty of Yellowstone.
Devil’s Garden / Arches National Park, USA
by James Ian at Parks Collecting
Devil’s Garden Campground is the only place you can stay inside Arches National Park and its location couldn’t be better. It is deep within the park, right at the end of the only road in the park, the 18-mile scenic Arches Drive. Staying there is a chance to really immerse yourself in the beauty of the park – and be able to get an early start on the hiking trails.
The campsites are surrounded by red rock sandstone fins, and juniper bushes and pinyon pine trees. You can actually see the back of Skyline Arch from some parts of the campground. The trail to Tapestry, Broken and Sand Dune Arches starts and ends at the campground.
And the longest hike in the park – the Devil’s Garden Trail – leaves from a trailhead a short distance away. There is even an amphitheater in the campground where park rangers give nightly presentations in season.
The campground has 51 sites, which includes two group sites. Each campsite is sand, and has a picnic table and fire ring. There are flushing toilets and water for drinking and washing dishes, but there are no showers or dump stations or hookups for RVs. An on-site host sells firewood (you can’t and shouldn’t bring firewood from another ecosystem into any national park).
I recommend staying at least two nights. Longer would be even better, but keep in mind the lack of showers and hookups! You need to make a reservation online if you plan to camp between March and October. November to February, you can walk-in.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA
By McKenna Hurd of One More Step Travels
One of the most popular and beautiful camping destinations in the USA is Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Coming across meadows filled with elk, grottos containing salamanders, and forests with black bears and deer are all possibilities in the Smoky Mountains. Visitors will need at solid four days to take it all in!
The Smoky Mountains are easy to drive to from Tennessee, North Carolina and surrounding states. The Newfound Gap is the backbone of the park that provides access through the mountains, connecting the two ends of the park and the cities of Gatlinburg and Cherokee.
Camping in the Smoky Mountains, especially at Elkmont Campground, is great for beginners to camping. Gatlinburg is only about thirty minutes away, which means there is easy access to a store if you forget camping essentials or if any camping equipment breaks.
Elkmont is also just down the road from Sugarlands Visitor Center which can be helpful if there is an emergency or if Wi-Fi is needed for any reason.
If Elkmont Campground is booked for your travel dates, there are nine other campgrounds throughout the park, as well as many others in nearby mountains, to choose from. No matter where you go in this region, green forests and flowing rivers are sure to be nearby.
For fun in the area beyond camping, go for a hike at Grotto Falls and Clingman’s Dome, visit Dollywood, go tubing down a river, or explore the dozens of attractions in Pigeon Forge.
Death Valley, USA
by Ale of Sea Salt & Fog
One of the best things about camping is being able to sleep under cover of stars, and few places offer better dark skies than Death Valley National Park.
Located in southern California along the Nevada border, Death Valley is a land of extremes. The park is most famous for recording some of the hottest temperatures on earth, as well as being home to the lowest point in North America.
Death Valley is incredibly isolated, which gives the park stunningly dark skies. Camping in Death Valley will allow you to enjoy these dark skies. But will also conveniently place you near to most attractions.
Some of the best things to do are easily accessed right off the road. Badwater Basin, for example, sits at 282 feet below sea level, and is made up of a large salt flat.
Similarly, the Devils Gold Course is a strange, out-of-this-world landscape that makes a stunning background for photos. Perhaps one of the most famous sights might be the sand dunes, recognizable for being the home planet of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars!
Death Valley has several campgrounds, but the only one with reservable campsites is Furnance Creek. Sites include picnic tables and fire rings, and cost a modest $22 per night (tent-only).
Most people will want to visit Death Valley as part of a larger trip. So follow a California packing list to make sure you have everything you need.
Best Camping in Europe
Island of Ios, Greece
by Chrysoula of Travel Passionate
If you want to have a fun camping holiday and meet young people from all over the world, Far Out Camping on the island of Ios is a perfect choice! Situated on old vine terraces right by the beach at Mylopotas, Far Out Camping is a lively tourist community and ideal for a one-week stay. Camping is easy as the tents are ready to use with bamboo roofs or you can bring your own tent. If you are not a camper, there are cabins and windmill-shaped bungalows too.
The site has many amenities including a supermarket, laundry service, restaurants, and swimming pools. Mylopotas beach is large and sandy with great water sports and organized team games too. If you prefer somewhere quieter, there are sandy coves too. There is plenty to do on Ios including hiking, diving, and extreme sports.
The pretty main town of Chora can be reached by bus (there is a bus stop right outside Far Out Camping). The port in Chora is perfect for a meal watching the passing yachts and at night, the town comes alive with bars and clubs.
Ios can be reached by ferry from Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete
Camping Jungfrau in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
by Carolyn of Holidays to Switzerland
Waking up to the sounds of a waterfall plummeting 300 metres to the ground below is one of the best things about Camping Jungfrau in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. The camping ground sits almost at the foot of the falls. The soothing sounds are just one of the many reasons this park makes a wonderful camping destination.
Lauterbrunnen is located in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland and there are an endless number of outdoor activities and excursions to enjoy here. An excursion to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe on a cogwheel train is the highlight for many visitors. During the summer months there are numerous other mountains to ascend by rack railway, funicular, cable car or on foot.
Camping Jungfrau caters to all kinds of campers. You can bring your own tent or caravan or you can rent a choice of different accommodation types, from caravans to bungalows and hostel rooms to cabins.
The camping ground and holiday park has lots of amenities. They inlcude an on-site restaurant and supermarket, excellent bathroom and laundry facilities, a communal lounge, free WiFi, children’s playground and lots of open space. It is also just a short walk to the centre of the village.
With so many things to do in Lauterbrunnen, you’ll want to stay a minimum of three nights. However long you stay, you are sure to fall in love with the picturesque location of Camping Jungfrau.
By Rachel from Average Lives
The Mediterranean island of Sardinia is one of the best camping destinations in the world. Sardinia is the second-largest island in Italy, and the island offers sensational beaches, historic sites, truly unspoilt nature and hospitable people. The duration of your stay would depend on whether you are camping all over the island (2-3 weeks) or just one coast (1-week).
Camping in Sardinia is an option for budget travellers, families and anyone looking for an epic outdoor adventure. The island, especially the North of Sardinia, has a reputation for being expensive, and this deters a lot of visitors, but camping is the cheaper alternative. Sardinia serves campers well, and some campsites have excellent facilities, including restaurants, pizzeria and bars.
What’s more, the campsites are in sensational spots. You can camp next to the start of incredible hikes to world-class beaches, such as Cala Goloritze, which means if you get up early, you will have a paradise to yourself. Alternatively, you can camp in Sardinia’s unspoilt mountains, which prove that the island is much more than its beaches.
Also, many campsites are next to the beach or looking over the sparkling sea. You can also camp on La Maddalena Archipelago, to visit the Garibaldi Museum, and Cala Coticcio and Cala Naepoletena, which highlights that Sardinia has it all.
Best Places to go Camping UK
Paddington Farm, Glastonbury
by Helen of Holidays from Hels
Strike camp at Paddington Farm to reconnect with nature. Set in the grounds of a working farm, the site has far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside. Relax in the campsite’s laid-back atmosphere and dine on fresh pizza from the communal pizza oven, or a BBQ cooked on one of the fire pits dotted around the site. There is something quite magical about eating outside and the sunsets are spectacular.
What makes this campsite special is that it is all about community. Laughter workshops are held in the barn, family story telling takes place in the corner of the field. Groups of city children are invited to stay and learn about life on the farm. For children there are rustic playgrounds, open fields for ball games and haybales to investigate. The wooden wash station is fairy-lit and the shower block is actually in the cow shed. Fresh farm produce is available from an honesty shop.
A 10-minute walk away is the famous Glastonbury Tor, where drumming druids and goddesses are frequently found. The Abby, sheep and views at the top are worth the climb. Continue walking another 15 minutes to reach Glastonbury, with its ancient inns and crystal shops. Visit the historic market town of Wells, with its fabulous cathedral and moated palace.
Arriving by car, the site is a 10-minute drive from Glastonbury.
Stay for a weekend to soak up the farm festival atmosphere, or for a week, as a perfect base for exploring local towns and country walks.
The Lake District
by Heather of Conversant Traveller
The Lake District National Park is a wonderful place to go camping, with its mountains, valleys, and lakes to explore. This is one of England’s most beautiful outdoor playgrounds and is geared up for a camping holiday like nowhere else in the UK.
There are plenty of camp sites dotted throughout the park, from small, quiet venues with basic facilities, to the all-singing, all-dancing caravan club sites with lots of amenities. Yet perhaps the best way to really immerse yourself in these incredible landscapes is to go wild camping in the Lake District.
There are certain rules to follow, like pitching above the highest wall line, and of course leaving no trace, but going back to basics and camping in the wilderness really is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Whatever style of campsite you choose, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area.
Popular bases include Borrowdale and Keswick, where you go hiking up the stunning Langstrath valley, or take in peaks like Scafell Pike or Skiddaw. There’s kayaking and sailing on Derwentwater, as well as scheduled rides on the famous lake steamer. Thrill-seekers love the Honister Slate Mine with its adrenaline-pumping via ferrata. There are also several companies that offer climbing and gorge walking if you’re up for an adventure.
A week is enough time to enjoy some of the most popular highlights, and the best way to get there is by car since many places are quite remote.
North West Scotland
by Kat from Wandering Bird
If you want somewhere to go campsites with incredible scenery, including many places on or near some of the best beaches in Europe, head to North West Scotland.
Yep, NW Scotland has some of the best camping in the UK and there are so many wonderful places to visit whilst you’re there. There’s a road trip route which has been planned around the area called the North Coast 500 (NC500). It highlights some incredible places, including waterfalls, castles and white sand beaches.
If you’re doing the road trip in a van, some of the best NC500 campsites for motorhomes and campers can be found near beaches, including the award-winning one at Clachtoll beach, with the most incredible views out over the sea.
Head a little further north, and you’ll find Durness, which also has a beautiful sandy beach, breathtaking views and the biggest sea cave in Europe- Smoo Cave. The next beach down also has a zipline if you’re feeling adventurous.
As well as the beaches, there are plenty of mountains in the area and brilliant hiking trails. You can see some incredible wildlife, including deer, Ospreys, red kites, puffins and, of course, highland cows.
To do the NC500, you’ll need about 7 days- although longer is better if you can. May/ June or October are the best times to visit to get away from the crowds and midges of summer, but still enjoy the (hopefully!) warmer weather.
Best Camping Spots in Australia
Sandstone Point Caravan Park
By Chris Fry of The Aquarius Traveller
Have you ever wanted to try camping, but not into the off-the-beaten-track style just yet! Then Brisbane’s Sandstone Point Caravan Park might be the place for you. It’s located on the north side near Bribie Island in Queensland, Australia.
This is what you call your luxury-style camping spot with an endless supply of activities & accommodations to suit everyone. Anything from a long weekend to a week can be spent here, relaxing the days away, sipping cocktails by the pool, and you’ll never need to leave the park.
All accommodation styles are available here, from the simple powered or non-powered camping spots for your caravans, RV’s, campers, and tents. Alternatively, without the camp housing, then there are deluxe and luxury multi-bedroom cabins, as well as glamping safari tents for that bush-like feeling with everything.
One of the biggest highlights for the Sandstone Point Caravan Park is the fully equipped Water Park. Not only does it have several water slides to keep the kids entertained, but a giant 800 litre Water Bucket that will release every 5 minutes onto the guests below.
Additionally, you can give the tennis or basketball court a go, a games room, jumping pillow, gym, or ride a go-kart around the Caravan Park streets.
Adults can relax in the heated pool, suntan in the bungalows, eating and drinking as time goes by throughout your stay.
Killick Beach in Australia
by Victoria of Guide your Travel
Australia is the perfect country for going camping. With incredible nature, lots of things to do and see and of course a great selection of campsites there is something for everyone.
The East Coast is especially popular among camping enthusiasts and has a lot of little hidden, secret camp spots you should explore. One of the best ones by far is Killick Beach. This is a very remote beach that stretches for miles.
Most of it is deserted and only a few surfers come here regularly. Head to the Killick Beach rest area via Richardsons Crossing and Loftus Road to reach a little parking area right on the beach.
There is direct beach access which even allows you to drive on the beach if you have a 4WD vehicle. Even if that’s not the case you’ll absolutely love this camp spot.
There is rarely anyone else here and you get to wake up right on the beach with a view of the water. The sunrise is absolutely spectacular and there is no better way to start the day than with a morning swim.
It’s highly recommended to spend at least one day at Killick Beach after which you can move on to explore more of Australia’s beautiful coastline.
North Island, New Zealand
by Cassie of Cassie the hag
North Island, New Zealand, is a fantastic location for camping. Often overlooked for the more mountainous South Island, the north of the country has a lot to offer in its own right. From fantastic hiking, hidden gems that are less over explored by tourists, and unbeatable beaches, a camping trip here is a delight.
The best thing about choosing New Zealand for a camping holiday is that it’s very safe – even for solo travellers – and the campsites often have amazing facilities. My last camping trip to the Bay of Islands included a large decking area overlooking a river in which I could swim, a well-stocked kitchen, and private-feeling camping areas surrounded by flowers. I stayed at Pagoda Lodge campsite and enjoyed local walks to Rainbow Falls, the historic Stone Store and Kent House, and a fantastic drive to Tauranga Bay.
In Summer, the coastal areas of the North Island will provide glowing views and ample opportunities to swim in lakes and ocean. In Winter, camping remains popular but be prepared for snow and cold winds if you’re heading for the mountains.
Best Camping Destinations in Africa
Camping in Botswana
by Paula from Paula Pins the Planet
One of the best and most unique camping destinations in Africa is Botswana. If you are dreaming about a Safari Trip to Botswana, the best way to explore the landscape and wildlife is by driving and wild camping in the remote safaris.
The beauty, scale, and diversity of Botswana will take your breath away, and while you will be exploring the savannah, swamps, and woodlands with countless birds and wild animals, you won’t ever feel crowded. While traveling around Botswana, you will be isolated during your camping safari, and feel that you are alone with the nature around you.
If you are traveling independently, you will need to rent a 4×4 vehicle with a rooftop tent and driving in Botswana is very challenging, with a mix of sandy and muddy roads, and even some points where you will need to cross the water (during the raining season).
Because of the limited campsites and spots available, you will need to plan and book your accommodation well in advance.
While travel around Botswana independently can be affordable, the country also offers luxury campsites with private safaris on the main National Parks, and while this is a great option of accommodation, be prepared to be presented with a large bill.
by Sabine from The Travelling Chilli
Going camping in Namibia is a fantastically unique experience, especially in the southern part of the country. The vast open spaces and wonderful scenery of the south provide a feeling of openness and exclusivity.
Sitting around a campfire at night, observing a beautiful sky full of stars with the gentle sounds of nature in the distance is all something truly otherworldly. Staying in a hotel is nice, but it will not give you the true Namibian experience.
Camping is the best way to explore Namibia, being one with the best the country has to offer. Hotels are scarce in that part of the country and campsites are often closer to the major tourist attractions like the Fish River Canyon and the red dunes of Sossusvlei.
The campsites in Namibia, and especially in the southern part of the country are large, at least not in the number of camping stands, but in their overall size. Most campsites provide a large space for just a handful of campers, often with private ablutions.
It’s also a great way to visit the country when you’re on a budget, since hotels are quite expensive due to their scarcity and exclusivity. For the adventurous traveller, a self drive trip through Namibia with a 4×4 and a rooftop tent will be a monumental bucket list experience.
Best Camping Destinations in South America
Carley Rojas Avila of Home to Havana
While Ecuador is known for having plenty of beautiful mountain views in the middle of the Andes, few are as stunning as Quilotoa Crater Lake, and one of the most famous landmarks in South America. Formed centuries ago with a giant explosion from the Quilotoa volcano, the collapsed volcano dome collapsed and this stunning blue-green lake was formed in its place. Today, visitors can spend the night in the small, remote town at the top of the crater, or camp at the bottom of the crater next to the lake.
While Quilotoa is an easy and beautiful day trip from Quito or nearby Latacunga, it is best known as the starting point of a three-day trek throughout the mountains known as the Quilotoa Loop. This three-day trek will take you through small indigenous villages and to some of the most beautiful mountain landscape you can imagine. Enjoying camping at the bottom of the crater lake before (or after) embarking on this trek is a great way to experience the crater and prepare for the adventure.
Camping at the bottom of the crater is very basic, and while you’ll have space to spread out, don’t expect many facilities. During the day you’ll find a small food and drink stand at the bottom of the crater where you can also rent kayaks to enjoy the water. However, don’t expect to find much substantial food down here, so prepare to hike in with what you’ll need for dinner or breakfast the next day.
by Megan of Packing up the Pieces
Waqrapukara Archaeological Park and the trail that leads to it, may just be one of the most “hidden gem” camping destinations in all of Peru. What makes this place so special is the diverse landscapes, the peculiar Inca ruins built on the “horned fortress,” and the untouched trails that lead to this magnificent site.
Waqrapukara is easily accessible from Cusco. There’s multiple routes and circuits, but for camping enthusiasts using public transportation, it’s best to start from the village of Sangarará.
The main attraction is the high altitude trek itself and the Pre-Inca and Inca ruins that remain. Waqrapukara sits at over 13,500 ft, which is almost double the elevation of Machu Picchu. Along the route, pass by simple shepherd huts, sheep, horses, and alpaca. Twist and turn through the trail, which boasts some incredible viewpoints and passes.
Upon arrival at Waqrapukara, set up at the free campsite that has epic views of this peculiar rock formation. From here, wander through Inca terraces and past small caves. Take the climb to the top of the fortress to snag some incredible views of the Apurímac River Valley. It’s possible to spend more than one night here and explore alternative trails. Supposedly, one leads to a cave filled with human bones.
The campsite and archaeological park are completely free. On-site find simple bathroom facilities, a garbage drop, and access to a water source. Make sure to carry an extra warm sleeping bag, stove, water filter, and wear supportive hiking shoes. Remember, at these altitudes, dress in layers and bring proper rain gear.
When ready to depart the campsite, head towards the village of Huayqui, where you’ll get a different perspective of Waqrapukara and pass by some ancient rock paintings.
Tayrona Park, Colombia
by Layer Culture
When on the lookout for some of the world’s best camping destinations be sure to check out Colombia. Many visitors who are looking for things to do in Santa Marta have Tayrona park somewhere near the top of their list.
Tayrona National Park offers visitors a treasure trove of things to do including nature walks. Virgin beaches that can keep you entertained for days on end. The park is home to around 300 species of birds and more than 770 species of plants that you can spot along many of the trails.
When camping, try to plan at least two nights to make it worth your while. You can find food and refreshments at one of the restaurants inside the park. Also, be prepared to do some jungle hiking which you will need to do on arrival at the park to be able to get to the campsite.
Some of the places to see once inside include Cabo San Juan, Punta Piedra, Playa Nudista and La Piscina. It is worth noting that wilderness camping is prohibited and you must pitch your tent in one of the dedicated camping spots.
Cabo San Juan is one of the most popular, and although tents are available to rent. You can also carry your own tent and any necessary items, including some non-perishable food, or, anything else you may need before you arriving at the park.
Camping in Antarctica
by Pamela of The Directionally Challenged Traveler
Camping often brings up thoughts of sitting by the fire with s’mores. However, some of the most unique camping experiences don’t include marshmallows or the woods. Camping in Antarctica is the ultimate bucket list experience since it is unlike anything else in the world.
Expedition cruises bring you to the ice continent and are the base for exploring. Unless you’re a scientist, you can only visit Antarctica in the summer months – November through March. Even though it’s summer, the temperature will remain in the 30’s (Farenheit) – and camping can only be done during nice weather.
Environmental conservation is very important so everything is brought from the ship and goes back to the ship, including the port-o-potty! This means you can’t go #2 on the ice – so be sure to go on the ship! The staff members do not bring campers back to the boat until the morning unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Hiking is one of the best things to do while camping anywhere. In Antarctica, you can hike mountains thousands of years old and even around dormant volcanoes! During the summer months, the sun sets very late.
Hiking the mountains provide breathtaking views of the ice, water, and hopefully humpback whales or orcas. The staff of the ship selects a camping location that is safe for both humans and animals.
While camping in Antarctica is one of the most primitive forms of camping, spending a night with penguins and seals is worth the lack of sleep!
Your best camping spot
Do you have any addition to this list of best camping destinations? We would be delighted to hear about it! Comment below and tell us about your best camping experience. If you are new to camping, we hope you feel inspired to try it now! With so many great spots to pick from, which one sounds most exciting to you?