Lots of options in other places, but since you are asking about VB, I'll give you the skinny. There is not a single campground that is oceanfront. The closest you'll find is First Landing State Park, which is inisde the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It is a nice campground though, I think you'd like it.
Others have mentioned Holiday Trav-L-Park, it is nice and there are FHU sites. But the sites are very small, and very close together as you'll find in most any commercial RV Park. Lots to do there too.
No matter which campground you decide to stay at between First Landing SP, Holiday TP, or the KOA... you don't need a toad to get to the beach. Hampton Roads Transit operates a shuttle bus service that runs to all threee campgrounds, they run about every half hour during the summer, and you can buy an all day pass for $2 that'll take you back & forth from the campground to just about any place on the resort strip (you may have to change buses to get from one end of the resort to the other but the pass is good on all of them).
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There is a loop in Assateague SP that has electric hookups.National park has no hookups but we really enjoyed staying in bayside campground.
Kiptopeke has full hookups and short walk to beach.Also Maddox Campground in Chincoteague has full hookups under tall pine trees.They have a pool and if you have bikes,U can ride to Assateague Wildlife refuge where they have some nice beaches and paved trails for bike riding where the ponies come right up to you.Chincoteague is a nice old shore town with movie theater and restaraunts and 2 great ice cream shops.
Tons to do at Tall Pines Harbor is not something I would agree with. MB blows VB away. Cherrystone is going down hill fast, and if it rains the septic overflows. Castaways and Frontier Town are both great, your daughter will prefer FT, you will prefer Castaways. Kiptopeke is awesome, but you have to walk or drive down to the 2 beaches. MB is a long way, but they will have the capacity to handle your late request. July 4th week is going to be jammed in this area. How about Cape May area or Wildwood in NJ? Can't speak for the CG's, but a beautiful area and very close to the water. First Landing is very nice, and technically is on the ocean. The 2 parks at Assateague are long ago booked, and as others have said no hookups except the 1 loop in the state park. Good bath houses in the state park there, terrible in the National Seashore. Have a great time wherever you end up.
Some good points. If you are set on beach front camping. There is nothing North of MB that quite compares. There are some very nice places however they are not MB. Your best bet is OC,MD or the Jersey beach campgrounds. None of these areas have campground right on the beach except Assateague in MD.
However they are 8-10 hours less drive time.
You must decide if you want full MB atmosphere or are willing to settle for something closer but not quite the same. Getting a site at this point will be tough wherever you choose.
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I lived in Virginia Beach for 18 years and I am not sure why anyone would want to go there. It is so expensive and traffic is horrendous. Each to his own though. Just a reminder that there are very noisy FA-18 Navy jets flying overhead day and night and I mean really loud. Holiday Travel Park and the KOA really suffer from the jet noise.
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Thanks to everyones input and suggestions, I value all the input, we're still trying to figure it out, time is ticking. I read the thread to my wife over the phone while she "googled". My wife was aware of the FA-18's in VB, I was not.. She said to me.. "I thought you'd like that".. I laughed and agreed the first couple may be cool but.. I guess as suggested, we need to decide what we really are looking for. In regards to MB.. It wasn't the town site that we enjoyed (we only went to the main drag once and it was packed), It was more of the beach my wife enjoyed. Sitting, swimming, watching the tide come in and out. My daughter really enjoyed walking on the beach at night with a flashlight looking for shells and sea life trapped in little pools (she's a real outdoors kid, she ignores the electronics she has rather have a tank with frogs or salamanders she found not like her older brother was) We did take a few trips to the shops and that all you can eat seafood place which was fun but not really the highlight. I'll keep you posted, If anyone has any other suggestions I'm open to hear them. I guess at this point we're still open to anything. I'm tempted to just get in and head in a general direction.. We did that once and ended up in Colorado (when we lived out west) still remains one of the best memories.. No agenda. The risk of that however is being forced to stay in a less than stellar location if ones not found or available when you decide to call it quits.
We have never camped in Myrtle Beach because it's a little too far - we have gone there a lot over spring break and really like it too. We considered Virginia Beach this summer but decided to go back to Ocean City, Maryland instead. We have been there twice - once to Frontier Town and once to Castaways and the whole family decided to go back to Castaways in August. They do have buses that run to Assateague Island and to the boardwalk so that would help without a vehicle. Frontier Town has the free water park if you are camping there which is nice with kids and Castaways is on the water (not the ocean ) so the kids can swim there and there's a pool ...might be something to check into - should be even less of a drive for you than Virginia Beach ....
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Good luck in your quest. This is only my opinion but if I am going to go to the beach I want to stay on the beach and not have to take my car or public transportation to get to the beach. I would take a golf cart though as long as it was not too far away and legal. It is extremly convenient to get up from the sun and beach and walk back to your camper to cool off, go the bathroom, get a snack, refill the cooler with beer and water etc. To drive, park and then track all the sand and such back into your vehicle or pick up and make everyone leave when one person in your family is just plain miserable and wants to go back is no fun. I would just as soon rent a condo on the beach than to camp away from the beach.
Well, if it's the beach you want and not the resort stuff, I'd suggest you take a look at Cape Hatteras Natinoal Seashore. Around the villages of Rodanthe, Salvo & Waves there are a few campgrounds, most notably Camp Hatteras, KOA, & Ocean Waves Campground (plus some other smaller ones). The 3 mentioned are all ocean front with direct access to the beach from the campground, and you don't get much better beach than that, and there is no resort, just nice little villages with lots of side activities to keep you busy if you tire of the beach!!