Fort Macon State Park is a restored Civil War-era fort, a museum, a coastal education center and also offers a beautiful beach for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Watch the movie in the Visitor's Center to hear of the storied past of this fort before setting off to explore yourself. There are many recreated room scenes to get a feel of what life was like at the Fort during it's different periods of occupation. Museum rooms offer insight into weapons, historical dress and communications to name a few. We were lucky to see a musket demonstration while we were there and sometimes they will have cannon demonstrations! Plan a couple of hours to see everything.
Admission is Free!!
9am - 5:30pm Daily for Fort Macon
Beach open Memorial Day - Labor Day 10am - 5:45pm
2303 East Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC
Hunting Island State Park is said to be the most popular of all the South Carolina State Parks. It is easy to see why. This semi-tropical barrier island offers 5 miles of beautiful sandy beach perfect for swimming, shore-fishing, sand castle building and long walks. You will see the most glorious sunrises from this stretch of beach so get up early!
Other activities available are the fishing and crabbing pier (they even have a loaner tackle program for free), hiking through maritime forests and along marshes, and relaxing in the campground or their fully-furnished cabin. The best activity is to climb up the only lighthouse in South Carolina that is open to the public. It's 167 steps to a grand view of the area!
Offers 178 standard sites that offer water and electric hook-ups. There are two dump-stations close by. There are restroom and shower buildings throughout the park. There is also a playground and multiple paths to the beach. You can even reach a hiking trail from within the campground. Pets are allowed on the beach and in the campground.
Ocean-backing sites: 39, 48, 47, 46, 45
There is only one fully-furnished cabin for rent. Pets are not allowed in the cabin area.
Jalama Beach is a step-back in time. Due to it's "off the beaten path" location, it is a place to truly enjoy a seaside setting without the traffic, crowds, and noise. Miles of beach to explore and most likely, you will be the only one traveling from the main beach. There are also many conveniences including groceries, firewood, fishing bait/tackle, ice, beer and wine may be purchased at the Jalama Store. Don't feel like cooking? There is restaurant here that is open daily from 8:00 am. Great views from here!
Jalama Beach is approximately an hour drive from Santa Barbara and a 45-minute drive from Lompoc. A sign 4.5 miles south of Lompoc off Highway 1 will direct you onto Jalama Road. Follow this scenic 14.5 mile road to the coast.
109 campsites, all overlooking the ocean or beachfront. Each site has a picnic table and BBQ pit, with hot showers, restrooms and water nearby. 31 sites offer electrical hookups, and there is a dump station available.
Cabins have an awesome ocean view! You won't be roughing it much here either. Cabins include all kitchen items as well as a stove, refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot. There is a queen sleeper sofa, satellite TV/DVD player, bathroom with shower, charcoal BBQ, fire ring and a porch with chairs! You must bring your own linens and towels as well as food, toiletries, etc. If you don't feel like cooking, Jalama Beach Grill is a quick stroll from the cabins.
Reservations go quickly for this gem of a County Park so book early!
Leo Carrillo State Park is a truly a gem. Located just 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway, it feels like you transported to a different California. There is 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, surf fishing and beach-combing and offers tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. Coastal hills provide hiking opportunities as well.
There are 135 camping sites shaded by giant sycamore trees. There are no hook-ups available at this park and there is a RV/Trailer limit of 31." Bathhouses with flush toilets and coin-operated showers available throughout the park. Each campsite offers a picnic table and fire ring. Sites along the outer edges seems to be farther apart.
Note: Camping Adventures is the only approved company to use if you would like a RV delivered and set up on your campsite at Leo Carrillo State Park. Contact provider: at (805) 797-7460.