I almost don’t want to share this secret place we found for camping with kids RIGHT on the beach about 2 hours away, but I think the goodies should be shared with you all my friends.
We booked out our camping trips for this summer back in March. Last year, we learned the hard way and waited too long to book (I think we waited until May or June) and most of the campsites/campgrounds in the places we wanted to visit were completely booked up (even Moab/Arches, etc had no availability at their camping sites back in March for through late August!). So I set out to book campsites at some of the places I had been wanting to visit and to get in some family trips before baby comes at the end of the summer!
One of the places we wanted to visit was was Bear Lake on the border of Idaho and Utah. A short 2.5 hours from Salt Lake City with stunning views along the way made for an easy car ride. There are many campgrounds there, including a glamping campground, but none in my research that had a beach, beautiful views AND a campsite RIGHT on the beach.
Having a campsite right on the beach is key, because you don’t have to lug toys, sun tent, etc back and forth and you can just walk over and nap your kids in the tent if you need be. Also, shade is important. So we skipped the glamping and went for the car camping.
So all of our research lead us to Rendevous beach there, which actually has terrible reviews on TripAdvisor. You see, there is a public beach to the far LEFT of the campsites. So reviews tend to defer people from this beach for camping, but let me tell you, the campsites were quiet and serene! We were there for 2 nights and 2 days and barely saw anyone on the beach in front of our tent except for the occasional couple or family going for a stroll.
Our tent was pitched right on the grass at the edge of the beach, so the views out our tent door were magical. The campsite has FREE warm showers, and if there is no one at the group sites, you can sneak on over and use their outlets!
In my opinion, when booking, these are the best campsites (right on the beach basically) to go for. We stayed at CW07.
Car camping trips can be stressful, but everything we needed for the most part (except if you forgot supplies or ran out) was located within walking distance of our campsite. We were able to even leave our paddleboard, beach tent and toys up on the beach overnight. Or cook hot dogs over the campfire just steps away from our tent! We will definitely be booking another trip at this gorgeous lake again next year!