10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Summer


Anini Beach County Park, Hawaii

We've been talking a lot about woodsy places -- sites with plenty of trees, cliffs, and probably a buffalo or two. But if you require sandy toes at all times during your vacation, you're in luck: Anini Beach County Park may be your summer dream trip.

The park is located on the north coast of the island of Kaua'i; the area is relatively secluded, and campgrounds are tucked into the coastline below cliffs that are carpeted in greenery and set off from the open ocean. Even by Hawaii standards, this lagoon water is spectacularly blue.

We've mentioned water sports before, but only at Anini Beach can you roll out of your sleeping bag in the morning and windsurf. A spectacular reef and shallow water (only about four to five feet deep, or 1.2 to 1.5 meters) make it a great -- and notably safe -- spot for beginning snorkelers, but experienced swimmers and scuba divers can enjoy deeper diving where a channel on the northwest side drops 60 feet (18.3 meters) to the open ocean [source: Frommers]. As with all beach excursions, however, keep an eye out for rip currents, which are powerful currents that can pull swimmers away from the shore [source: National Weather Service].

Occupying only 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) of coastline, Anini Beach County Park is fairly small. It's used by daytime visitors as well as overnight campers, so if you're planning to stay overnight, you'll need to purchase a permit from the County of Kaua'i. These are cheap and easy to obtain, but visitors should note that overnight accommodations aren't guaranteed if you show up on a whim [source: Great Hawaii Vacations].