15 of America’s Prettiest Beach Campgrounds

If you are having trouble deciding between a beach vacation or roughing it at a camping getaway, why not combine both in the ultimate beach camping vacation. All across the United States are breathtaking campgrounds that are located directly on the beach, high on top of beach bluffs or just a stone’s throw away from the ocean. Although many beaches forbid overnight camping, and you have to be extremely careful of tides, these 15 campsites are sure to keep you safe and sound, as you fall asleep to the sounds of the crashing waves. Without further ado, here are 15 of America’s prettiest beach campgrounds.

15. Ocracoke Campground – Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

This barrier island in the Outer Banks is home to a few fabulous campgrounds, only accessible by boat or plane. Ocracoke Campground is the only campground right on the beach, only a short walk over the dunes to reach the water. The campground offers campers flush toilets, cold showers, drinking water, and nice soft sandy soil to pitch your tent on. One of the best beaches in North Carolina as it is constantly quiet, with just handfuls of shore birds that run back and forth from the water. If you happen to take a flashlight out at night you may be lucky enough to see the crabs scampering by. There is no shade at the campground and the mosquitoes can be common, but if you bring plenty of insect repellant and a couple sun umbrellas, you will be just fine. Enjoy visiting the second-oldest operating lighthouse in the country and the oldest in North Carolina on this amazing island.

Photo by: National Park Planner
Photo by: National Park Planner

14. Bahia Honda State Park – Bahia Honda Key, Florida

The remote island of Bahia Honda Key is home to beautiful sunsets, snorkeling and incredible white powdery beaches. With over 72 RV and tent sites available, there are so many choices. Many of the sites are wooded which is a great relief in the hot Florida sun. Amenities include a marina, concession stand, electric hookups and lots of patrols to make sure everyone is safe. The snorkeling here is one of the highlights of the State Park and sea life includes stingrays, sharks, barracudas and tons of colorful fish. The sites that are located right on the ocean are perhaps the best of the best, with an ocean beach and turquoise waters literally at your front door. Rates are a little high for a campground and start around $38 a night, but the blue waters, white sand and the abundance of activities are totally worth the extra cash.

Bahia Honda State Park

13. Anastasia State Park, Florida

Visitors to Anastasia State Park certainly won’t be bored with over 1,600 acres of diverse wildlife and rich ecosystems to explore. It is described as stepping back into time when campers arrive here, with ancient sand dunes and a tidal marsh teeming with plants and wildlife. The campground itself has 139 campsites, ranging from tent only sites to ones capable of fitting RV’s. There are a plethora of amenities here not limited to but including hot showers, grills, sheltered dining areas, campfire programs, interpretive programs and electric hook ups. Kids will never be bored here either renting a canoe, taking a nature hike, surfing in the waves or stargazing at night. Heading to the dunes at sunset is a popular activity for everyone here as you can get a 360-degree panorama of both sea and sand, with a 19th century lighthouse in the foreground.

Photo by: theobine via Flickr
Photo by: theobine via Flickr

12. Kalaloch Campground – Olympic National Park, Washington

This campground is only one of two campgrounds to pitch a tent on the southern coast of Olympic National Park. Open year round with 175 campsites these sites fill up quickly especially in the summer so if you want experience this coastline make sure to book early. This campground is actually perched on a bluff high above the Pacific Coast and is known for its abundance of nearby wildlife and outstanding views. Visitors should count on seeing bald eagles overhead and whales spouting just offshore. There are plenty of hiking opportunities in the area and seven different trails lead down to the beaches just off highway 101. Olympic National Park actually covers a total of 65 miles of rugged coastline and camping here offers an array of awesome experiences. Campsites typically range from $14-$36 a night and the Kalaloch Campground is truly beautiful no matter what time of year!

Photo by: Hip Camp
Photo by: Hip Camp

11. Wright’s Beach – Sonoma Coast State Park, California

Plan on spending the night falling asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing at this awesome campground located in Sonoma Coast State Park. Visitors here spend most of their time searching the beach for shells, discovering the tidal pools and rolling down the sand dunes. Expect the campground here to be quiet, peaceful and open to having your four legged furry friends join you. Campsites 1-9 are the most private and located directly on the beach, where you can expect to see plenty of dolphins and whales playing in the ocean. The bathrooms here are exceptionally clean, the rangers friendly and efficient and although this campsite remains a quiet secret; it may not for long. It is important to note that there is a dangerous undertow and swimming in the water is not recommended. Also there are no showers available here but some located just up the road.

Sonoma Coast State Park

10. Malaquite Campground – Padre Island National Seashore, Texas

This oasis on the Gulf of Mexico offers 48 campsites and starts at just a mere $8 a night. The campground is tucked in the dunes just a short half mile away from the visitor’s center. Tent campers are welcome to set up on the sites or on the beach and campers are accommodated on a first-come first-serve basis. Amenities include cold showers, flush toilets and paved parking. In contrast to the neighboring spring break Mecca, Malaquite Campground is actually located on the longest undeveloped stretch of Barrier Island in the world. If you are lucky enough to visit in the summertime plan on seeing plenty of sea turtles hatching and making their way to sea. These sandy white beaches are a haven for these majestic creatures.

Photo by: Terry Ross via Flickr
Photo by: Terry Ross via Flickr

9. Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Massachusetts

Starting at just $22 a night, visitors can pitch their tent at this beautiful beach park where a breeze provides respite from the intense heat, all year round. Located on the Western end of Buzzard’s Bay, just West of Martha’s vineyards, campers flock to one of the 100 campsites. Pounding surf along this two-mile beach provides excellent windsurfing conditions and plenty of waves for the little ones to splash in. The scenery here is enough to amaze any visitors as wild flowers bloom, sand dunes are in the background and migratory shorebirds are all over the place. The campground offers such amenities as clean shower facilities, accessible restrooms and dump stations. Popular activities include swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, sailing and boating.

Photo by: Tim Pierce via Flickr
Photo by: Tim Pierce via Flickr

8. Ninilchik View Campground – Ninilchik State Recreation Area, Alaska

On top of a bluff over Ninilchik Beach sits 13 awesome campsites. Two 10,000 snow-capped volcanoes frame the horizon and tidal fluctuations constantly change the awesome scenery. The stairway down the bluff leads visitors to vast sandy beaches at low tide, perfect for relaxing or beachcombing. There is tons of wildlife, calling this place home, like magpies, bald eagles and squirrels. Visitors enjoy nearby fishing, clamming and hiking. The campground has a host on site, a dump site nearby and costs as little as just $1 a night to stay there. It is important to note that clamming and fishing are sometimes banned during certain seasons. Watch as the wave’s crash against the cliffs, bald eagles circle overhead and enjoy the peace and solitude of this secret campground.

Photo by: wagnertravelnotes
Photo by: wagnertravelnotes

7. Assateague State Park – Assateague Island, Maryland

This campground is Maryland’s only ocean campground and is located on the barrier island, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and Sinepuxent Bay. Campers will look forward to two miles of ocean beaches that are popular for swimming, surfing, fishing, sunbathing and beachcombing. The camping sites are pretty basic here, with a pad, fire ring, picnic table and a couple of spots with electrical hookups. The bathhouse is stocked with flushed toilets and showers though. All of the campsites are just a short walk to the beach or bay where there are a plethora of activities. Canoeing and kayaking in the bay through secluded coves and marsh areas gives visitors the opportunities to get up close and personal to awesome wildlife.

Photo by: theobine via Flickr
Photo by: theobine via Flickr

6. Sea Camp Campground – Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia

This remote barrier island is a labyrinth of gnarled live oak branches, picture perfect wide flat beaches and an awesome campground with 16 individual campsites as well as two group sites. With rates at $4 per person per night, you can’t go wrong pitching a tent here. This remote island campground is only accessible by boat and visitors should expect restroom facilities with cold showers, picnic tables and firepits at each site. There is a small amphitheatre for ranger programs as well as a boardwalk that takes visitors out to the beach. The beach ranges over 18 miles long and a favorite pastime of many includes searching for shells and shark teeth. Keep your eyes peeled for manatees, sea turtles and over 300 species of birds that call this island home. Swim, bike or kayak around the area and just remember that camping is limited to a maximum of seven nights at one time.

Photo by: Jason and Kris Carter via Flickr
Photo by: Jason and Kris Carter via Flickr

5. Oceanside Campground – Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

If you happen to love wild ponies, Oceanside Campground located between Chincoteague Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is the perfect place to pitch your tent and watch as a herd of wild ponies roam around; after all they have called this place home for over 300 years. There are a total of 104 waterfront campsites to choose from, all offering superior seaside sunset views. The amenities here aren’t quite as grand as others on this list but that is all part of the charm. Expect adequate restrooms with cold water showers, picnic tables and fire rings. Most of the days here will be spent either surfing or playing in the waves, digging up clams and fishing for crabs. It is important to note that this location is extremely windy and make sure you have extra long tent poles to make sure your tent doesn’t fly away in the middle of the day. It is also recommended to take a flashlight with you on a beach walk at night to see the ghost crabs running all about.

Photo by: Jim Pennucci via Flickr
Photo by: Jim Pennucci via Flickr

4. Jalama Beach County Park – Santa Barbara, California

This Santa Barbara country park maintains just over 100 campsites, all of them overlooking the ocean or beachfront. Each site includes a BBQ pit, picnic table and 31 of them offer electrical hook up. Full restrooms including hot showers are located nearby. Beachfront sites start at $45 a night and do fill up fast so it is recommended you book early in order to snag one of these. Campers here engage in a variety of activities including surfing, whale watching, fishing and bird watching. High winds and rough surf can make the water hazardous for weak swimmers and thankfully there are lifeguards present in the summer months. If you feel like passing on cooking over the campfire the infamous Jalama Beach Grill is just a short walk away. Here visitors can indulge in one of the famous burgers, topped with tons of veggies and an extra special sauce.

Photo by: John Murphy via Flickr
Photo by: John Murphy via Flickr

3. Cape Perpetua Campground – Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon

This rugged section of the Oregon coastline is teeming with sea life, blowholes and an abundance of wildlife. The campground is located between the old-growth forest and the beach, with access to impressive hiking trails and incredible beach views. Steep cliffs, rolling hills, sand dunes and lush forests are all part of the scenery here. There are a total of 40 campsites here; in this one of two national forests that borders the Pacific. Visitors here love to explore the many tidal pools, hiking the 23-mile trail system or simply relaxing on the beach. The campsites are each equipped with a picnic table and fire ring and flush toilets and drinking water is provided. The visitors center provides a breathtaking view of the ocean and show numerous short films in the theater. Rates start at just $22 a night and the view alone is worth it.

Photo by: Prisma Bildagentur AG / Alamy via Travel + Leisure
Photo by: Prisma Bildagentur AG / Alamy via Travel + Leisure

2. Westport-Union Landing State Beach – Westport, California

This campground is located atop a cliff top, making it one of the most dramatic campgrounds when it comes to epic scenery. With 86 sites this campground is first come first serve but don’t let that scare you away. Visitors who get lucky enough to stay here will enjoy the soundtrack of crashing waves, all day and night. This beach covers over three miles of rugged coastline, tree-covered mountains and awesome sunsets making it the perfect place for the budding photographer to pitch a tent. Restrooms and drinking water is available here but that is pretty much it in terms of campground amenities, this is truly primitive camping at its best. Prepare yourself for unpredictable weather, activities such as geocaching, fishing and swimming and enjoy nature at its finest at this beautiful state beach in California.

Photo by: Agathe B via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by: Agathe B via Wikimedia Commons

1. Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui, Hawaii

Black volcanic sand, the bright blue sparkling sea and lush green vegetation make this one of America’s prettiest beach campsites. At Wai’anapanapa State Park visitors will be privy to a wild, low-cliff volcanic landscape that offers peace and solitude, a respite from the urban cities. Shore fishing and hiking through the incredible trails are among the most popular activities to do here, although many people love to bask in the hot sun on the small black sand beach. Offering 60 campsites starting at just $12 a night, this campground is located near a ton of natural wonders including the native hala forest, legendary caves and blowholes. Located near the end of the renowned Road to Hana, it is here where campers can pitch a tent and discover the beauty of the quieter side of the island of Maui.

Wai’anapanapa State Park

10 Things to See and Do in Santa Barbara

Spectacular mountains, sparkling blue ocean, gorgeous landscapes, and sunny weather all year round are just a handle of incredible things that make Santa Barbara so wonderful and majestic. Home to artists, wine makers, chefs and brewers who look to stretch their imaginations and create something different; this city is truly a melting pot of culture. From the Urban Wine Trail that offers 22 wine tasting rooms two blocks from the beach to the world’s safest beach to a working wharf that offers fresh seafood; this city offers endless possibilities of things to see and do. Lounge on the pristine Butterfly Beach in Montecito and celebrity watch or kayak around the sea caves through the Channel Islands. Here are our top ten things to see and do in the lovely city of Santa Barbara.

10. Head to Channel Islands

The Channel Islands National Park that encompasses five remarkable islands and the ocean environment surrounding them is a stunning, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore. Channel Islands are home to incredible wildlife, beautiful flora and cultural history. All five islands are open to visitors but not all are easy to get to and we highly suggest researching the islands before you go as there are no services available on the islands and you must bring in your own food and water.

A popular activity here is sea kayaking and most outfitters offer tours which include ferry tickets, equipment, snorkeling gear, knowledgeable guides and education on the natural history. It can be argued the best place to sea kayak is through the sea caves at Scorpion Anchorage and around the Santa Cruz Island. Multiple day tours can be arranged and include many areas around the islands that are only accessible by kayak or canoe.  The islands are all different and unique in their own ways and if you are prepared to camp for a few days this is one experience that you will not forget. Riveting beauty and tranquility await you in the Channel Islands.

Channel Islands National Park California

9. Spot the Stars in Montecito

The lush intimate village of Montecito is located a short drive or bike ride just outside the city limits of Santa Barbara. It’s a place where billionaires are just regular folks and celebrities are the norm. One of the wealthiest places in the entire nation it is not likely you will be spending an entire week here but this village is a great day trip to explore the beautiful hotels, beaches and taste some of the finest foods. If you decide to treat yourself to a night here we highly recommend staying at the Four Seasons Biltmore or the Montecito Inn that was built for none other than Charlie Chaplin.

Boasting one of the best coastlines in the country; Montecito has no shortage of beautiful beaches. Head to Butterfly Beach where sparkling calm waters and warm sand create the perfect place to relax and unwind. Miramar Beach is another popular beach with its beach houses lining the curved sand. Tide pools provide endless hours of fun and the waves are perfect for boogie boarding. Grab a bite to eat on one of the many outdoor patios where award-winning chefs come to dazzle the locals and visitors with innovative cuisine. Just remember; this area is home to many stars that come here for privacy and appreciate the space visitors give them.

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Terry Straehley / Shutterstock.com

8. Visit Lotusland

Often described as a jewel of Santa Barbara; Lotusland is a unique experience that any visitor or resident of the city should experience. This breathtaking tour through incredible gardens does require an advanced reservation so be sure to book as early as possible. The story behind these gardens is one of the reasons to visit them. The gardens were donated to the city by Ganna Walska, a wealthy widow who’s past included performing in New York, marrying six times and devoting her energy to creating beautiful gardens.

From stunning cactus gardens that seem to be the favorite of all to the butterfly garden to the water garden; there are over 18 separate areas to explore each with their own unique attributes. The tour guides do a wonderful job explaining the various plants, flowers and the history of the grounds. Unfortunately there is not an opportunity to explore the grounds on your own but the two-hour guided tour provides enough time and information to suffice. The immaculate grounds, the fascinating history and the sacredness of this place make it a worthwhile visit in Santa Barbara.

Photo by: Ganna Walska Lotusland
Photo by: Ganna Walska Lotusland

7. Take an Epic Hike

Santa Barbara has some of the best hiking spots around and for the avid trekker there is no shortage of hikes to be had. From beach walks to mountains to waterfalls; experienced or beginner the variety of options is truly endless. One thing to note about the waterfall hikes is to check the water levels before you go as the dry weather is affecting them severely. Whether you are looking for a short flat hike, a long winding trek up the mountain or a hike to the natural hot springs, you will find it all in this city.

One of the most popular hikes is Inspiration Point Hike which is about a 3.5 mile round trip that leads you to stunning views of the ocean, mountains, Channel Islands and the city. A popular place for sunset hikes, the path starts out paved and turns into a trail about a mile in. Prepare to gain about 800 feet in elevation but anyone in good shape should have no trouble. The Gaviota Hot Springs is another popular hiking option; although depending where you start from can either be a serious 9 mile hike through the bush or a short trek through the woods. The hot springs are truly natural with a few pools lined with black sand and green/blue water. Whichever hike or hikes you decide to do in the city make sure to bring plenty of water as the sun gets extremely hot during the day.

Santa Barbara Coastline California

6. Santa Barbara Zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo is much like the city itself; clean, quiet, small and absolutely lovely. If you are in this city with children this is an absolute must stop and one of the first places you should visit. Geared towards children, the zoo is small in nature allowing families to travel through it without walking so much that those little legs get too tired to continue on. The intimacy of the zoo is also a perk that other larger zoos lack and provides a feeling of being closer to the animals here.

More than 500 animals are on display here including snow leopards, gorillas, elephants and the overly popular penguins. Participate in the daily giraffe feedings, watch the show on dinosaurs or get up close and personal with the animals in the barnyard. For an extra special experience participate in one of the behind the scenes experiences where you will tag alongside a zookeeper and learn all the ins and outs of taking care of the animals. The Santa Barbara Zoo invites you to discover the open and inviting habitat that so many of their animals call home, and is a must do when you are in the city.

Otter Santa Barbara Zoo California

5. Visit Stearns Wharf

We couldn’t leave Santa Barbara’s number one tourist destination off the list of things to see and do in this city and that is a visit to Stearns Wharf. California’s oldest working wharf offers everything from the freshest seafood to fun recreation to an incredible sea center. Visitors will want to spend a few hours here taking in the sights and treating their bellies to the catch of the day. Views from the wharf at sunset and sunrise are a treat with the ocean and mountains in sight, along with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of seals, pelicans and other bird species.

Watch the local fishermen unload their catches or try your hand at fishing off the end of the wharf; tackle and bait are sold right there for your convenience. Stop into the Sea Center which is a working sea lab and learn more about the marine life in the area. Take a ride on the water taxi, shop for souvenirs or dine outside at one of the eateries. Grab an ice cream and stroll along this wooden pier reading about the history from the plaques placed along the pier. Enjoy the beautiful weather, the interesting history and you might just find yourself coming back here more than once.

Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara California

4. Discover the City Art

Santa Barbara is full of hidden nooks and crannies bursting with history and beauty and among these nooks are beautiful pieces of art throughout the city. From towering fountains to bronze statues to fascinating sculptures there is art to be found around every corner. A great way to spend the day in this city is searching out these pieces of art. One of the loveliest fountains to find is the Dolphin fountain located at the entrance to Stearns Wharf.

The La Arcada shopping mall is the ultimate place to enjoy the city’s public art with several bronze statues and beautiful sculptures. The courtyard is full of interesting one-off shops, galleries and great restaurants and bistros that serve up delicious food and drinks. Along with bronze playful dolphins and a turtle fountain; visitors will enjoy the lifelike bronze statues from artists J. Seward Johnson and George Lundeen. Santa Barbara does a great job in incorporating public art into the city’s design and make sure you spend a day discovering these incredible pieces of art.

Fountain Santa Barbara California

3. Visit the World’s Safest Beach (CARPINTERIA)

Just 12 miles southeast of the city of Santa Barbara is the world’s safest beach; Carpinteria or Carp as the locals call it. Perhaps it is the gentle sloping of the beach, the calm waves, and the small and welcoming community that make it so safe. Perhaps it is the seals and sea lions that play in the waters, or the tide pools that are home to starfish, sea urchins, crabs and more that pull visitors to the beach. The gorgeous mountain views, the sound of laughter of children playing and the smells of apple bacon that waft across the beach are all normal occurrences here.

Visit the beach to sit back and relax in the miles of white sand or rent an inner tube from the beach shack and paddle out into the calm waters. Pack a picnic lunch and take advantage of the barbecues on site, or try your hand at a volleyball game. Swim alongside the dolphins that often visit the area or catch a glimpse of a migrating grey whale. Head further north to Santa Claus lane where surf board rentals and lessons often take place as the beautiful beach offers the perfect break for beginners. However you choose to spend your day here; this spectacular beach will not disappoint.

CARPINTERIA beach santa barbara California

2. Visit the Funk Zone

The city of Santa Barbara has always been somewhat of a haven for artists, wine makers, chefs and artisans that look to bring a little something different to the table and it’s no surprise that the Funk Zone has taken off in support of these incredible people. The Funk Zone is less funk and more vibe and this neighborhood has been transformed into a sub-culture of artisan shops, micro-breweries, wine tasting rooms, art galleries and hip eateries. Old warehouses and forgotten shops have been transformed into these hidden hot spots along the coast of California.

The Funk Zone is perhaps most widely known for its Urban Wine Trail, a series of 22 tasting rooms that represent Santa Barbara’s award winning wines. Choose to walk or take a pedi-cab as you make your way from one room to the next tasting the best this city has to offer. From Tiki themed rooms to the famous Santa Barbara Winery with its exceptional wines there is no way to pack in all of these rooms in one day but if you wanted to try, most of them are open from 10am-6pm.  Located just two blocks from the beach and around the corner from some great restaurants; the Urban Wine Trail is just one example of what makes The Funk Zone neighborhood so enjoyable and unique.

Red Wine glasses

1. Go Wine Tasting

If you love wine Santa Barbara is the perfect landing place for you as the cities wineries are located just steps from downtown, the beach and in the rolling hills of the surrounding mountains. The unique climate, the East to West Mountains, the pacific breezes and the exceptionally long growing season are all factors that contribute to the award winning wines that are produced here. Known for its wine tastings and tours; this should be one of the first things to experience in the city.

The Santa Ynez Mountains offer some of the best wineries including Kalyra Winery started by Mike Brown who originates from Australia. It is quickly becoming one of the most fun and laid back tasting rooms with its beach like atmosphere and wine choices for everyone. Featured in the movie “Sideways” this winery has become very popular so we suggest booking beforehand. For a more traditional winery experience head to Rusack Boutique Winery; where an inviting tasting room with a redwood deck built around beautiful oak trees awaits. A custom made tasting bar, pottery throughout and award-winning wines make this the perfect stopover for a picnic and a glass of vino. For a more urban wine experience head over to our next destination; The Funk Zone.

Vineyard Santa Barbara California

The 8 Best Places in the World to Sky Dive

Many people have a bucket list of the things they want to do before they reach a certain age. Skydiving makes an appearance on these lists quite often, and for good reason. There has always been a certain allure to the idea of flying through the air, and what better way to give yourself that magical feeling, along with a good rush of adrenaline, than skydiving? Whether you’re a seasoned skydiver, or planning that first jump, skydiving in a location with great scenery will make that jump even more memorable. Here are eight great locations to consider while planning your skydiving trip.

1. Fox Glacier, New Zealand

New Zealand is considered the adventure capital of the world, due to the numbers of people who participate in extreme sports here. The natural beauty of the scenery is stunning, and includes the Tasman Sea, lakes and glaciers. The many top notch instructors and facilities available here will make sure that you have the best skydiving experience possible, regardless of your skill and comfort level.

Fox Glacier New Zealand

2. Interlaken, Switzerland

Skydiving in the Swiss Alps is a unique way to enjoy an extraordinary view of snowcapped mountains and glaciers. This is also one of the more affordable places to skydive. Once you’ve completed your jump, you’ll find there is much more to do if you are so inclined, including white water rafting and paragliding.

Interlaken, Switzerland

3. Dubai

Dubai is quickly becoming one of the best skydiving destinations in the world. On your descent here you will be able to see a man made peninsula floating on the water with its own private beach, the tallest building in the world and the World Islands archipelago. Once you’ve seen the views you can enjoy Dubai’s nightlife, or even try a quad ride in the desert.

Dubai

4. Seville, Spain

Besides being a lovely destination to visit with great weather most of the year, Seville offers the benefit of having a variety of skydiving courses available. No matter what your experience, comfort level or budget, there is a choice available for everyone. For those looking to soar to new heights, there are drops available as high as 15,000 feet with amazing and varied views of the city below.

Seville, Spain

5. Wollongong, Sydney, Australia

Skydiving in Sydney will provide you with panoramic views of the both the coastline of Australia and Sydney. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a whale, dolphin or other marine life in the water off the coastline. You’ll find that Sydney is a beautiful city to visit, whether you’re taking it in up close, or from thousands of feet in the air.

Wollongong, Sydney, Australia

6. Le Marche, Italy

This area of Italy is known for its art, culture and cuisine, as well as its beautiful scenery. It’s also a great place to skydive due to astounding views of the Adriatic Sea. Don’t forget to take some time to relax and enjoy the cuisine with a great glass of wine before you leave!

Le Marche, Italy

7. Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara is the location of North America’s highest tandem skydive. It’s also a great choice for first time skydivers, offering spectacular aerial views of the California coastline. With a drop zone located only a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, you’ll be able to take advantage of many other opportunities, such as surfing, sightseeing and much more.

Santa Barbara, California

8. Mt. Everest, Nepal

For those looking for the ultimate skydiving experience, what could provide a bigger thrill than soaring over the highest mountain peak in the world? This skydiving adventure does come at a hefty price, and needs to be reserved six months in advance. There are only four diving trips available at Mt. Everest per year, but if you’re looking for the experience of a lifetime, this might be the way to go.

Mt. Everest, Nepal