20 beach camping spots within driving distance of Tampa Bay

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Nothing beats bonfires, ocean sunsets and pitching a tent in the sand. Few weekend roadtrips rival beach camping, and some of the best spots are within a short drive from Tampa Bay. Here are a few of our favorite places to camp oceanside.

Before you plan your overnight camping trip, make sure to call ahead or check the park’s website for information on its public safety rules and restrictions.

—Christopher Cann