Windy Weather – Beach Camping.
Having 30-knot winds blow sand straight off the beach and into your campsite (and face) is not a pleasant experience. So with this in mind, a wind break on your tarp or even the protection of setting up camp behind a sand dune will improve your camping experience.
Hot and Sunny Weather – Beach Camping.
When the weather is clear and sunny, beach camping is unparalleled. The water is crystal clear, there’s no wind, the waves are peeling perfectly for a surf and the fish are on the bite. But with skin cancer and sun damage top of mind, it’s best to protect you and your family from the unforgiving sun, having a sidewall on your gazebo, tarp or awning to protect you from the sun in the early morning is not a bad idea and remember to slip, slop, slap when your camping on the beach.
Previous weather – Beach Camping.
Something you must consider before you camp on the beach is the previous weather conditions and the effect it may have had on the beach you are about to drive on. The beach could be an absolute disaster zone after heavy rains or swells. With severe beach washouts, possible erosion that has exposed old buried rocks, and the driftwood etc that litters the beach from the ocean can tear a vehicle apart in seconds. At low tide I have seen the beach take on many different forms over the years, from having 50 or 60 metres of driving space to having that much sand erosion on low tide that you can barely pass each other and spend much of the time rock hopping at 10km p/hour in sections.
So do your research when it comes to beach camping and check out what the weather has been and is currently. There is nothing like being prepared.