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Salisbury Beach Camping

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New England boasts some mighty fine beach camping and Jay and I have camped at quite a few of them. 

True beach front or ocean front campsites are very popular and camping remains a favorite past time for many families. It is usually pretty inexpensive and a wonderful time for family memory making!  One such place is very close to New Hampshire and is a long time favorite beach spot of mine.

 Salisbury Massachusetts has really improved over the years and you haven't been there lately...now might be the time to come back. 

Salisbury Beach CenterSalisbury Massachusetts has long had a reputation, and not a nice one at that.

I remember years ago that Salisbury always drew a rough crowd, nasty fights in the bars and lots of crime.  The beach was filthy and trash could be seen everywhere. Totally Yuck!

Consequently over the years the property values have declined in Salisbury as the town struggled with a nasty reputation.

Over the last few years though, we've noticed a difference in Salisbury as the town is trying to take back their town.

There is a revitalization going on, new condos being built albeit some are right next to a popular strip club. Waterfront properties are being cleaned up and are now well maintained. The town is starting to look nice and prices are increasing.  I always said we should buy beach property in Salisbury while it is so shabby...we never did!

Now Salisbury's police are always in sight as they patrol the area.  Crime has decreased and public drunkenness and rowdiness have also decreased.   While I probably still wouldn't walk the town beach alone at night I do feel a lot safer now.

One gem that Salisbury always had was a State Park called Salisbury Beach State Reservation. The State of Massachusetts maintains the beach and a huge campground on this awesome spot. 

I've been going to Salisbury Beach...the state beach not the town beach for well over 35 years.  Jay and I love camping in the Reservation because it is 30 minutes from our home in Hampstead NH and that means as real estate agents we can go back and forth to work as needed. Plus our motor home is fully equipped as a mobile office!

The beach has life guards, snack stations, rest rooms and showers. A yearly pass is well worth the money if you're a beach goer.

The campground is a popular place, nestled at the mouth of the mighty Merrimac River and the Atlantic Ocean. Reservations must be made 6 months in advance if you want a good site.

While the campground itself could be better maintained it is an in demand destination and people line up to get in. The camp workers are a bit lackadaisical in my opinion but the place is huge and it must be hard for them to keep up. That said I don't use the public facilities and wouldn't want to.  The campground is a no frills campground but has an awesome ocean and river location. Rates are 22.00 per night for non-residents.  

The campground strictly enforces a No Alcohol rule...if the state troopers even see a hint of alcohol at your campsite they have the right to enter your site and take it away. They'll give you about 15 minutes to pack up and leave.   They patrol on Horseback, bikes and cars...and are everywhere. While I like to drink from pretty glasses...at Salisbury I drink from a plain paper cup and keep my alcohol bottles well out of sight.  

They also have a boat launch area that has awesome sunsets. Jay and I ride our bikes around the park or do a walkabout at night looking at all the funky decorated camp sites.

We're about 5 minutes away from Ceal's Clam shack where we get some awesome sea food chowder and a short 10 minutes away is New Hampshire's popular Hampton Beach.

Salisbury is a perfect exploring location. Explore the NH coastline or take a day trip to Maine which less than an hour north. Or simply sit and relax at your site or on the pretty sandy ocean beach!

Check out some of the photos I took of our August 2007 camping trip to Salisbury Beach Massachusetts just click on the lobster buoy.








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Comments (32)

Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
except for the camping part, I'm totally jealous :-)
Aug 22, 2007 02:26 PM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
Ann...I do love onion rings a very nasty weakness of mine! I'm cooking steak tips tonight...did you get my voice mail message?
Aug 23, 2007 01:07 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Jennifer, Camping is so popular and we have many great family camping spots. NH has a huge amount of lakes and all of them offer some sort of camping.

My camper is pretty safe...nothing could get in without me letting it in. It is pretty much my condo on wheels. 

Aug 23, 2007 01:13 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
LOL...Carole gf the camping part is awesome! Plus I really think everything tastes better cooked outside.
Aug 23, 2007 01:15 AM
Vickie Wyman
All Access Real Estate Associates NH/VT - Haverhill, NH

Hi Monika:

Wow how wonderful this must have been for you and Jay!!  I long for the day where I can take a vacation.

I haven't been on in a very long time, as you will see from my latest post I am overwhelmed with the new office..but Loving it.



Aug 23, 2007 12:50 PM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Hi Vickie....Long time no see! Hope all is going well up there for you.

I'll go check out your latest post. 

Aug 24, 2007 07:52 AM
Nick M.
Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser
Hi Monika & Jay.. that looks like a really fun place. especially in a nice motor home. :)) Jay looks like he's enjoying the scenery,.. was he drinking out of paper cups too :)) i remember i used to always use the Slurpee cups from 7-11. :))  you crazy kids.!!!  thanks for sharing, and now i'm hungry. this diet is starting to wear on me.. but my figure is lookin' nice! haha ;^*  (<--whistle for the skinny kid)
Aug 24, 2007 12:44 PM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Hi Nick,

It is a fun place to camp and you bet we drink out of paper cups while we're there LOL!  How much weight have you lost Nick? 


Aug 31, 2007 01:52 PM

Salsibury camping is a total waste of time

The camp ground is populated with drunk bubbas, thier dogs and laud kids.No shade at all.

The town of Salsibury DOES NOT WANT YOU THERE. You will pay heavily for parking. There are drunks and drug addicts stumbling around all times of day and the place smells like piss. I would never bring my kids to Salsibury again. I felt very unsafe there.

Oct 13, 2009 12:39 AM

Is this just an RV park or are their tent sites available as well? We have walked on the Town Beach before and drove past the State Park. But their site doesn't give a whole lot of information. Any tips you have would be great!

May 29, 2011 01:04 PM
These posts seem to take place in 2007.......any updates 2011? Some friends of mine with a family say it's great any more thoughts. Joe
Sep 10, 2011 03:16 AM

The prices this year have doubled. That's awful considering no alcohol and no,cable hookup. Non resident pays 39. Night

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Feb 22, 2016 11:50 PM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Salisbury Beach looks so laid back and the perfect place to explore. Thanks for the tour! 

Feb 23, 2016 10:39 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thanks for sharing your experiences! I love it when a city invests in revitalization programs and gives the place a new face lift. This sounds exactly what happened and it is working! I love New Hamshire, Maine, and Massachusetts beaches. Although, it has been years since I've camped on the beach, I would be disappointed if I had a great past experience, only to come back later and have disappointment wash away my memories. 

Salisbury Beach has done a good thing and I hope other beach communities do the same. 

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