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Top 10 Military Beaches with Accommodations

Just A Day at the Beach…

Military bases provide and offer great resources for its community to promote a healthy, happy lifestyle that is both manageable and fun. And with an abundance of exciting and interesting places to vacation, or to simply take a day trip, the military serves up some pretty great destinations!  Grab your sunscreen, beach bag, wide-brimmed hat, and hit the sand! (*Please be sure to take note of various scheduling restrictions and some facility closures as these locations adapt to the impact of COVID-19 on their normal operations. Always call ahead before making plans.)

California

Del Mar Beach, Camp Pendleton. Photo courtesy of Camp Pendleton MCCS.

Del Mar Beach, Camp Pendleton. Photo courtesy of Camp Pendleton MCCS.


Camp Pendleton’s Del Mar Beach: With over 17 miles of coastline along the Pacific, this beach has it all! Oceanfront Villas, RV camping and on-base lodging at either the Pendleton Pacific Views or the Pacific Ward Lodge. Cabanas, surfboards and beach activity rentals are available for daily use. The beach also offers a playground, Kid Cove swim area, bathhouses, vending and two Lifeguard stations. For more information, contact Del Mar Beach Guest Services, C-760-725-2134/ C-855-732-2118 or visit mccscp.com/delmarbeach. Open year-round.

Breakers Beach, Coronado. Photo courtesy of NASNI MWR.

Breakers Beach, Coronado. Photo courtesy of NASNI MWR.


Coronado NAS Breakers Beach: Located on the beautiful Island of Coronado, Breakers Beach is the perfect day at the beach. With views of the Coronado Bridge, Point Loma and the panoramic Pacific Ocean, this destination offers a relaxing beach day or accommodations at either the Navy Lodge or North Island Cottages. Three Lifeguard stands, cabana usage and fire pits on the beach are available for daily use. A playground area is centrally located at the Navy Lodge as well as a small exchange within the Navy Lodge reception area. Lifeguards on duty from 12-5 daily. Beach open daily from dawn to 11pm. For Cabana reservations, C-619-545-2874 or visit Navy Life SW Breakers Beach. Lodging reservations available at Navy Lodge North Island, C-800-NAVY-INN/C-619-435-0191, at NGIS North Island Coronado, C-877-NAVY-BED/C-619-545-9551, or at North Island Beach Cottages, C-877-NAVY-BED/C-619-435-1227.

Florida

Destin Recreation Area. Photo courtesy of Destin Rec Area Facebook.

Destin Recreation Area. Photo courtesy of Destin Rec Area Facebook.


Destin Army Recreation Area: Ideally situated between Pensacola and Panama City, this gated military resort is located on 15 acres along the Choctawhatchee Bay, minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and a private beach that is less than three miles away. For overn