Visiting the most beautiful places on the planet doesn’t have to be expensive if you don’t mind forgoing a few luxuries.  If you are traveling on the cheap and looking for a free place to stay, check out these 3 free campgrounds.

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore has 70 miles of beach available for camping right next to the Gulf so you never have to worry about not being able to find a place to camp. Just drive your car or RV onto the beach and set up camp at the base of the sand dunes. If you want to drive the entire 70 miles of beach you’ll need a 4 wheel drive. But a 2 wheel drive vehicle will get you about 5 miles down the beach leaving plenty of space between you and your nearest neighbors.

Pros:

* Camping on the beach right next to the water.

* Sunrise over the Gulf and sunset over the Laguna Madre.

* Fresh fish – cast your net out near the southern barrier of North Beach for an easy net full of a variety of fish.

* Windsurfing on the Laguna Madre.

Cons:

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