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August 14, 2015 5:48 PM EDT

When making summer beach plans, sometimes all one really wants is an ultra simple warm-weather escape: sand, water, sun. Enter: these 12 sublime seaside camping spots, where visitors fall asleep to the sound of the surf and awaken to scenery to rival any five-star hotel. Even better? Each option has its own scenic bonus, from the snowcapped volcanoes in Alaska to the five species of sea turtles off the shores of Padre Island in Texas.

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