The Best Places To Go Camping


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo is of Boya Lake by By Adam Jones, Ph.D. (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

With the new year underway, people are asking themselves what they want to do and where they want to go in 2017. For some of us, that means going camping. But where to go? Check these incredible locations.

Boya Lake Provincial Park, Canada

Boya Lake is famous all over the world for its bizarrely crystal clear waters. Here, in the midst of rural Canada, you can enjoy some of the best water recreation that Canada has to offer. The lake itself is rare in the sense that it’s one of the few that's warm enough for swimming.

When the glaciers from the last ice age receded, they carved deep gullies into the mountains, leaving dozens of trails in their wake for walkers and campers to enjoy. Around Boya Lake, you’ll find a practically endless wilderness, teeming with wildlife, forests, and mountains. 

Miyajima, Japan

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Miyajima is an island right off the coast of Japan, near Hiroshima. The island attracts two distinct types of campers. On the one hand, it caters for those who like their camping experience to be rustic and as close to nature as possible.

You can pitch your tent on the island’s main campsite and explore the rest of it from there. On the other hand, the island caters for people who would prefer to “glamp” rather than camp. Visitors have the option of renting a cabin. 

The island itself is peppered with temples and cultural sites, as it was once an area of extreme religious importance. The best part about staying on the island, according to people who have been there, is the fact that you get to walk among the native deer on walks and hikes. 

The Isle Of Arran, Scotland

*By Vincent van Zeijst (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Scotland is a harsh place for any camper, so you’ll need the right equipment. Click here and learn more. But the Isle of Arran is perhaps one of the harshest, and most beautiful. Located in the Hebrides, the island has been inhabited by people since prehistoric times. There are stone monuments here that stand as a testament to the existence of the ancient people who lived there.

And today, the island offers a wide variety of landscapes and activities for campers. The weather will be poor, but the island has beautiful hills, rolling mountains and a rugged coastline that’s breathtakingly beautiful. Campers can kayak, hike, sail and cycle around the island. 

Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico

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Flamenco Beach is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. What’s more, campers are allowed to pitch their tents on it and enjoy all the sea has to offer, just a stone’s throw away. There are opportunities here to go swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

*Photo from Julian Mason

Kenya relies on tourism to feed its economy. So it’s opened up the Masai Mara National Reserve, the plains inhabited by the indigenous Maasai tribe. Here you’ll find grazing herds of zebra and wildebeest. You can camp on the banks of the Serengeti and meet with the Maasai tribe, a friendly bunch with distinct customs and dress. 

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