More than 1,500 companies, including some of the world’s largest travel companies, are planning to build campgrounds in some of America’s most iconic coastal states over the next few years.
In the meantime, more than 300,000 people are expected to camp at sea or in public beaches in the United States, according to the American Camping Association, which represents the industry.
The industry expects the new campsites will provide a wide variety of services to both visitors and residents, from creating and managing a park and recreation area, to hosting social events, such as weddings and family reunions, and allowing residents to visit the beach.
The new campsite projects are a continuation of a trend that began in the late 1990s, when companies began opening up campsites for guests to rent or rent out for events.
The new camps for rent also will be located in areas that were formerly off limits, such in the Pacific Northwest, in the Great Lakes, and along the Atlantic Coast, among others, said Chris Johnson, executive director of the California-based Pacific Coast Alliance.
Companies have also been creating camps for guests, although that business is still limited to the Bay Area and the Gulf Coast, Johnson said.
Campers are paying a premium for their property, especially as the economy has worsened.
The average price for a 1,600-square-foot (60-square meter) campground is $300,000, according the Association.
A tent or a bed in a tent costs about $1,000 per day, while a standard one costs about the same.
For the campgrounds that open in California and New York, the average rent is $4,000 a night, according an analysis by Real Estate Week.
The campgrounds are located in major tourist areas, such the Los Angeles area, and in coastal regions like the Gulf of Mexico, New England, and Florida, where the economy is improving, Johnson and other campers said.
The costs have risen dramatically in recent years, with the number of people paying for campsites reaching record levels in 2017, according, as well as more expensive, newer structures.
Some of the newer sites cost more than $10 million, Johnson estimated.
As more people begin to rent out their homes to campers, the cost of renting out campgrounds will also rise.
Campers are also expected to use more of their land to set up camp, making them more vulnerable to damage from hurricanes.
The American Camp, which has been running for more than 20 years, has a campground in Las Vegas, which opened in 2012 and has a capacity of about 30,000.
Its annual revenues have grown from $1.5 million in 2009 to more than four million last year, the association said.