Heading out on a day trip to the beach? Or perhaps a beach camping trip? Instead of lugging behind a cumbersome beach tent or shade canopy, consider ditching your old gear and opting for a hammock instead. They’re easy to set up, and there are plenty of reasons to switch up your old routine by hanging in a hammock on the beach.
Why would you want to use a hammock on the beach?
There are countless reasons to sleep in a hammock instead of in a tent (or directly on the ground). For starters, you’ll sleep much better. The ground is hard and can lead to a lot of unnecessary tossing and turning. You’ll have great air flow and be able to enjoy all the best elements of beach camping - from the feel of the sea breeze on your face to the smell of the salty spray.
How to set up a hammock on palm trees
Some people think that they can’t use a hammock on the beach where they’re headed because the beach is home to only palm trees. However, this is far from the truth, and it’s not difficult to set up a hammock on a palm tree. The main difference is that instead of relying on ropes to fasten your hammock, you’ll use eyebolts or small screws.
Start by measuring your hammock. The trees should be spaced apart about a foot longer than the overall length of your hammock. Then, drill holes in each tree about five feet above the ground. Screw in your eye bolts and attach a chain to each one. Then, connect your hammock. You’ll be able to enjoy the beach breeze as you relax in style.
Palm trees are great choices for harboring your hammock because they tend to be exceptionally durable and shade-giving. Just make sure you avoid any falling coconuts!
How to set up a hammock on normal trees
Avoid any tree that looks weak, young, or overly small. Trees that produce large amounts of sap should also be crossed off your list, as these will attract insects or vines. Steer clear of trees like pines, cottonwoods, or hackberries.
Always use a tree-protective strap when you are setting up your hammock. As with setting up a hammock on a palm tree, make sure you measure the distance between the trees. Throw a rope around the trunk or branches to the tree, and then insert the non-looping end into the loop on the opposite side. Tighten it. Make sure the rope is wrapped around the tree at shoulder height. This will prevent you from sagging in the middle of the night!
Are trees on the beach public or private?
Always research the laws of the beach where you will be camping, as some trees or publicly or privately owned. Some beaches are privately owned or offered for public use through an easement - meaning hanging your hammock might be violating some property laws. Others may be publicly owned, but there could be regulations surrounding the trees.
How to set up a hammock on the sand
No trees in sight? You can still camp in a hammock! For about twenty dollars more, you can hang your hammock by using a hammock stand. These are portable and easy to set up, and come in a variety of designs and styles. You can also purchase longer beach stakes that help keep your stand sturdy on shifting sand.