Hawaii Is Fighting Back Against Illegal Campsite Rentals on Its Pristine Beaches
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Hawaii Is Fighting Back Against Illegal Campsite Rentals on Its Pristine Beaches

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Hawaii is not happy about the increasing number of people renting off prime "glamping" locations on its pristine beaches on sites like Airbnb. It's understandable: Many times, these listings aren't entirely legal as some of them are located in state parks, backyards, and public beach areas—locations that make it clear that it's illegal to resell camping permits. To fight the trend, the state senate passed legislation requiring all lodging services to verify their listings and prove they're legal before they can post it to the public.

Another knock against short-term beach campsites is that it's taking away some of the fun for locals looking for a weekend camping trip. Senator Donna Mercado Kim shared a few words on the topic with Skift: "It's for the local people to enjoy with their families, not to be retailed out and resold." All the more reason to pack up and move to the Big Island.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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