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Ocean Waves Campground

25313 Hwy 12
Waves, NC 27982
8 Reviews
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The campground is very nice and clean and well kept as everyone else says. The pads are nice but the sites are narrow, with all the long campers now, everyone has to park their trucks sideways, so you are surrounded by campers and trucks if you like to sit outside. A little claustophbic. The owners are very strict which gives the place a little unfriendly vibe, we were reprimanded for putting our truck in an empty spot while we were backing the motor home in... by the owner.. who had just taken our $500 and we had only been there about 5 minutes. We could have left it in the middle of the road and blocked traffic! Then there are a lot of "permanents" who are unfriendly. They walk all the time and if you fall in front of them, they will walk right over you. It all has an unfriendly atmosphere and feeling of being "watched" as its obvious there is a lot of tattle telling going on.

Received from Marie for visit in Sep 2012

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Stay Again? NO
This was a very quiet and peaceful campground. It was very well kept. The owners also were very nice to us. The Wifi signal was very strong throughout the whole campground. The rates were very reasonable. Would and will stay here again on our next visit to the outer banks.

Received from David for visit in Jun 2012

Site Number: 37
Stay Again? YES
Narrow spaces. Poor power. 45 high dune blocked wind and access to the beach. Find another campground along the Cape.

Received from Mac Smith for visit in Jul 2012

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Stay Again? NO
We've just returned from an abbreviated stay (4 nights) at Ocean Waves and would highly recommend this campground to anyone who is interested in spending quality time on North Carolina's beaches. The campground is very well kept with manicured grass on all the sites which are removed from the actual beach, i.e., from the bath house nearest the dunes back to Rt. 12. Lots were level and most contained some shade. The most impressive thing about this campground was the solitude...not your normal noisy rowdy bunch. Nights were quiet, days were almost as quiet and not the normal hustle and bustle we've grown so accustomed to with most campgrounds. If you're interests include peace and quiet and ready access to the beach, this is the place. We also toured other campgrounds on Hatteras while there and without a doubt, this campground is the best we saw on the island. We'll be staying there again first chance we get to head back to the island!

Received from Bruce Pittman for visit in Jan 2009

Site Number: 8
Stay Again? YES
We had site #65 and it was full sun. Site was concrete, FHU with cable and very level with manicured grass all around, no sand. When I checked the bathhouse the floor was wet and had sand in it. The showers had been redone but were very mildewy. There was no air in them and the doors were always open which probably helped the problem. I only checked them once since we have our own bath in our unit, and prefer to use it to a public bathhouse. Most people we talked to come here every year with their families having summer reunions. It had a fun outdoor games atmosphere. To get a reservation you must mail in your application after Jan 1st of the year, until Mar when they accept phone calls. There is a store, game room, pool that was strange shaped(you could slide down the sides)and a playset. We did not like the beach as we come from FL and are spoiled by the Gulf Coast. We felt the sand was very dirty/black and sticked to you. We even took pictures of our dd's feet to show how black they got after walking along beach. You can have fires on the beach there. The NPS is cracking down on driving 4WD on beach right now because of nesting birds. Many people were unhappy about this. Park owners are very strict and rules are followed or you are out. This was not a problem for us or our neighbors. We did not have problems with noise from the houses nearby, probably because they are so expensive to rent and the gas prices have made people re-evaluate their spending, that most were not completely full when we were there. The campground was full the entire week we were there though. Good location to go north or south for visiting nearby attractions. We did not have any problems with traffic during our stay. The day we left they were doing roadwork which could slow people down though as it is only a 2 lane road.

Received from for visit in Jul 2008

Site Number: 65
Stay Again? YES
This was our first time to the OBX,great experience even with a sub tropical storm. This campground is very nice,and very clean. The sites were conccrete and level,it didn't take very long to set up our 5th wheel at all.We had a shade and the beach was accessable just over the dunes.Everyone at the office was very nice and helpful,we hope to return as often as possible.

Received from Donna C for visit in Sep 2007

Site Number: 67
Stay Again? YES
This was our first trip to the Outer Banks, couldn't have picked a better campground. The owners were super nice, site pads were narrow, your are not allowed to put a rug past the concrete pad, but not a problem since you had grass and clover in front. This campground is clean and well maintained. Some sites are backed up to some houses, which seemed to be party houses for school kids. There are some sites with trees, which we had. I was told that you can't request a certain site on return stay, that part stinks. Bathrooms were old school but clean. Campground is ocean front, just walk over the dunes. Office, store and gameroom is all the same building. The pool is beside that building. Pet friendly. Rates are very reasonable. Stayed here in a 30' fifth wheel. Hope to return next year

Received from Patsy for visit in Jun 2007

Site Number: 33
Stay Again? YES
Located in the middle of the NPS Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the little village of Waves NC. It's a small, family owned & operated ocean front campground, They have full hook-up's including cable TV for under $30 per night (half what other local full service campgrounds in this area cost). Private campground access to the beach, pool, store, gameroom, and they actually have some sites with shade tree's. The campground is located only 14 miles south of the Bonner Bridge, about 30 mins from Nags Head.

Received from Cliff M for visit in 2005

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES

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