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We rolled in today for a four night stay at Ocean waves Campground. Based on the reviews we thought it would be great place. Everything went fine in check in. However when drove in, it was the tightest, most crowded campsite we’d ever seen. When we got to our site we saw that it was incredibly cramped and was a 90° back in with too many cars at adjacent sides to make it even possible to make the turn.
Additionally, our site (that was to accommodate our trailer and a tent) was a small concrete pad surrounded by grass that was under several inches of water. The electrical hook up post￼ was in a huge puddle unsafe to navigate.
While the adjacent campers in full Trump regalia looked on, I booked a site at the adjacent KOA. Staff was grouchy at my insistence that the site would not do and was unsafe, but did refund all but one nights stay.
Ocean Waves Campground is located on the Outer Banks of NC. The campsites are slightly larger than some of the other sites we looked at around the area - and this campground is smaller, and family run, which we liked better!
Ocean Waves has some nice shady spots and picnic tables at each site. There is a small swimming pool, a bathhouse with hot showers (exposed plumbing, but it worked all the same!) and a camp store on site.
There is also a small gated dog run, which is nice, because we haven't seen another one while being at the Outer Banks!! There is also a swingset - perfect for younger kids - to be able to play on just a walk away from our site!
I would recommend one of the perimeter spots for sure - they seem a bit shadier and quieter. They back up to houses immediately behind, but for the beach - this campground will do perfectly!
Ocean Waves is smaller than most of the other campgrounds on the Island, but they are not small on service! They offer everything the bigger campgrounds offer, but at about half the nightly fee. FHU sites include cable TV and free WiFi, 89 total campsites, 3 bath houses, and they even have a few sites with shade tree's (a difficult commodity for anyplace on the outerbanks), Family run, so you'll get some very personalized service too!! I've been coming to this campground for years, won't stay anywhere else on OBX.