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“Waterfront site was gorgeous, but not for tents.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rodanthe Watersports and Campground

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Rodanthe Watersports and Campground
Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Waterfront site was gorgeous, but not for tents.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

We were thrilled to see our beautiful waterfront location at the campsite. The staff are friendly and helpful. It's a very compact campground, and the sites do have water and electricity if you need it. We have a sturdy 6 man tent, but never camped this close to open water. We didn't sleep much on the first night, due to the powerful wind gusts that rattled our tent relentlessly. Cooking outside was challenging in the constant winds. It was amazing to sit eating our seafood dinner in front of the sunset. There is a double sink outside the bathhouse with hot/cold and sprayer for washing dishes and an amazing view of the water to boot. There are plenty of showers, both inside and out. I recommend out.

A storm was rolling in on the second night. At 11:30pm, our 30mph-rated tent was starting to strain on the poles and seams. We felt it lifting off the ground, even with it securely staked and us in it! We decided to abandon the site and luckily found a small hotel room in Kill Devil Hills to sleep (Driftin Sands).

Again, the site was beautiful, the staff friendly and there was a lot to do. The beach was a half mile walk down a gravel road, or you could drive if you want a respite in air conditioning. We decided to kayak to work out one day, then just sit and watch the kite surfers from our campsite.
There is a little seafood market in close walking distance, along with a convenience store that also sold per-packaged frozen drinks (bonus!) In a very short driving distance, there is a second-story restaurant/bar with daily drink specials and a great view of the sound. (Good Winds)
I highly recommend an outdoor shower at night with the densely-packed starry sky above and wind all around. Amazing experience. Clean showers and bathroom too.
We will certainly go back, but with a pop-up camper next time. Definitely won't tent camp water side again!

Room Tip: sleep would be much better in a camper. Choose tent sites away from the waterfront.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank theLs
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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155 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2012 via mobile

We took our kids here to rent wave runners while staying in Nags Head. It was a bit of a drive but well worth it. Very reasonably priced and the owner is extremely friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend this place. Will return here next year!

Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank ChgoJohn
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Perkasie, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2012

First off, I spent about a solid month or so looking for a bad review on this place and all I found was that it was small and there is a very small graveyard next to two sites. When we pulled in, first impression was that I confirmed that it was small but it had a comfortable environment to it.
The good:
-sites big enough for a tent or two or a smaller RV/pop up.
-fairly clean bathrooms
-extremely friendly and outgoing staff and owner.
-the resident ducks Donald, Hewy, Dewy, and Lewy patrolling the small shore along the sound waters on the campground
-calm and right up close to the water
-hot showers
-watersports rental equipment at a good price (discounted for anybody staying at the campground)
the bad:
-the high winds sometimes makes bonfires a bit difficult
-bring bug spray and anything to keep the bugs away
overall?
Being broke college students, the affordable pricing was attractive with an experience that didn't disappoint at all. I go camping a good bit and this place is quite competitive with the bigger name campgrounds. It may not have as many luxuries as them but it still provides a positive experience with one of the friendliest staff a campground could have. if you plan on stocking up on food though, stop in Nags Head before heading down to Rodanthe since it's a little drive to get to the nearest Food Lion or other grocery store.

Room Tip: Book for a waterfront site rather than any other site
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Elliott B
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Raleigh
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

This sound-side campground has about 30 sites, which can accommodate tents, trailers and small motorhomes. They also rent watersports stuff (at a discount to campers), including kiteboards, jet skis, sailboats, surfboards and beach equipment.

Some of the sites directly face the sound; others are set back from the water or border a small cemetery (part of the neighboring property). An unfortunate few sites are close to the road and/or dumpsters, but most of those "bad" sites have a couple of trees for shade (the rest of the sites don't offer much relief from the heat).

All sites are flat, which is good for camping, but tiny, about three car lengths deep and 2-3 cars wide. Each site has its own (cold) water faucet, electric hookup, and a picnic table. Our site wasn't very clean: small litter and cigarette butts were visible. Also, what grass could grow was shin high.

I'd heard flying insects were problematic in the campground and thoughout the island, but they weren't bad on my trip. Then again, we had 20-mph sustained winds and gusts up to 30/35. Bring bug spray.

About 8 sites have fire pits - get one of those if you can. Otherwise, bring your own grill or eat at one of the nearby restaurants (one is next door; a few more are within walking distance). And there are places to get bags of ice, too.

Speaking of walking, it's about a 10-minute walk to the Atlantic Ocean and another 5-10 to a massive fishing pier. The whole beach appeared to be public in this area. Not many shells, seafoam, weeds or litter on the beach, which makes it excellent. There are, however, lots of mostly harmless jellyfish (one did sting me) and the occasional shark, though those animals obviously are not the campground's fault :-)

If you want to avoid the aquatic wildlife, rent some of the campground's watersports equipment (mentioned above) and play in the sound. There also was a small swimming area and an even smaller "beach." Both were empty.

When you're done in the water, the campground offers private outdoor showers to clean off the sand. There are indoor hot showers and regular toilet stalls, all of which are small and showing their age, but are reasonably clean.

Prices here were about the same as other locally-run campgrounds (the KOA nearby is much more expensive, but offers a pool and many other amenities). I was a little miffed to learn of a 3-night minimum required during the July 4 holiday weekend. It's still WAY cheaper than one night in a hotel or a weekend at the big-name campgrounds.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank anawas
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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2011

OK that's two words...but you get what I mean...

You need good tent pegs as the wind off the Pamlico sound is very strong and teh tent takes a beating...

The GOOD - Clean Bathrooms
The BAD - Very Cramped...felt like we were camping with next doors campers and we could here everyting they said
The UGLY - They have one a camping space that is set RIGHT NEXT TO THE DUMPSTER and ROAD Hope you don't get that one :(

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank beachlvr57
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2011

Camping literally by a body of water, but not the beach. The beach is about a quarter mile the other way, but easy to walk. Camp area is clean, there are hot showers, and friendly staff. The downside is that everyone is real close to one another. Also, if someone poops in their RV, it stinks up the entire campground with sewage. That's what happens when you convert a parking lot into a campsite though. However, you can't complain about the price for the location.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Incorporeal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2011

So me and my girl friend made plans for the fourth to go camping. When we got here the first thing we wanted to do was shower. When we showered in both showers ( men room and womans room) there was no hot water in the mens shower there was dead bugs and very un clean. The parking is tight we had to make a 20great point turn to get my gfs edge out of the hole we had to park in. The first night was breezy nothing to bad the next night it was so windy my tent swayed every which way all night causing us to get no sleep. Needless to say we will not be returning!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank jdmtom06
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Additional Information about Rodanthe Watersports and Campground

Property: Rodanthe Watersports and Campground
Address: 24170 Highway 12, Hatteras Island, Rodanthe, NC 27968
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Rodanthe
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Ranked #2 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Rodanthe
Number of rooms: 32
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