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!
- Also Known As:
- Rodanthe Watersports And Campground Hotel Rodanthe