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“Great low-cost alternative to a hotel!”
Review of Paine's Campground

Paine's Campground
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Paine's Campground
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great low-cost alternative to a hotel!”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

We recently stayed here for 4 nights during the 4th of July weekend. We decided to camp only to bring the cost down from staying in a hotel. I believe our rate was $45 a night. Still a lot for camping in my opinion, but for being on the Cape, still a good low-cost option. We were in the "quiet couples" area, which is pretty nice, fairly secluded, and in deed relatively quiet. Our campsite was pretty much suited for a 2-person tent. Enough room to park the car, set up a tent, and have a little space around the picnic table and campfire ring, which are at every site. The campfire ring is a nice touch as it's the only campground I could find on the outer cape that allowed campfires. Note you do need to buy wood ($7 I think?) from them, cannot bring it in or search for it yourself at the site, and they only provide large wood, no kindling, so bring your own fire starter or buy it from the campground for $2. The main bathhouse was a very short walk from our site. Facilities are pretty clean, especially when you consider that you are camping after all! Sinks, flush toilets, showers require a quarter per 1 minute of hot water (yes, still need to pay for cold showers too). So bring lots of quarters. The staff when checking in was very friendly and helpful. She gave us some tips as to the local area, beaches, food, etc. If we decided on camping in this location again, we'd return to the campsite, and would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2013 via mobile

If you love Nature, camping out, roasting marshmallows on an open fire and being within walking distance to one of Wellfleet's nicest kettle ponds you should definitely check out Paines! Even though my last name isn't Paine I always feel like family when camping here. I've camped from CA, NV, NH, ME, etc. Paines is #1 in my book. The Cape Cod woods in the summer?! Yes please!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

I'd like to give this a better rating but, well, I have to wonder. What part of motorcycles with "cut" pipes (rattle glass at 1/4 mile) is synonymous with "quiet"?
The owners are very vigiliant about some things, proably for the best. But they let in a motorcycle that had cut pipes which, as you probably have heard, are not quiet. They also allowed people to check in at 10PM or so... complete with idling engines (for headlights), and the usual banging and loud talk. Yes, these sites are farily close to each other...which comes with the territory but it also means management doing their job.


Some other details, that at 40. per night should be automatic. More than 2 hooks for multiple sinks in wash up area. A place for you to put down your bar of soap at a bathroom sink.. common sense right... nope.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC
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Reviewed 12 August 2012 via mobile

The first time we camped at Paine's was in 2000. They even remembered we had moved campsites that time. We enjoyed it so much that when we returned to Wellfleet in 2012 we thought we would try them again.
This time we stayed in a couples quiet area. This section is for pure outdoors lovers. They even restrict radio in this area so it is just you and nature sounds: Excellent. There were other areas for people with children and others without noise restrictions. They do control late night partying and do not allow all night fires. They do allow controlled fires and grills which is not common on the cape, because of the chance of forest fires in the national forest. Very safe.
Great mix of camper. Everyone we met were interesting and friendly. Location can not be beat. There is even a cape pond within easy walk of your camp site. My wife was up early every morning for an early swim. Just her and the birds with steam rising off the water that early
The people treated us nicely and were long time cape codders and therefore a great source of information for all our questions. The prices were reasonable even for wood and ice. Bathrooms were always clean and everything worked.
Even though we love luxury hotels this
will always be our first choice in Wellfleet.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Quaker Hill, Connecticut, United States
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Just came back from a weekend on The Cape and oh oh what a great time we had! We stayed at Paine's Campground and it was lovely. Pine forest, private site, lovely people around. No litter, nice bathroom. Warm clean showers for quarters-- worked out just fine! Def. would go back. Spent the day at a magnificent beach, White Crest and the night at The Beachcomber to hear a great band. Both were very close by --about 5 minutes by car. The attendant recommended The Wicked Oyster for breakfast and an omelette with avocado and goat cheese, YUMMMY! P-Town was about a 20 minute drive and of course lively and friendly. Mohitos at The Patio with $1.00 oysters, shrimp, and pork sliders! Great salads. All of the campgrounds on the Cape are $40. So that's that! Open your wallet and enjoy yourself because it is way too awesome there to complain about anything!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

This was our second year here and both times we wish we could stay longer. Friendly family service when you arrive. We come in September when it is off season and it feels very secluded. Clean bathroom houses and showers. It's one of the few places we could find where campfires are allowed. It's not camping if you can't toast some marshmallows. Next year we plan to get some fish at Mac's seafood market and bring it back to the campsite and grill it up. This is a nice family run campground and I hope they can keep it alive for many years to come. Great location too.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Boston
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Reviewed 9 August 2011

My husband and 1 yr old son stayed here for 2 nights. There were no more sites at Nickerson so we opted for Paine's. It's pricey for a campground. $40/night plus you have to pay to take a shower (metered).

Our first impression of the camp was not good. We had called in advance the day we headed down to the Cape to see if they any sites available and they said they did and would hold it for us until 2pm. They asked us for our name and telephone # and said to just show up. We arrived around 1:45pm and when we told them that we were the ones who had called that morning and had a campsite on hold the person at the office said that they don't hold sites. She acted like we were lying and kept repeating that they do not hold sites. *Luckily* they had 3 sites still available.

The camp sites are really close together and almost on top of one another.

For $40, to have to pay to shower, and the warm reception we got when we checked in - we will never stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Paine's Campground
Address: 180 Old Kings Hwy, PO Box 944, Wellfleet, MA 02667-8001
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Wellfleet
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Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Wellfleet
Number of rooms: 155
Also Known As:
Paine's Campground Wellfleet, MA - Cape Cod

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