Ocean Waves Campground

     


Waves, North Carolina
Phone: (252) 987-2556

Sites: 72
Avg. Rate: $38

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Latitude: 35.5716981221869
Longitude: -75.4672873020172

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 35
  • Good 13
  • Average 1
  • Poor 2
  • Terrible 1

52 Reviews

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travelinggramma63

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved this park. The dunes to the beach were about 75 feet from our RV. It is a well kept park and despite what other reviews say, we found the staff friendly and helpful. We will definitely return. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Pat and Rex

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved being at this campground. The access to the beach is just a short walk over the dunes, and we took advantage several times during the days and nights. The cable and wifi were very good. The showers and restrooms were very clean. The site was narrow and short for our 24 ft rig. We were not impressed with the personnel during our stay. The woman in the office was adequate but not friendly or helpful at all. While in this area we found 3 good restaurants: Wattermans, Good Winds, Stingray. We would stay here again. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Bonnie66

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice, no frills campground. Short walk from your site to the beach. No open fires are allowed at the campground, but permits to have a campfire on the beach are available at the office. Sites are on the small side, but that is typical for the area. Not much of anything to do in Waves itself except the beach. Closest grocery store is 15 miles south. Nags Head and Kitty Hawk are a 45 minute drive. Some shade at the pool would be nice, maybe add a couple of tables with umbrellas. Great fishing out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Motorhome.

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topperdan

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice, even after all the rain. Check in was easy and staff was friendly. We payed extra for the cable. WIFI at our site (10) was strong. Site had large concrete pad, room for trailer, pic nick table and car. That way we did not have to deal with the mud. Visited another RV park down the street and many of the sites were gravel and no pad. Really happy we stayed here. Easy access to the beach, right at the end of the park. Sure would stay here again. Only negative is the sites are a little close to each other but not bad, had plenty of room for awing and slide. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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buckeye1268

Review Count: 81
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

Prior to our arrival they had 5 days of steady rain. So there was a lot of mud everywhere. This is a low area so it will take some time to dry out. The site numbers are painted on the edge of the concrete pad and very hard to see due to fading and mud. No escort to the site. The water, elect, Wi-Fi and cable all worked very well. The C/G is right on the ocean and just a short walk up and over the dunes and your there. For us we did not care for the overall conditions around fellow campers' units. Laundry hanging everywhere from awnings, laying across vehicles, on ladders etc. We understand this is a beach C/G, but do you really want to see everyones laundry hanging out. Also, with the additions of bikes, assorted toys laying around it just gives the entire C/G a rundown seedy look. Just our opinion. We probably would not return here. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Motorhome.

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demoon

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

Great location, hookups, level paved pads. Great staff. Convenient laundry facility that is very reasonably priced. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Motorhome.

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Chambers Chatter

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground on the small side. Friendly helpful staff. Clean restrooms and showers. Easy walk over dune to beautiful beach. Friendly seasonals. Most local restaurants are seasonal at best and it's 17 miles to nearest grocery so plan accordingly. We will be back. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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srdeane

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

Great little campground if you want to be near the beach, which is right over the dune at the end of the campground. Clean restrooms and showers. Each site is pretty large for a beach campground, with grass and a concrete pad (except for the designated tent sites). Wifi worked, and cable TV reception worked well. We had site #25 that was partially shaded and had ample room for a 10x10 tent in addition to our pop up camper sited on the concrete slab. Management was friendly and helpful, and it was convenient to have a camp store where ice was reasonably priced. I would return to this campground when a beach trip is planned. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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JodyHaynes

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at this campground for Memorial Day weekend ( 4 nights ) in site number 34. We had to send in our reservations the first week of January by postal mail to get our site since they book up quick. This was our first time staying at this campground and it was well worth the stay. They don't have a lot of amenities compared to the KOA or Camp Hatteras just down the road but well WORTH the price. The campground is clean and well maintained. The multiple bathhouses were clean but no soap or paper towels ( must be a cost savings thing ). This sites are a bit close together but much better compared to the KOA crammed sites. The beach is directly over the sand dune at the end of the campground. The campground is a great location for exploring the Outer Banks with Cape Hatteras lighthouse 20 mins to the south in Buxton and the wild horses 25 mins to the north in Corolla. BTW: There's an awesome restaurant when you turn left out of the campground next to the Dairy Queen called Atlantic Coast Cafe. The seafood is fresh and not high priced either! My family is already wanting to book another week at this campground so we'll be returning again... We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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achmed

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

We stay at Ocean Waves each time we visit the Outer Banks. Our most recent visit was for a week. The staff is friendly and very helpful. Sites are paved and easily accommodate our 34' RV and car. Sites have W/E/S/Cable, all of which are good. WiFi is good except during times of very heavy use. This is a quiet park with a nice pool and the ocean is directly over the dunes. We will stay there again. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Motorhome.

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Ralph and Joyce

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very well cared for park. We only stayed the weekend but it was obvious that folks return year after year and we will too. Can't beat the location and walk to a gorgeous beach. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Motorhome.

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akf15e

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is the best option on the Outer Banks. At less than half the price of the neighboring campgrounds, it is a great deal. They really recovered nicely from last year's hurricane damage and have spruced up the park somewhat. They even added deck chairs at the pool. The Wi-Fi seemed improved from last year, though still a bit hit or miss. Still no soap or paper towels in the restrooms, which is puzzling. There had been a near record amount of rain in the weeks before our visit, so (no fault of Ocean Waves) the place was a swamp. Several sites were unusable and almost all sites had puddles of water and mud. Not much they can do about the lack of drainage on a barrier island, but be advised to take old shoes or boots if the forecast calls for heavy rain! Also, due to the rain, the mosquitoes were horrendous. They literally swarmed you when you step outside. However, the campground has a curious rule banning torches. We have a tiki torch that burns citronella liquid that is a must for mosquitoes. I'd say if management won't allow such items, they better contract someone to spray the campground for bugs. All in all, a nice campground right on the beach and a great deal for the money. We will go back. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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The Chief

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great place to stay on the Outer Banks. The beach is short walk away over the dune. The spaces are small but clean and well maintained. The owners live near the entrance. I found everything as advertised and look forward to staying here again. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Motorhome.

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Bob Ratliff

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

We really enjoyed this campground and had been planning to visit it for three years or more, but it was always full. Everything was nice, sites level, short walk to the beach, nice little pool and the camp store was very nice and well stocked. The price compared to others in the area was extremely cheap. Just a couple of minor things I will mention. One rule the owners have in place is no mats are to be put out. The site we had was not very grassy and more sand which is to be expected..we like to set outside but didn't do much of that due to setting in the sand. Our site was not "double width concrete site pads" as advertised on the web site but was manageable. A little tight but still roomy compared to other campgrounds. For the price, relatively speaking, you can't go wrong here. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Motorhome.

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akf15e

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

We head to the Outer Banks about every other year, but have always stayed at the KOA next door. The prices there have climbed to ridiculous levels, so we finally got our request in early enough this year to secure 4 nights at Ocean Waves. We had walked through the campground before and it seemed pretty nice. I will admit, I was skeptical about the string of 9 and 10 ratings it garners. I will say it is a nice campground, but not quite worthy of a perfect 10 in my book. For my wife and I, who just want to park our camper and go to the beach, it is nearly perfect, especially given the price, but I am rating it for the benefit of others who may have kids or not be in a self-contained unit. That said, I would give it a low "8". The sites are a standard beach campground: very close. However, they are level, paved and deep. I was able to back in my 40' fiver and park my long bed truck in front of it without a problem. There is nice grass between each site: no sand spurs or hot sand! Water pressure was good and we showed 122 volts consistently on our EMS. The few minor negatives that keep this place from really being a 9 or 10: 1) The bathhouses are as stated by previous reviewers. Normally we use our own facilities, but do use the bathhouse when we are at the beach and don't want to go back to the rig. As stated before, no soap, no paper towels or dryer, and at 5'9", my knees pressed against the stall doors. How much can paper towels and some soap cost? Basic sanitation shouldn't be optional. 2) Next, the Wi-Fi was terrible. In site 64 we never got more than a "Low" signal and a 1.0 Mbps rate: think 1990s dial up speeds. Normally I don't care about having Internet, but my daughter was working some online classes and had to walk down to the office just to get a signal. It wasn't our equipment either. We had a Mac, a PC notebook, and a phone: same result, in or outside the camper. 3) The pool is not above ground as a previous rater stated, but a fiberglass shell that juts a foot or two above the ground and is surrounded by decking: no big deal. Adequate size for a campground this small. But there are no deck chairs at all. Seriously: a pool with no deck chairs? People were laying on their rafts or on towels on the hard deck. 4) The beach access is no problem for most people. However, anyone with difficulty navigating in deep sand or up steep hills, be warned. They need a boardwalk like the other 2 nearby campgrounds. 5) Not an issue for us, but there are no real activities for kids (other than miles of gorgeous beach of course!) A single swingset next to the dumpster was it. Compared to other beach places we've stayed, that seems to be lacking. Again, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and will go back. The beach is awesome: uncrowded and beautiful. The water can be rough at times and is usually chilly until mid-July. We saw plenty of kids in the water, so there is no need to drive to soundside beaches, as previously stated. In 30 minutes or so you can be in Nags Head and Kitty Hawk, or south to Buxton and Hatteras. If, like us, you just want to park your rig at a nice quiet place and fish or hit the beach, this place is for you. The price is unbeatable. If you are looking for a campground with nicer facilities, nice bathhouses, entertainment for your kids, Internet access, and a nice large pool, you might want to look elsewhere. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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