A few friends and I were looking into a road trip to the Outer Banks in Late June/Early July. Anybody know how crowded they get during this time and how packed the beaches are there?
We are not expecting great conditions or anything, but going on a small surf road trip sounded good regardless of conditions.
Or if someone has a different idea or would steer us in a different direction
i would avoid the weeks around 4th of july...it gets PACKED, just like everyplace else.
that said, my friends & i used to do this when we were in high school & college, since it was cheaper than renting a place or even getting a hotel room. the crowd factor really depends on where you're planning to go. northern outer banks (nags head, etc...) get really crowded, lower banks (hatteras island) less so. i would recommend one of the park service campgrounds on hatteras island, as they are located pretty much right over the dunes from the beach & are pretty well equipped-grills, cold water showers, etc... & are pretty cheap, too. (when we did it, back in the late 90's, i think it was about $15 per night.)
we also got fun sized surf every trip, too...waist-chest range w/ one day the first trip getting into the head high range. i'll be down on hatteras island w/ my gf the week of june 18-25, so if you're going after that, i can let you know how the surf was.
Last edited by njsurfer42; May 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM.
there are several campgrounds down there. The national park ones are nice, but there are a hand full of privately owned ones as well. I have friends in town so if I camp its down south. Not sure of the name, but my favorite spot is about a mile north of the pier in rodanthe. Turn in at the Pure gas station. Showers, bathrooms, lesbians, lifers, you name it. Just over the dune from some "caverns, baby, caverns" (-surfline) if you time your trip accordingly. Enjoy.
compared to here and vb it's empty in Hatteras.Last 4th of July I surfed good waves with Scott at the motels by ourselves.
i go every 4th of july and in late august,no traffic,no crowd,no way,not down there.
the beach access thing has even less people going.
Buxton(Hatteras) has the most surf.a nicer place i like is then a drive to the beach,cape woods campground,but nps is just a walk and your surfing!