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 10:02 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!
stayed at the koa in rodanthe a few weeks ago. it's about a half mile south of the pier. pretty sweet spot, good facilities. lots of old folks cruising around but still chill. if you windsurf/kite there's sound access across the highway. nothing better than listening to the waves all night, rolling out of your sleeping bag, hiking up and over the dunes and going 'fuuuuuuuuuuck - look at that!!!' before the day's fun begins...
ive camped 3 times on ocracoke island. it's all the way down past the southern tip of hatteras. you have to take a ferry boat with your car off of hatteras to get to ocracoke. there is a national camp ground site there that is the same as the other ones mentioned in the thread. it is so secluded and separated from everything else - a GREAT experience. i always went in the summer time. bugs were always tough, but camping on the beach cant be beat. check it out.