It was our first trip to the Outer Banks and it won't be our last. We were there for 4 days and would have stayed longer but we wanted to spend the weekend with our friends Chrystie and Tim K in Richmond VA. Campsites are expensive in "The Banks" or "OBX" as the locals call it. We got a deal at $45 a night, well at least we thought we did until one of our only neighbors Dominique and Debbie told us if we were members of Passport America it would have been $23.00!!! At $44 for a years worth of dues we are joining tomorrow! Debbie and Dominique have been living in their 17' Casita travel trailer for a year now and plan to keep on going!
Our campground Sands of Time, was over an hour south of Nags Head in Avon. The campground is owned by one lady, Gracie. We tried to get her picture but she said "I don't want any pictures of me lookin like this when I leave this earth", then she cracked herself up laughing. The campground was ok, bathroom and shower facilities were not so great. We still enjoyed our time as we were one block from the beach so the rest did not matter.
There is something magical about "The Banks". The waves are huge, the beaches are beautiful, and the seafood is same day fresh! We certainly had our fill. Make sure to get the fresh catch fajitas at Watermen's. The night we went they were buy one get one! There are miles of protected shoreline with no development.
Our favorite outing was to a small fishing village called Okracoke. You can only get there by boat or small plane. We drove our car onto the free ferry for an hour long ride, the dogs first ride on a boat. This little island was so charming, a little general store, several waterside pubs/cafe's and a few shops. We had an amazing dinner at a restaurant called Dajio. My cup of crab bisque was overflowing with crab meat. Don't miss a trip to this town, but let me warn you that we were told during season you could wait in the ferry line for hours. We waited about an hour each way. Go off season, we can't stress that enough. End of April was perfect!
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