We also love Hunting Island, mainly for the beach. If you go in the summer go prepared and you will have fun. You need to be prepared for HEAT and BUGS. Our strategy for both was: wake up, each breakfast in camper,go to beach, come back and eat lunch inside Air Conditioning and cool off, go back to beach, repeat for dinner, go back to beach after dinner for walk or bike ride, stay on beach until after sun down (after 9pm during summer), return to camper and go inside for bed. We spent almost no time out side at the camper due to the heat (no breeze in the back loop, and the bugs were terrible). We figured this system out on day 2 and used it all week and it worked great since we love being on the beach swimming and we are also fishing people. Beach is great for bike riding (sand dollars and star fish) and for swimming (small rollers good for floating on raft).
Merrykalia....are you saying that wifi works in the front section.....did you have it at #64?
Glad to hear about tables near the store. Thanks for posting info
WIFI worked wonderfully at site #64 and any other place between the campstore and the ocean. Behind the campstore, I could get a little bit on the first row of campers, but beyond that....NOTHING!! I figure they will upgrade some later this year, but so far, that's it.
They do have a picnic table set up right behind the store for those of us who have to have WIFI.
I just got back from 3 nights on 156. Bugs, bugs, bugs....Not only did we spend zero time on our site, but we literally had to run through the site and keep the trailer door open as short as possible. Then, we'd spend 5 minutes killing the dozens that got in! Truely, they were swarming and attacking the entire time!
It really was miserable and we vow to never again stay in the back loop. We walked the lower numbers slowly and carefully ranked the sites so that from now on we'll be reserved 11 months out on the site we want.
Your site, 156, was pretty and backed up to a low swamp area that filled with water during a rain. There was a family of deer that would come up to the site each afternoon to be fed. The walk to the beach (as said) is about 5 min or just a brief minute or two on a bike. If on bikes, it's easier to go to the other farther beach access points that have less of a walk through the dunes.
Truly Hunting Island is an awesome beach and great place but I always have to think twice because the bugs are a killer at that campground. We had to stay on the beach from sun up to after sun down and only go to campsite to sleep. We could not enjoy ourselves at the campsite outside. We would go back but it is because of the beach. Since we now have little kids that want to be outside at the camper we really have avoided Hunting Island due to the bugs.
When we get to our site, before we even unhook, we get out the YARDGUARD and spray down the entire area. We don't really like to use chemicals, but what the heck, we don't want to be one big bug bite, either. We usually spray it every other day and it does work wonders.
mister d, I agree with all the others, it is an AWESOME campground I don't want to scare you off. If you can ever get one of the front sites then reschedule. It is worth it. I don't know of any spray or candle, etc. that would have saved us. It was crazy.