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“watch out for the quiet section” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paine's Campground

Paine's Campground
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Paine's Campground
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77 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“watch out for the quiet section”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

I'd like to give this a better rating but, well, I have to wonder. What part of motorcycles with "cut" pipes (rattle glass at 1/4 mile) is synonymous with "quiet"?
The owners are very vigiliant about some things, proably for the best. But they let in a motorcycle that had cut pipes which, as you probably have heard, are not quiet. They also allowed people to check in at 10PM or so... complete with idling engines (for headlights), and the usual banging and loud talk. Yes, these sites are farily close to each other...which comes with the territory but it also means management doing their job.


Some other details, that at 40. per night should be automatic. More than 2 hooks for multiple sinks in wash up area. A place for you to put down your bar of soap at a bathroom sink.. common sense right... nope.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jidoo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC
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29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

The first time we camped at Paine's was in 2000. They even remembered we had moved campsites that time. We enjoyed it so much that when we returned to Wellfleet in 2012 we thought we would try them again.
This time we stayed in a couples quiet area. This section is for pure outdoors lovers. They even restrict radio in this area so it is just you and nature sounds: Excellent. There were other areas for people with children and others without noise restrictions. They do control late night partying and do not allow all night fires. They do allow controlled fires and grills which is not common on the cape, because of the chance of forest fires in the national forest. Very safe.
Great mix of camper. Everyone we met were interesting and friendly. Location can not be beat. There is even a cape pond within easy walk of your camp site. My wife was up early every morning for an early swim. Just her and the birds with steam rising off the water that early
The people treated us nicely and were long time cape codders and therefore a great source of information for all our questions. The prices were reasonable even for wood and ice. Bathrooms were always clean and everything worked.
Even though we love luxury hotels this
will always be our first choice in Wellfleet.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jjbjWashingtonDC
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Quaker Hill, Connecticut, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Just came back from a weekend on The Cape and oh oh what a great time we had! We stayed at Paine's Campground and it was lovely. Pine forest, private site, lovely people around. No litter, nice bathroom. Warm clean showers for quarters-- worked out just fine! Def. would go back. Spent the day at a magnificent beach, White Crest and the night at The Beachcomber to hear a great band. Both were very close by --about 5 minutes by car. The attendant recommended The Wicked Oyster for breakfast and an omelette with avocado and goat cheese, YUMMMY! P-Town was about a 20 minute drive and of course lively and friendly. Mohitos at The Patio with $1.00 oysters, shrimp, and pork sliders! Great salads. All of the campgrounds on the Cape are $40. So that's that! Open your wallet and enjoy yourself because it is way too awesome there to complain about anything!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

This was our second year here and both times we wish we could stay longer. Friendly family service when you arrive. We come in September when it is off season and it feels very secluded. Clean bathroom houses and showers. It's one of the few places we could find where campfires are allowed. It's not camping if you can't toast some marshmallows. Next year we plan to get some fish at Mac's seafood market and bring it back to the campsite and grill it up. This is a nice family run campground and I hope they can keep it alive for many years to come. Great location too.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mmhanigan
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Boston
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2011

My husband and 1 yr old son stayed here for 2 nights. There were no more sites at Nickerson so we opted for Paine's. It's pricey for a campground. $40/night plus you have to pay to take a shower (metered).

Our first impression of the camp was not good. We had called in advance the day we headed down to the Cape to see if they any sites available and they said they did and would hold it for us until 2pm. They asked us for our name and telephone # and said to just show up. We arrived around 1:45pm and when we told them that we were the ones who had called that morning and had a campsite on hold the person at the office said that they don't hold sites. She acted like we were lying and kept repeating that they do not hold sites. *Luckily* they had 3 sites still available.

The camp sites are really close together and almost on top of one another.

For $40, to have to pay to shower, and the warm reception we got when we checked in - we will never stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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upstate NY, USA
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2010

My boys and I recently joined a friend and her kids on a 5 day visit to Cape Cod. Haven't been there since I was a kid and we camped at Nickerson... but since we are surfers, I was looking forward to the ocean.

My friend booked Paine's Campground, and tho I was thinking that $40 a night was a bit high for one camp site, she assured me that was a great deal for the area. My family has often opted to "Priceline" bid a hotel 1/2 hour from the beach, rather than pay a $22/night beachfront campground fee. We have stayed at Hampton Inns in RI, NJ and MA for as low as $35/night incl breakfast, so you see why I was thinking $40 was high...

In any case, we arrived to find our reservation in good standing, and the campground seemed well maintained and the staff nice. They accomodated us well when we requested a site change for a flatter, larger site. Frankly, I was surprised at the first site they gave us- knowing we reserved for two tents and a screen house. It was on an incline (as most sites there appear to be), and had only one small tent spot.

Paine's campground is quiet, and the campers respectful of the curfews and keeping up the cleanliness. Many of the campers are from Quebec and are French speaking... all in all a good, family crowd. Nice to note, as some of the state campgrounds we frequent have gotten rowdy with drinkers and bikers roaring around into the night.- disrespecting the posted quiet hours and families with small children. The only complaint about noise at Paine's was a rooster crowing every morning beginning at at 4:15!

I was impressed with the upkeep of the bathroom at Paine's- it was freshly painted and well lit. However, there are only two stalls and one tiny sink (CLEAN!), and lots of spiders- even on the toilet. We had to wait outside for our turn, as the space is so compact. There is one other bathroom (with several stalls and showers) at the other end of the campground. With our kids, it was a drive, not a walk to that one.

Now, I have to mention the fees. They certainly add up!

Paine's is $40/night for the first two campers... after that it is $5/day per person, plus $5/day for a second vehicle. Also, showers cost money- 4 quarters for 4 minutes (min amt. is 4 minutes) and 1 Quarter for addl. minutes. There is no timer on the shower, so you have to guess when you will run out of water! There are two indoor showers and 4 outside showers (open to men and women). Sometimes, when the inside showers were on, we got only cold water or low pressure outside. But truly, I did not mind teaching the kids how to share the 4 minute window- it is a lesson in frugality and water conservation. They did just fine two at a time!

Paine's is the only campground allowing campfires, tho you cant bring in your own wood (to prevent the spread of insects from other locations). Their price is competitive with area wood dealers, so just buy there.

Nearby, we went to Marconi Beach and bought a $45 season permit. Otherwise it is $15/day. We also went to Newcomb Hollow Beach after 5 and it was free. Great beaches on the Atlantic side of the Cape. Decent surfing at Marconi, though you have to walk a bit to get beyond the lifeguards and swimmers area. There are fresh water showers and restrooms at Marconi- no snack bar.

Duck Pond is one of the Kettle ponds in the area, and it is gorgeous. A short walk from the campground. Well worth the hike!

If you are a camper and are looking for a safe, quiet, well maintained campground, Paine's is a good option. Be aware that for a family of 5, you not only pay $40/night, but add an additional $15/night for the three kids, plus shower costs.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank siennao4
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Property: Paine's Campground
Address: 180 Old Kings Hwy, PO Box 944, Wellfleet, MA 02667-8001
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Wellfleet
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Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Wellfleet
Number of rooms: 155

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