Tucked away where the paved road ends on Currituck's northern Outer Banks lies twelve miles of pristine beaches so remote that they're only accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicle. From Carova to Corolla, NC, you'll find nothing but sun, sand, secluded beach rental homes, and the legendary Corolla wild horses that have roamed our shores for almost 500 years. Recently voted the "#1 Favorite Beach from the US and Caribbean"* on Coastal Living's Daily Catch blog, visitors to Currituck's Outer Banks can choose to do as much or as little as they desire in this unspoiled coastal paradise.
If the open ocean and secluded family-friendly beaches what you are looking for, there's no better place to spend your vacation. Fodor's recently named us as one of the "Best Family Beaches on the East Coast", and US News & World Reports named the Outer Banks #1 in the "Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA". Our family-friendly beaches are enjoyed primarily for their seclusion, and feature miles of pristine four-wheel-drive shoreline and natural landscapes that draw a large amount of visitors each year. Visitors can choose from a variety of lodging options, including hotel rooms but primarily vacation rental homes from 2 to 24 rooms.
Corolla (pronouced: "Kuh-RAH-Luh"), North Carolina is one of the most popular beach vacation destinations on the Outer Banks. With 24 miles of unspoiled shoreline, this traveler's paradise is known primarily for it's secluded beaches, laid-back Southern hospitality, large oceanfront vacation rental homes, and pristine 4x4 beaches. The top attractions in the area include the Corolla wild horses, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, and the Whalehead Club restored historic mansion. Corolla is a place where you will find both five-star amenities and the relaxing beach life atmosphere you've been looking for.
Vacationers love Corolla because you can do as much as you want or as little as you want in this tucked-away coastal gem. Many visitors choose to stay in beach home on the Corolla 4x4 beaches, which extend from the northern end of Corolla to the Virginia/North Carolina state line at the community of Carova, North Carolina. Staying in a rental home in this area is an experience like none other, and is the reason why a majority of visitors have come to this same area for generations.
The small-town atmosphere that embodies Corolla also comes with an upscale selection of shopping and dining experiences. Seafood and authentic North Carolina barbecue are visitor favorites, and with a great selection of eclectic family-owned shops, you're sure to find that perfect gift or souvenir to take home with you to commemorate your stay. Corolla also has a very mild climate, which means it's a great place to enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, surfing, fishing, and others almost year-round.
The Corolla wild Spanish mustangs have roamed Currituck's beaches since the 1500s, arriving with early Spanish explorations of the area. When explorers were forced to leave the area due to resistance from locals, they were forced to leave their livestock and horses behind. The legendary Corolla Wild Horses are descendants in a bloodline of horses that have roamed Currituck's beaches for over 500 years when Spanish explorers landed or shipwrecked here. Read more >>
Just north of Corolla where the paved NC-12 ends lies twelve miles of pristine 4WD beaches and more than 7,000 acres of wilderness tucked behind the dune line. Nothing but sun, sand, secluded beach rental homes, and wild Spanish mustangs. Read more >>
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a treasured piece of maritime heritage in Currituck County. Visitors can climb the 214 steps to the top for spectacular 360° views, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the tranquil Currituck Sound on the other. Read more >>
Whalehead in Historic Corolla is a beautifully-restored historic home initially completed in 1925. Guests can now tour this 24,000 square feet Art Nouveau masterpiece and delight in its original Tiffany fixtures, custom-designed Steinway piano and collection of original and period furnishings. Learn more >>
The Outer Banks was voted 5th by the readers of USA Today for "Best Places To Watch A Sunset In North America" in 2013. Breathtaking sunsets, secluded beaches, and wild horses make Currituck OBX one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in the United States. There's nothing quite like a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean on Currituck's Outer Banks, NC. With secluded vacation rental homes dotted along our coastline, this is the kind of beauty that visitors to the area wake up to each morning. View sunrise and sunset photos >>
Although most of the isolated villages that existed on this stretch of coast in the past have disappeared, the Historic Corolla Village remains intact and provides insight into more than a century of history, with restored shops hosted by friendly merchants. Learn more >>
Shopping is unique in Currituck's Outer Banks. Many of our businesses are small, locally-owned and operated shops and galleries where you'll find an eclectic mix of gifts, jewelry, artwork and apparel. Find shopping >>
Lush fairways, impeccably maintained greens, and some of the East Coast's most beautiful courses make Currituck the perfect destination for golf enthusiasts everywhere. Kilmarlic Golf Club (shown) was rated by Golfweek as the #14 "Best Courses You Can Play" in North Carolina for 2013. Find golf courses >>
With breathtaking ocean and sound views, warm coastal Carolina breezes and spectacular sunsets, Currituck's Outer Banks is the perfect setting for your destination wedding and dream honeymoon. US News & World Reports listed the Outer Banks as one of the "Best Affordable Honeymoon Destinations in the US" for 2013. Learn more >>
Start planning your beach vacation today by requesting your free Currituck Outer Banks Visitor's Guide to Corolla, NC and Currituck Mainland.