Whalehead Beach

    Whalehead Beach in Corolla, NC is a serene beach community on the Outer Banks of North Carolina that features large, beautiful vacation rental homes. Known for its nearby unspoiled beaches and close proximity to Corolla attractions, shopping and restaurants, visitors to Whalehead Beach enjoy its large lots and laid-back Southern family atmosphere. Located on three miles of secluded shoreline, this private beach community consists of three streets which run alongside the Atlantic Ocean. With convenient beach accesses on every block, beachgoers find it easy to make their way to a relaxing day of sun and fun on the Outer Banks.

    Whalehead Beach Amenities

    • Three miles of secluded beaches
    • Beach accesses on every block
    • 5 public beach parking lots (Shad, Sturgeon, Perch, Bonito, and Sailfish)
    • Life guards at Shad Street and Bonito Street beaches
    • Quiet streets for walking or biking
    • Municipal water (most areas)

    Swan Beach

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    Swan Beach has an interesting name, because when people come out to this secluded stretch of the North Outer Banks they are not looking for graceful winged creatures. Swan Beach is known by locals and tourists in the know as one of the best places in the Outer Banks to watch the wild horses in their natural habitat. When you book your vacation in Currituck, you may be interested in a trip up Swan Beach. The soft sand feels great on your feet, but bear in mind that it’s not an easy destination.

    Swan Beach in the OBX is about three miles north of the beach access ramp in Currituck, which means if you park where the road ends you’ll have to do some hiking! No worries, though, if you have a 4×4 vehicle you can ride out on the sand, or you can book a horse-watching tour with the many companies in Corolla that guide visitors to where the horses are found.

    You’ll love the Swan Beach area for its serenity and beauty. This part of the OBX borders the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, so you may also see marsh birds and other animals native to North Carolina enjoying the sunshine. It’s like stepping back in time to when the early settlers first encountered our coast. There are a few vacation homes for rent in the area, which require a 4×4 vehicle to access, so if you really want to get away from it all you can bring the family and celebrate a reunion or holiday at beautiful Swan Beach. Enjoy a perfect sunrise, then hop over the dunes into the water! Keep an eye out around your rental, too, because you may have a few four-legged visitors. Be aware that local laws forbid you to make physical contact with the wild horses, but definitely bring a camera.

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    Ocean Lakes

    The neighborhood of Ocean Lakes can be found at the northern end of Corolla’s Ocean Sands beach community in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This 600 acre vacation rental beach community features beautiful ocean views and miles of pristine beaches to enjoy with your family and friends. Ocean Lakes is the newest section of Ocean Sands, and guests to this area enjoy amenities such as a fully stocked ten-acre fishing lake, community pool with sun decks, and tennis courts. Most of the beach rental homes in this area are 4-8 bedrooms. Corolla attractionsshopping and restaurants are all just minutes away as well.

    Ocean Lakes Amenities

    • Private beach access
    • Stocked ten-acre fishing lake
    • Olympic-sized community pool
    • Kiddie pool
    • Tennis courts
    • Private roads and security
    • Tall, stable duneline

    Ocean Hill

    Ocean Hill is Corolla’s last paved community before the 4×4 beach area. Vacation rental homes range from 5 to 9 bedrooms and weave their way through the natural surroundings on both the oceanside and the soundside. At the Villages at Ocean Hill community, amenities include two community pools (oceanfront and lakefront), tennis courts, basketball courts, playground, fitness center (fee based) and a 10 acre lake for fishing. The Estates at Ocean Hill offers guests vacation homes located on the Oceanside in Corolla. Most homes are within walking distance to the Historic Corolla Village and have views of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.

    Located near Corolla restaurants, shopping, and attractions, visitors enjoy Ocean Hill because of its pristine family-friendly beaches relaxing small-town southern atmosphere. Breathtaking soundside sunsets are enjoyed almost every evening in this serene vacationer’s paradise.

    Ocean Hill Amenities

    • Oceanfront pool
    • Soundside pool
    • Tennis Courts
    • Playground
    • Basketball courts
    • Nature trails
    • 10 acre fishing lake
    • Fitness center (cardio and free weights)

    North Swan Beach

    Have you longed for a vacation off the beaten path, literally? When we think of such a vacation, a trip to the mountains may come to mind, but did you know you can enjoy a week or two in semi-seclusion in any of the off-road communities in the Currituck Outer Banks? North Swan Beach, for one, is only accessible via 4-wheel drive vehicles, and here you’ll find many luxury vacation homes for rent. This is a great destination for small beach weddings, family reunions, and retreats for small groups looking for an alternative to busy vacations with packed itineraries. Here, you take each day at your leisure and enjoy and surf and sand.

    When you book a vacation rental on North Swan Beach in Corolla, Outer Banks, you set the stage for memories that will last forever. Our off-road communities provide the best of both worlds – you can unwind all day on one of the beautiful Corolla beaches away from crowded sections of the shore, and you’re not far from fun activities like the Currituck Lighthouse, wild horse sightseeing tours, and great places to shop. Many of Currituck beach houses are equipped with luxury amenities like gourmet kitchens, Jacuzzis, and huge decks. You can have food catered by a top OBX chef or head into Corolla for groceries. Create a home away from home for your family.

    Did we mention the wild horses? North Swan Beach is close to the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge and is home to sloping dunes where the Currituck wild Mustangs love to play. If you’re lucky you can sit out on the deck and watch them trot along the shore. Local laws prohibit contact with the wild horses of Corolla, but bring a video camera and take lots of pictures. You definitely don’t see wild horses exploring your back yard every day – it’s a great experience to share with the kids!

    For a vacation just far enough from the crowds but close to great dining and shopping, North Swan Beach is a must. Get the extended family together for a week of fun and sun!

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    Corolla Bay

    Corolla Bay in Corolla, NC is a Outer Banks beach vacation rental community that consists of The Views at Corolla Bay and The Villas at Corolla Bay. This charming village is Corolla’s newest vacation community, running on the northern-most area of Corolla on the Currituck Sound right before the Corolla 4×4 beaches begin. Only a short distance to the Atlantic Ocean, visitors to Corolla Bay enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets in America right outside their front doors, as well as breathtaking views of sand dunes and maritime forests which define this area of the Outer Banks.

    The Villas at Corolla Bay are quaint 4-bedroom seaside retreats that were built in an architectural style that reminds visitors of coastal communities of the past. A gated community, The Villas at Corolla Bay has a very intimate feel which visitors love, and features amenities including:

    • Private and community pools
    • Private hot tubs
    • Barbecue stations
    • Bath house
    • Shuffleboard
    • Basketball court
    • Picnic area
    • Horseshoes

    Looking for a vacation rental home in Corolla Bay?  Visit our Corolla, NC vacation rentals page.  Or, browse current vacation rental deals.

    Corolla 4×4 Beaches

    Corolla is one of the most popular beach vacation destinations in North Carolina. The serene beaches and refreshing waters of Corolla invite thousands of visitors to spend their beach vacations in one of many beautiful vacation rental homes. Families and friends join together for an unforgettable beach vacation in the Outer Banks (OBX).

    There is, however, something special about Corolla, something that separates it from the rest of the Outer Banks, the 4×4 beaches. The 4WD area of Corolla in the Outer Banks allows you to take your 4WD vehicle to the beach. The beach access is open year round (with some limitations), and there is no fee to enjoy the beach driving!

    Corolla beach rental homes in 4WD area

    You can see a lot of beautiful beach rental properties in Corolla, and there are available properties in the 4WD area, as well. If you love four-wheel driving, you can make you vacation truly unforgettable by renting one of the vacation homes in the 4×4 area of Corolla.

    See the wild horses

    The 4WD area of Corolla, OBX is not only the favorite place of the 4×4 drivers, but also a natural inhabitance of the wild horses. Wild mustangs roam free in Corolla and often come to the beach. Do not forget to take your camera to capture the magnificent animals.

    Plan your 4WD Outer Banks beach vacation today! Browse the beach rentals to find the perfect vacation home for you and your family, pick the best local restaurants, and find fun things to do in Corolla, OBX.

    Carova Beach

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    Carova Beach is a community in the northern Outer Banks accessible only by 4×4 since it’s well off the “paved roads,” and here is where you will find some of the most beautiful rental vacation homes and breathtaking ocean views. This area of Currituck’s Outer Banks has been named as one of the most secluded beaches in America several times and is where the legendary Corolla wild horses have roamed free for centuries.  If you have longed for a relaxing vacation that requires no set itineraries or driving all over the place to enjoy yourself, Carova Beach is waiting for you.

    Get the extended family together for a week-long stay at any of the luxury beach homes – there’s room for everybody and you’ll love amenities like hot tubs, swimming pools, and huge decks for barbecuing and outdoor dining. If you’re lucky, you can sit on the deck and see Currituck’s famous wild Mustangs trotting along the shoreline. The wild horses are a big draw in the OBX, so don’t forget your camera. Where else on the East Coast can you soak up the sun, reconnect with family, and see majestic horses playing in the surf?

    A vacation in Carova Beach is your chance to unwind and recharge. There aren’t many places on the Eastern seaboard where you can embrace a sense of isolation yet still have access to great restaurants and ice cream shops and fun activities. In nearby Corolla you can rent a kayak and explore the Currituck Sound, take kiteboarding and hang gliding lessons, and hop on a fishing charter. After a day on the beach, watch the sunset from your vacation home and share the memories with your family.

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    Spindrift is a private gated oceanside to oceanfront community near the southern end of Corolla on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Located just north of Pine Island, Spindrift features private beaches with easy beach access as well as close proximity to Corolla activities, shopping and dining. Spindrift is an ideal choice for families looking to relax and enjoy their vacation in style.

    If you like large lots and a sense of seclusion, you’ll love Spindrift. With one-acre vacation rental home sites, there’s plenty of room for you and your family to spread out and relax without bumping elbows with neighbors. Surrounded by natural scenic beauty and within shouting distance from miles of secluded beaches, it makes the idea setting for family vacations, reunions, or getaways. If you enjoy fun shopping and dining experiences, the TimBuck II Shopping Center is only minutes away.

    Spindrift Amenities

    • One-acre lots
    • Easy beach access
    • Tennis courts
    • Shopping and restaurants nearby
    • Gated community
    • Golf located across the street

    Pine Island

    Pine Island is an Outer Banks beach community in Corolla, North Carolina. It’s known for having some of the most extravagant vacation rental homes on the OBX, and offers fantastic views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound. Most homes in Pine Island range from 4-9 bedrooms. Visitors who stay in Pine Island will tell you they love that is so sparsely populated, and this is due to the fact that it sits on one of the narrower parts of the Outer Banks.

    Pine Island borders the Audubon Sanctuary at Pine Island, which features over five-thousand acres of protected marshes and wildlife areas. On the ocean side, visitors enjoy more than three miles of wide, unspoiled beaches where they can relax, swim, fish and more.

    Pine Island Amenities

    • Oceanfront pool
    • Second pool in Pine Island North
    • Baby pool
    • Playgrounds
    • Grills
    • Picnic tables
    • Outdoor tennis courts
    • Use of the indoor Pine Island Racquet Club (small fee)
    • Bike Path
    • Jogging trail
    • 15 beach accesses
    • 3.5 miles of oceanfront

    Ocean Sands

    Ocean Sands in Corolla, NC is an Outer Banks beach vacation community that offers single family homes, condos, townhomes and duplexes. This area is subdivided into sections labeled A-Q, and each section has unique features and amenities that vacationers can choose from.

    Guests staying in many sections have access to a seven-acre fishing lake, which offers the perfect setting for an evening stroll or the recreational fisherman. Visitors enjoy seeing the indiginous wildlife in this area, including ducks and egrets. With its close proximity to things to do in Corollashopping and restaurants, you’re never far from everything you need on your vacation or getaway. Need groceries? Harris Teeter grocery store is right next door. Enjoy golf? The Currituck Club Golf Course can be found right across the street.

    Ocean Sands Amenities

    • Miles of pristine beaches
    • Ocean views
    • Fishing lake
    • Tennis courts (Sections D‚ F and O)
    • Quiet roads for walking or biking
    • Nearby to shopping, dining, golf and Corolla attractions
    • Beach access
    • Municipal water and sewer (most areas)
    • Community pool

    Sea Loft Village

    Section F of Ocean Sands is home to Sea Loft Village, beautiful seaside townhouses that feature easy access to the beach only feet away from your front door. A convenient boardwalk makes the trek to your beach adventure that much easier, and a community pool and tennis courts are right nearby as well. Amenities in Sea Loft Village include cable television, dishwashers, microwaves, central air, and private parking.

    Buck Island

    Buck Island is a private resort community in Corolla located within walking distance of many shopping and dining options. Located between Whalehead Beach and Crown Point, Buck Island is one of only a few Corolla beach communities offering gate access. Home to over 100 homes and duplexes ranging from 5 to 8 bedrooms, visitors to Buck Island enjoy a feeling of Southern hospitality and traditional vacation amenities including:

    • Olympic sized swimming pool
    • Heated whirlpool
    • Kiddie pool
    • Playground
    • Spa
    • Tennis courts
    • Basketball court
    • Private beach access
    • Lighted oceanfront walkway
    • Beach and cabana services

    Monterey Plaza Shopping Center is right next door, where visitors will find several restaurant and dining options, retail shops, a grocery store, movie theater, and even a spa. Across the street is TimBuck II Shopping Village, home to over 60 different shops, restaurants, services and recreation options.