Handicap Accessibility

    The Currituck Outer Banks is striving to provide all of our visitors’ easy access to our beautiful beaches and historic areas.

    Many vacation rental homes are available for vacationers who require adaptive equipment for access within the homes and to the beach.

    Our vacation rental companies are able to provide interested visitors with a list of homes that will work for their needs.


    Visitors may rent beach equipment (including beach wheelchairs) at these convenient locations:

    Corolla has two beach accesses with ramps for beach wheelchairs.  The first access is across from the Currituck Visitor’s Center and the second is at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse on Corolla Village Road. The Corolla Village Road ramp is updated with an improved parking lot, paved walkway, and dune walkover to the beach.

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    Beach Driving Tips

    Beach Safety Rules & Tips

    Swimming Safety & Rip Currents

    • If you see red flags flying, this indicates that a rip current has been spotted, or due to the conditions in the water, a rip current is likely. If you find yourself caught in a rip current, do not panic, swim out of the current, parallel to the shoreline.
    • Always swim near a lifeguard. If you need assistance, wave your arms for help. You should never swim alone.
    • Do not enter the water if you do not know how to swim.

    What Should I Do If…

    • …I get caught in a rip current? Stay calm and try not to panic. Don’t try to swim directly to shore; swim out of the current in a direction parallel to the shoreline and slowly work your way back to the beach at an angle.  For a great explanation on how to escape a rip current, check out the video below:

    • …I lose my child? Locate a lifeguard who will use radios to communicate a description of your child. Stay with that lifeguard; he or she is your liaison with all other rescue personnel. Send a family member back to your house, if it is within walking distance, to determine if your child is there.
      To prevent or minimize such a situation from happening, parents should discuss with their children beach safety and the importance of maintaining visual contact with one another. Make sure everyone knows where they are staying, including the house name. Put a bracelet on smaller children with all pertinent contact information.
    • …I get stung by a jelly fish? A normal reaction to a jelly fish sting is red welts and sometimes itching or stinging. Unless you are experiencing difficulty breathing or are breaking out in hives, your reaction is typical and the best thing to do is apply heat and/or ammonia to break down the proteins in the venom. Do not scrub the sting with sand; this only agitates the stingers. If you do experience any difficulty breathing or any other adverse reaction, contact a lifeguard or call 9-1-1 immediately.
    • …I see a shark? Shark sightings at the Outer Banks are extremely rare. But if you think you see a shark, DO NOT yell “SHARK!” like they do in the movies. That’s like yelling “FIRE!” in a movie theater.  You would do nothing but incite panic. In all probability, it is not a shark. It could be a ray, a dolphin, a floating piece of debris, etc. If you think you see a shark, you should locate a lifeguard and calmly relay the location of your sighting and a detailed description of what you saw. That lifeguard will contact the appropriate authorities and they will determine what action should be taken.
    • …I see red flags flying? Red flags on the beach indicate that ocean conditions are considered unsafe and the risk is too high for the average swimmer. In addition, swimming when red flags are posted is against the law, and you will be fined. Churning water can easily knock you down, and reports of broken bones are not uncommon. Rough water also produces floating debris, such as ship timbers. Adults wading in knee-deep water can be knocked down by powerful waves and dragged by rip currents on red-flag days.
      (Note: A surfer may enter the water if he/she is attached by leash to a fiberglass surf board of at least 5 feet in length and has at least one fin. Please be aware that most rental surf boards are not made of fiberglass and, therefore, do NOT meet this exception.
    • …I get caught in a backwash current? To escape this current, swim straight toward shore if you are a strong swimmer. If you are not a strong swimmer, do not panic; wait and float until the current stops, then swim in.

    Beach Safety Rules & Tips

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    Each year, thousands of visitors enjoy the beautiful beaches of Currituck and Corolla on the Outer Banks. Currituck County wants to ensure this natural environment is maintained for years to come, and that our visitors enjoy a “sunsational” Corolla beach vacation!

    Safety Information:

    Pine Island Station 470 Ocean Trail (Route 12) Corolla, NC 27927
    Whalehead Station  827 Whalehead Drive Corolla, NC 27927
    Corolla Fire & Rescue Volunteer Fire Department sells T-shirts at the Pine Island Station.

    Please contact us with any questions.
    Corolla Ocean Rescue website

    Learn More About:

    Swimming Safety & Rip Currents
    SEAL Program
    Water Sense
    Shark Safety Info from NOAA
    Beach Driving Tips
    Beach Access Locations
    Handicap Accessibility

    Here are a few tips, rules, and regulations that will keep our beaches safe, fun and clean for years to come:

    • Help keep our OBX beaches clean; remove all trash from the beach when you leave.
    • Unattended items (canopies, umbrellas, nets, poles, grills, etc.) should not be left on the beach strand overnight and should not obstruct traffic or pedestrian movement during the day.  Unattended items left on the beach will be tagged as a reminder to remove them each day by sunset.  Any tagged items left on the beach after sunset will then be removed in order to ensure the safety of our beach visitors.  Unattended items that have been removed will not be returned.
    • Walking or driving on the dunes is prohibited. The dunes are home to nesting turtles and vegetation specific to the area. In addition, they protect homes from flooding during a storm surge.
    • It is illegal to launch sky lanterns, commonly known as Chinese lanterns, anywhere in Currituck County. Sky lanterns are airborne paper lanterns and similar to a miniature hot air balloon. They are often powered by a fuel cell or candle that heats the air, fills the balloon and makes the lantern fly up into the sky.
    • Open burning – including bonfires – along the OBX beaches of Currituck County is not allowed. Self-contained portable fire pits with covers are allowed on the beach, but they have to stay contained in the fire bowl and have to be removed from the beach every evening.
    • Overnight camping on the beach is prohibited.
    • Stay at least 50 feet from wild horses (per County ordinance). Please remember they are wild and should not be fed.
    • Do not park or set up beach equipment next to the water’s edge or dune line; these are designated Fire, Emergency, and vehicular traffic lanes.
    • For your safety, when red flags are flying, SWIMMING IS NOT ALLOWED!  These red flags indicate rip current warnings. For current rip current information, click here to visit NOAA’s website.
    • Fireworks and bonfires are illegal in all areas of Corolla.
    • It is strongly recommended that all kayakers wear life jackets.
    • All surfers must be tethered to their boards.
    • Please refill any beach holes for which your party is responsible, as open holes are a safety concern for 4×4 vehicles and people.
    • Before choosing your spot on the beach, check to make sure you will not hinder the performance of lifeguards during an emergency situation. Maintain a clear path along the dune-line for patrol units and in front of the stationary lifeguard stands.
    • Please be sure to clean up after your dog(s). All dogs on the beach must be controlled by a leash or other like-device.
    • Wear sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) at all times. Avoid the hottest parts of the day, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
    • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
    • If a wave crashes on you while surfing or swimming, do not try to struggle against it to the surface. Curl into a ball, or go limp and float. The wave will take you to the beach, or you can swim to the surface when it soon passes.
    • Do not touch dead animals. Notify a lifeguard.
    • Jet skis are not allowed to be launched on the ocean or from any ocean beach location in Currituck.  Riding and launching a jet ski is permitted in the Currituck Sound.

    Outer Banks Weather

    Corolla, North Carolina’s moderate climate and mild temperatures make the Currituck Outer Banks a great destination to visit year-round. With weather that remains nice, even into the winter months, many outdoor activities can be enjoyed all year.

    Outer Banks Weather – Average Air and Water Temperatures

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    36-Hour Forecast

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