At the northern end of the Outer Banks, what's also known as the Currituck Outer Banks, Corolla is a resort area that caters to vacationers with mostly locally owned shops, restaurants, and recreation opportunities. Ever since 1984, when Highway 12 was extended north of the Dare County line, it has become an extremely popular Outer Banks vacation destination. Many Corolla vacation rentals include luxury homes with amenities such as private pools, theater rooms, hot tubs, game rooms and more! Corolla is quickly becoming one of the most desirable destinations for upscale Outer Banks vacation rentals.
Corolla is increasingly becoming popular for it's fishing, beach weddings, and vacations that take you away from everything. Well known for its wild mustangs, Corolla also offers incredible nature tours. And don't forget to explore some of Corolla’s fine dining.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse & Gift Shop
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was built in 1875 and features an unpainted exterior to distinguish it from other regional lighthouses. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum Shop are open daily in season 9AM to 5PM. The lighthouse was built to fill the last remaining "dark spot" of the NC coast between Bodie Island and Cape Henry, VA. Views from the top of the lighthouse are breathtaking and not to be missed.
The Whalehead Club at Currituck Heritage Park
The Whalehead Club features unique Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts style architecture and Tiffany light fixtures. The club is open for tours year round and offers group and self-guided tours. Built in October of 1922 by Northern Industrialist Edward Collings Knight, Jr. and his bride Marie Louise LeBel, the Whalehead Club was originally a 21,000 sq.ft. private residence. Its location on the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Flyway was perfect to satisfy the Knight's passion for waterfowl hunting. It has withstood hurricanes and nor'easters, witnessed a series of owners, and entertained hundreds of visitors from 1925 to 1970. In 1992, Currituck County purchased the badly deteriorated Whalehead Club in the interest of historic preservation. Today, the Whalehead Club is an intricate part of Currituck Heritage Park. Situated on 39 acres of sound front property, the public is invited to tour this newly restored "jewel by the sea".
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education offers exhibits and programs about coastal North Carolina's wildlife and habitats, natural history and cultural heritage. The center also features special presentations and programs for children. Admission is free.
The main attraction in Corolla is the oceanfront - miles and miles of wide, open beaches that are lined with single-family vacation rental homes. The "4-wheel drive" area, which begins where the road ends, is open to visitors who want to explore on their own or take advantage of one of the many guided tours available in the area.
Communities in Corolla:
Just before the road ends you will find Corolla Village which features the historic Currituck Lighthouse, Whalehead Club, small shops and The Corolla Chapel. Stroll over to see historic homes that have been converted into charming shops, climb to the top of the lighthouse, or take a tour of the Whalehead Club.
This community, at the heart of Corolla, offers wide, uncrowded beaches and is close to all the best shopping, dining, and family activities Corolla has to offer. With three tiers of Oceanside homes, you're never far from the beach, and many homes have private pools. Many homes offer city water; however, some homes use private wells. Please check individual property descriptions for details.
The private resort of Monteray Shores offers a full package of amenities including a clubhouse with fax and office facilities, pool table, video and pinball games, TV/VCR and picnic area, fitness room, and wireless internet. Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool with kiddie pool (mid-May through mid-October, weather permitting), four tennis courts (lighted for night play), boat launch ramp for small boats or windsurfers, soundfront pier and gazebo, half court basketball, playground, Oceanside parking within one block of the beach access, several stocked ponds for fishing, and planned activities for children.
The community of Crown Point offers private tennis courts, swimming pool, and picnic grounds. Homes in this area are just a short walk or bike ride to Monteray Plaza and Timbuck II shopping centers. And the wide flat beaches are perfect for the beach glass and shell collectors in your family.
Ocean Sands, offers the wide, soft sand beaches and is surrounded by natural shrubbery such as bayberry and wax myrtle which shelters the variety of birds and other wildlife residing in the area. A seven-acre, stocked freshwater lake is also a haven for waterfowl. Community tennis courts, located in Sections D, F and H, are available to most guests (check individual property description for details). Southern Ocean Sands, Sections A, B & C, do not offer community amenities, but all other sections do.
The Currituck Club
The Currituck Club offers an 18 Hole Championship Rees Jones Signature Golf Course, free trolley transportation system, a 2,050 sq. ft. swimming pool with a kiddie pool, a pool bathhouse with family facilities, 2 outdoor tennis courts, 4 lighted half-court basketball goals, children's playground, fishing ponds, lighted biking and jogging trails, lighted sand volleyball court, and a fully equipped fitness center offering classes, personal trainers, ping pong, billiards, and a tennis shop.
Spindrift is a small, private community in Corolla where you will enjoy private access to beautiful, wide beaches. While here enjoy a round of golf at the Currituck Club, or visit the shops and restaurants right across the street.
Located across from the National Audubon Society Sanctuary, Pine Island guests have access to community tennis, basketball, oceanfront pool, jogging and bike paths and playground.