Corolla, NC Vacations

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.

Corolla Attractions

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

This redbrick wonder was built in 1873 in what would later become the historic Corolla Village. In an effort to distinguish the Currituck Beach Lighthouse from other lighthouses in the area, such as Bodie Island Lighthouse, officials opted to leave the red bricks exposed. Now, the structure continues to tower over the Outer Banks' northern beaches and warn mariners of the coastline while also serving as a popular Corolla attraction. For an admission fee, visitors can climb the 220 steps to the top to be rewarded with a 360 view of the Atlantic Ocean, Corolla landscape, and Currituck Sound. The grounds around the lighthouse are home to the Museum Shop and the Victorian-style lighthouse keeper's house. The Currituck Lighthouse is part of Currituck Heritage Park, which includes the Whalehead Club and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

The Whalehead Club @ 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

The Outer Banks is an incredibly diverse area with the ocean, the sound, and an estuary. Each of these habitats is beautifully represented in the 22,000 square feet Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. This interpretive center opened in 2006 and houses a number of exhibits showcasing the variety of wildlife and habitats in the area. The center's most impressive exhibit is an 8,000-gallon aquarium with native fish. Outdoor sportsman will enjoy the center's collections of unique waterfowl decoys and historical outboard motors. Located across from the Whalehead Club in Currituck Heritage Park, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is ideal for all ages to explore. All exhibits are wheelchair accessible and hearing devices are available for the hearing impaired. The center is an engaging way to spend a rainy day on the Outer Banks and admission is free.

Wild Horses of Corolla

Corolla's oldest and most famous residents are the wild horses. These captivating creatures are the descendants of Spanish Mustangs originally imported by explorers in the early 16th century. Nearly 500 years later and the herd continues to roam the beaches and sand dunes of Corolla. Travel to the northern most beaches of Corolla, in the four-wheel drive accessible area of Carova to catch a glimpse of the wild horses. Several companies offer wild horse tours. These tours are provided by seasoned veterans who are knowledgeable about the area and horses. The tours are an engaging way to learn more about the animals while also seeing them. While staying in your Outer Banks vacation home in Corolla, you may find yourself sharing the beaches or even your front yard but remember to stay at least 50 feet away for the safety of both you and the horses. Here is a link to a helpfull video provided by the Corolla Wild Horse Foundation.

Corolla Beaches

Corolla's biggest draw is its oceanfront. As a relatively small area compared to its neighboring towns, Corolla boasts miles of wide-open beaches lined by mix of single-family vacation rentals and luxury oceanfront homes. The four-wheel drive area of Carova begins where the road ends and is perfect for an adventure off the beaten path...literally! Corolla's seclusion offers an ideal location for families to spread out a blanket and enjoy a peaceful day on the beach.

Corolla Shopping

Corolla offers a number of local boutiques and shops to explore. There are several shopping centers, including TimBuck II, Monteray Plaza, The Shoppes at Currituck Club, and Monteray Plaza and Corolla Light Town Center. These spots offer a variety of stores ranging from boutiques offering unique clothing and gifts to the grocery and chain stores that you recognize.

Corolla Dining

Corolla is a wonderful destination for both families and couples, thanks to its range of dining options. Restaurants in the area include everything from pizzerias to fine dining. During the summer, there is often live music making your dining experience that much more special.

Important Facts About Corolla


Driving On The Corolla's Beaches

There is no permit required to drive on the beach in Corolla/Carova, although you will need a permit to park along the beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit Currituck County's website for more information. When driving on the beach, speed limits are 25mph unless otherwise marked. Remember to go slower if you encounter wild horses and stay 50 feet away, even in a vehicle.

Dogs on Corolla's Beaches

Corolla follows a year-round leash law, meaning that dogs are permitted on the beaches year-round so long as they are on a leash. And don't forget to always pick up after your pet!

Average Corolla Temperatures

Corolla temperatures average a high of 85 from June through September. The shoulder seasons (fall and spring) average in the 60s, while the winter is mild with temperatures hovering around 40.

The Communities of Corolla

Corolla Village

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.

Whalehead Beaches

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.

Monteray Shores

The private resort of Monteray Shores offers a full package of amenities including a clubhouse with fax, Xbox, 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, 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, and planned activities for children.

Crown Point

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

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

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.

Pine Island

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.


Properties Available 32 properties available
This beautifully decorated home sits in a quiet cul-de-sac with only a short walk to the beach (280 yards). Just throw the beach chairs in the beach cart and go. While at the vacation home, the great room, game room, and pool provide ample room for the extended family to spread out. You will find that a lot of thought has been given to making this
1090 - SALTY DOG
Pets Alllowed Hot Tub Linens No Smoking Private Pool
Community: Corolla Location: Oceanside Turn Day: Sunday
Bedrooms 6 bedrooms
Bathrooms 4 baths 1 half baths
Guests 14 guests
“The Pearl” is a genuine and precious gem for your Outer Banks Beach Vacation! Recently redecorated and modernized, this lovely home will offer comfort and sophistication at its finest! Located in the beautiful Whalehead Beach Community of Corolla you will be just a short walk to the beach or in close proximity to the great shopping and
1367 - THE PEARL
Hot Tub Linens No Smoking Private Pool
Community: Corolla Location: Oceanside Turn Day: Saturday
Bedrooms 5 bedrooms
Bathrooms 4 baths 1 half baths
Guests 10 guests
Does your ideal vacation include a short walkway from your beach home to the oceanfront? Stress free relaxation! No traffic, no roads to cross, just out the door and steps to the boardwalk to the beach! Park the car, make yourself at home in this updated and spacious end unit town-home, and all you need is close by – ocean, community poo
1362 - PICKLED PELICAN
Linens No Smoking
Community: Corolla Type: Condos Location: Oceanside Turn Day: Friday
Bedrooms 2 bedrooms
Bathrooms 2 baths 1 half baths
Guests 6 guests
Sandzabar is a comfortable, four-bedroom home in Ocean Sands, Corolla, with spectacular ocean views and hardwood floors in the main living area. This home is set up perfectly for two small families vacationing together, or for one larger family. Enjoy the ocean view and breezes from the screened porch or watch the beautiful stars while relaxing in
1154 - SANDZABAR
Hot Tub Linens No Smoking
Community: Corolla Location: Oceanside Turn Day: Saturday
Bedrooms 4 bedrooms
Bathrooms 2 baths
Guests 9 guests
This lovely home is situated in the lush landscape of the The Currituck Club. The furnishings and thoughtful décor are designed for your comfort and convenience. Seabird is a keeper for your Outer Banks vacation year after year.Level 1:Great room with Queen sleep sofa, TV/DVD player and gas fireplace (available Oct 15 – Apr 16); d
1150 - SEABIRD
Hot Tub Linens No Smoking Private Pool
Community: Corolla Location: Soundside Turn Day: Sunday
Bedrooms 3 bedrooms
Bathrooms 2 baths 1 half baths
Guests 8 guests
Open and airy, The Chart House has everything your family needs for a fun and relaxing beach vacation! Excellent location – just steps from the “Barracuda walkway” direct to the ocean's ebb (a short five minute walk to beach). Watch the sunrise from one of the private decks. After a long day playing in the surf and sand, float
1170 - THE CHART HOUSE
Linens No Smoking Private Pool
Community: Corolla Location: Oceanside Turn Day: Saturday
Bedrooms 4 bedrooms
Bathrooms 3 baths 1 half baths
Guests 10 guests
A visit to “Awakening Sun” will allow you to capture the impressive and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean! You will OOH and AAH over the breathtaking sunrises each morning while enjoying your morning coffee from this home’s spacious, top floor sundeck. When you first enter this premiere Corolla Oceanfront home you will immedia
1371 - AWAKENING SUN
Pets Alllowed Hot Tub Linens No Smoking Private Pool
Community: Corolla Location: Oceanfront Turn Day: Saturday
Bedrooms 9 bedrooms
Bathrooms 8 baths 1 half baths
Guests 22 guests
Just five lots back from the beach with ocean views from the upper deck and an easy 175 yard walk to the beach access with no streets to cross. Smart TVs in all rooms to provide all with private space. CATS in living room and 3rd floor master bedroom. Located between the Harris Teeter shopping center and the Monteray Plaza (Food Lion) and Tim Buck
0778 - PLAY ALL DAY
Pets Alllowed Hot Tub Linens No Smoking Private Pool
Community: Corolla Location: Oceanside Turn Day: Saturday
Bedrooms 6 bedrooms
Bathrooms 4 baths 1 half baths
Guests 14 guests
Enjoy sunsets and views of the golf course, lake, and sound from the private pool, hot tub, or expansive open/covered furnished decks.Level 1:Game room, laundry room, bath with shower, as well as a furnished screened in porch.Level 2:3 bedrooms (1 Master with shower and Queen, 1 with Queen, 1 with Pyramid Bunk (T over Q) and Twins (one lofted), 1 h
0943 - CADDYSHACK
Hot Tub Linens No Smoking Private Pool
Community: Corolla Location: Westside Turn Day: Saturday
Bedrooms 4 bedrooms
Bathrooms 4 baths
Guests 8 guests
Level 1:4 bedrooms (master bedroom with King and private bath, 1 with King, 1 with Queen, 1 with Bunk set with Trundle) each bedroom has CATV, shared full bath, powder room.Level 2:Living room and dining room have all new furniture; outside decks and beach walkway have been replaced. Spacious living area, wet bar, 40" CATV, stereo/CD player. P
0640 - MONKEY BOTTOM
Linens No Smoking
Community: Corolla Location: Oceanfront Turn Day: Saturday
Bedrooms 4 bedrooms
Bathrooms 2 baths 2 half baths
Guests 9 guests
Triple Play is located on a cul-de-sac in a gated community. It’s only a short walk to the beach access (350 yards) and tennis. Golf and shopping are located across from the Spindrift subdivision at The Currituck Club.Level 1:Recreation room with Smart TV, air hockey, Pac Man game, wet bar with beverage refrigerator, Queen sleep sofa, half ba
1111 - TRIPLE PLAY
Hot Tub Linens No Smoking Private Pool
Community: Corolla Location: Oceanside Turn Day: Sunday
Bedrooms 6 bedrooms
Bathrooms 5 baths 2 half baths
Guests 14 guests
This stunning home, situated directly across from the ocean with easy beach access, is perfect for your next family vacation or retreat! 180 yards to beach access.Level 1:Master bedroom (with King), full bath, recreation room with CATV, ping pong table, refrigerator, powder room with outside entrance from pool, laundry area and pool access.Level 2:
0642 - OCEAN VIEW
Hot Tub Linens No Smoking Private Pool
Community: Corolla Location: Oceanfront-Semi Turn Day: Saturday
Bedrooms 6 bedrooms
Bathrooms 5 baths 2 half baths
Guests 15 guests

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