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Corolla Outer Banks
At the northern end of the Currituck Outer Banks, Corolla (pronounced cor-AH-la) Beach is an upscale resort area with luxurious cottages, numerous shopping, dining and recreational opportunities, and expansive beaches.
Described by USA Weekend as ''one of the 10 best undiscovered beaches on the East Coast'', Corolla Beach is the fastest-developing area of the Outer Banks.
Its 3,000 vacation homes are renown for their lavish comforts, such as swimming pools, hot tubs, fireplaces, and for their amazing views. Some of them have sleeping accommodation for 20 or more, so they are popular places for several families who wish to vacation together.
The beach at Corolla is particularly nice, even by Outer Bank's standards. It is flat and wide, and in the peak of the summer there is plenty of room to play.
Sunrises at Corolla can be spectacular, and are a rewarding experience for any adventurous souls prepared to get up early enough to witness them. The beach is virtually deserted; the few humans you may see will likely be surf fishers getting their lines wet.
To get to the beach, you can either walk the 700-foot path straight down Bonito St. directly across from the Monteray Shores entrance; or you can drive and park in a parking area on the left side of Bonito St. on the last block before the beach.
Off the Beach
Corolla has a unique mix of shops and historic buildings, including the 1895 red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse, the only light in North Carolina that is still housed in its original structure. This 163-foot lighthouse was first put into service on December 1, 1875, and still serves as an aid to navigation. Each of the many lighthouses in the region received distinctive painted exteriors to aid identification, except the light at Corolla. It was distinguished by being left unpainted, allowing visitors to view its nearly one million bricks!
The lighthouse is open to the public from Easter to Thanksgiving. Climb the 200+ steps to the top for a spectacular view of the Atlantic Coast and the Currituck Sound.
South of the lighthouse is the Whalehead Club, a copper-roofed, canary-yellow mansion that stands out from the surrounding landscape. In the process of being restored to its former 1922 hunt-club glory, it will one day house a wildlife museum.
Old Corolla Village, north of the lighthouse, reveals its history as a once isolated community with dusty, unpaved roads, a one-room schoolhouse, restored homes, and the charming Corolla Chapel.
North of Corolla is a four-wheel-drive area, where the famous wild horses of the Northern Outer Banks roam. Some of these horses are believed to be descendants of mustangs brought to the New World by Spanish expeditions in the 1520s. Once these horses roamed all over the area; today fewer than 20 remain in the wild. Several companies in Corolla rent ATVs for touring this area and spying on the horses.
Plenty of activities for the whole family from movies, miniature golf to all sorts of water sports
Tennis & Golf
Hiking and biking
For animal lovers - definitely watch the wild ponies roam the beaches.
Climb Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Flat and wide beach makes this perfect for playing
Enjoy wide, pristine beaches